By a Vote of 4-3 Newcastle Tenant Protection Ordinance Fails
At their Tuesday night meeting, the Newcastle city council voted 4-3 against adopting a set of tenant protection proposals pushed region wide by A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH). The ordinance championed by Newcastle Councilor Paul Charbonneau would have implemented the full package of ARCH proposed tenant protections: notice of rent increase, move in fees and security deposit limits, late fee limits and a prohibition on requiring social security numbers as part of the application process.
Ryan Makinster, WMFHA Director of Government Affairs, submitted a letter outlining industry concerns and also testified during the Tuesday night meeting. In addition, a number of WMFHA members also submitted written testimony to the council.