Landlord Tenant Issues and COVID-19

Issue brief
Housing Land Use & Property Rights 

Landlord/tenant issues have been a hot topic in the legislature for the past several years. A variety of factors have led to an affordable housing crisis. Housing inventory is low while there is an increasing demand for housing. There are strict regulations on new construction and suburban development. Key legislative reforms have been passed into law, including 2019’s SB 5600, further complicating the current situation. Further, many property owners are leaving the rental housing industry due to challenging legal and economic conditions. With the economic uncertainty that came with COVID-19, housing stability became a forefront issue for our state and local governments.

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