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NAA Seeks Affiliates’ Assistance on Model Landlord and Tenant Legislation

Model Landlord and Tenant Legislation

NAA is seeking assistance from affiliated associations to promote the apartment industry’s interests to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), which is revising the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA or the Act). Last updated in 1972, the URLTA is envisioned as model legislation covering residential landlord and tenant law that states can adopt in whole or part. The original Act was adopted by 21 states.

This document carries weight with state legislatures because each state appoints commissioners to the ULC and the Commission is funded through state appropriations. Appointed commissioners are made up of attorneys, judges, state legislators and legislative staff.

After years in the drafting process, the Commission is scheduled to put the revised draft to a final vote in July and plans to finalize the draft for consideration by state legislatures in 2016. In anticipation of the July vote, NAA is seeking assistance from its affiliated associations to promote the apartment industry’s interests with their local commissioners. Commissioners play a vital role as they can make amendments to the proposal and vote on the final version of the model legislation.

Please consult the ULC’s list of commissioners by state and contact Nicole Upano, Manager of State and Local Affairs, or Fred Tayco, Director of State & Local Government Affairs. At this time, NAA staff is trying to ascertain whether NAA affiliates or members have existing relationships with ULC commissioners.

 

Contributor: Nicole Upano