Fair Rent Commission

April 27, 2022

 

With April being designated as Fair Housing Month, I would like to bring to your attention legislation I was proud to lead on the House floor as Chair of the Housing Committee.

Some of you may recall last year in August when I heard from more than a dozen elderly tenants at Stonegate Properties about notices of non-renewal lease at 1160 South Main Street in Middletown. State law protects tenants from out-of-state corporations taking advantage of residents and displacing community members, particularly those who are 62 or older and from getting evicted without cause – (CT Statute Sec.47a-23c of chapter 832). 

Fair rent commissions are essential to supporting vulnerable populations facing rent hikes that often price them out of available housing – and ultimately, to helping stabilize rental costs in a climate where rates remain at an all-time high.

With the House passage of HB 5205, a measure that was crafted to address situations like the one at Stonegate, we are a step closer to ensuring that larger cities and towns create these necessary commissions to ensure that we protect tenants from unfair housing practices.

Additionally, below are some helpful examples of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act:

 

🏠 Refusal to rent or sell housing

🏠 Refusal to negotiate for housing

🏠 Making housing unavailable

🏠 Setting different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a property

🏠Providing different housing services or facilities

🏠 Falsely denying housing is available for inspection, sale or rental of a property

🏠 Persuading owners to sell or rent their home for profit

🏠 Denying access to or membership in a facility or service related to the sale of housing

🏠 Advertising or making any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color,  national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or blindness. This prohibition applies to single family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.



Looking for fair housing resources? These are a great place to start:

🌐 Connecticut Fair Housing Center: https://www.ctfairhousing.org/
🌐 National Fair Housing Alliance: https://nationalfairhousing.org/
📞 Housing Discrimination Hotline: 1-800-669-9777