HB 1388 - Residential Rent Practice (7% Cap)

Posted By: Ryan Makinster Bills,

Protecting tenants by prohibiting predatory residential rent practices and by applying the consumer protection act to the residential landlord-tenant act and the manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act.

Bill Information

Sponsors:  MacriRamelPetersonThaiGregersonHackneyOrmsbyAlvaradoDoglioCortesRiccelliMenaKlobaBatemanFitzgibbonStreetTaylorLekanoffSimmonsFarivarPolletStonierBerryReedBergquistMorganDavisSantosChoppStearnsFosse

Status: (H) Appropriations

What the bill does:

  • Applies to both residential housing and manufactured home communities.

  • Prohibits a landlord from increasing rent more than the rate of inflation (CPI-U) or 3%, whichever is greater, up to a maximum or 7% above existing rent if the rent increase:
    Is not justified by costs necessary to maintain the dwelling unit
    Is substantially likely to lead to the displacement of the tenant, or
    Is used to avoid other tenant protections.

  • Creates a private cause of action for a tenant to recover actual damages, punitive damages equal to 3 months' rent and fees, and reasonable attorneys' fees and costs.

  • Provides that a violation of the RLTA or MHLTA is a violation of the Consumer Protection Act.

  • Prohibits charging a higher rent or including terms of payment or other material conditions in a rental agreement that are more burdensome to a tenant for a month-to-month rental agreement than for a longer-term rental agreement.

  • Rent increase provisions do not apply to:
    Dwelling units that are less than 10 years old.
    Tenancies for which the landlord is required to reduce rent to 30% or less of the tenant's income because of a federal, state, or local program or subsidy.

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HB 1388 was scheduled for Executive Session in (H) Housing on Thursday, Feb 2, but has since been removed probably becasue members believe it needs more work.