Landlord Tenant Law Changes Proposed in AANC-Supported Bills

Posted By: Jon Lowder Blog ,

The Apartment Association of North Carolina is supporting a bill in Raleigh, SB644, that would make a few changes to landlord-tenant law:

AANC’s first bill of the session was filed last week. SB644 addresses a collection of landlord/tenant law changes to elevate operational challenges. This bill will clarify and affirm a landlord’s rights to recover out-of-pocket expenses and litigation costs during the eviction proceedings. It also codifies protections for landlords pertaining to criminal screenings and address collection of property in small estate claims to allow housing providers the authority to dispose of personal property with legal consent from the estate. Our Primary Sponsors are Senator Britt, Senator Perry, and Senator Newton. We will continue to update the progression of this bill as it moves through the legislative process. In the coming weeks AANC will file a companion house bill that will include emotional support language, as well as a separate bill that will address safe harbor liability protections under fair debt collections.

Other legislative initiatives that AANC is monitoring:

SB349:  While not introduced by our association, this bill has a number of strong provisions. This bill would make it easier for builders to build duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes in residentially zoned areas. It would also limit local government abilities to regulate the construction of accessory dwelling units and codify the ban on owner occupancy requirements, to name a few. We will continue to monitor this bill through the legislative process and aid support if necessary.  

SB480: This bill would broaden domestic violence protections language and extend protections to include tenants who are victims of attempted homicide or a household member of a victim of homicide if the crime happens on the property. We would love member feedback on this bill. Section 2(c) would allow the early termination of a lease if a tenant is a victim of domestic violence. The tenant would be considered a “protected tenant” and could terminate the lease if they provide the landlord with a 30 day notice and a copy of a valid order of protection issued by the court. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, concerns or insight you wish to share as we monitor this bill.