2021-2023 Biennium Review: Landlord-Tenant

Session review

The impacts of COVID-19 and poor policy combined have created havoc on tenant-landlord issues in recent years. With the COVID-19 eviction moratoriums formally ended on October 31st, 2021, we are just now getting a clearer picture on the true impacts that recent burdensome legislation has had on the rental housing market. Landlords are fleeing the market at unprecedented rates in a housing market which ranks 50th in the nation for available housing units per household. This means that already short rental supplies are becoming more strained, and available rental properties become even more expensive. The 2022 legislative session was a silver lining in what has been a dismal record of late on landlord-tenant issues, with damaging “tenant protection” legislation commonly dying before making it to the floor. However, little was done to ease the large burdens already faced by landlords which have become major drivers of the current rental housing exodus.

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