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Bill Detail: HB19-1106

 

Title Rental Application Fees
Status House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (02/19/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Housing
House Sponsors S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Pettersen (D)
House Committee Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/14/2019
Description

The bill states that a landlord may not charge a prospective tenant
a rental application fee unless the landlord uses the entire amount of the
fee to cover the landlord's costs in processing the rental application. A
landlord also may not charge a prospective tenant a rental application fee
that is in a different amount than a rental application fee charged to
another prospective tenant who applies to rent:

  • The same dwelling unit; or
  • If the landlord offers more than one dwelling unit for rent
at the same time, any other dwelling unit offered by the
landlord.
The bill requires a landlord to provide to any prospective tenant
who has paid a rental application fee either a disclosure of the landlord's
anticipated expenses for which the fee will be used or a receipt that
itemizes the landlord's actual expenses incurred.
The bill requires that, before accepting a rental application or
collecting a rental application fee from a prospective tenant, a landlord
shall give the prospective tenant written notice of the landlord's tenant
selection criteria and the grounds upon which a rental application may be
denied. If a landlord uses rental history or credit history as criteria in
consideration of an application, the landlord shall neither inquire into nor
consider any rental history or credit history beyond 7 years immediately
preceding the date of the application.
If a landlord denies a rental application based on any of certain
described grounds, the landlord shall provide the prospective tenant a
written notice of the denial that states the reasons for the denial.
A landlord who violates any of the requirements created in the bill
is liable to the person who is charged a rental application fee for twice the
amount of the rental application fee, plus court costs and reasonable
attorney fees.

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