Senate Bill 5060 seeks to require landlords to register rental and vacant properties in order to track the availability of “affordable housing inventory” across the state. Rental units would have to be registered with the state Department of Commerce every two years, with an initial registration fee of $70 per unit, plus a fee of $15 for each additional unit. The Department of Commerce would also have a website that hosts all the rental information in real time, as well as provide owners of four or more properties rental assistance programming resources. Additionally, the bill would establish a rule that landlords may not lawfully evict a tenant if they are not registered with the department. Exceptions to this registration would include individual rooms in an owner-occupied home, units in hotels, inns or similar lodgings, or units in schools, churches, hospitals or government-run properties.
Status: Bill is moving forward, introduced in the Senate Jan. 9