Tell legislators that Utahns need transparency in renter fees to afford housing (HB 211)!

Utah is currently experiencing a rental affordability and availability crisis. Vacancy rates remain at near all-time lows across the Wasatch Front’s most populous counties. A lack of transparency surrounding disclosures from property owners severely impacts low income residents. Renters are being confronted with unknown fees and costs after signing leases, making them more vulnerable to eviction if left unpaid.

Have you been forced to pay hidden renter fees? We want to know!

Are you a renter in Utah? Take this brief survey – and forward to other renters as well. Legislators need to know how hidden fees impact renters!

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What Else Can You Do

HB 211 Renter Expenses Disclosure Requirements by Rep. Marsha Judkins (R-Provo) would require owners of residential rental units to disclose and provide potential renters with a comprehensive, itemized list of all fees, expenses, and costs that a potential renter would be obligated to pay – prior to entering into a rental agreement or accepting an application fee. This good bill aims to address rental instability by making sure renters know all associated costs prior to entering into any rental agreement and affirming that property owners cannot evict renters for not paying previously undisclosed costs.

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What would HB 211 Renter Expenses Disclosure Agreements do?

HB 211 would require owners of residential rental units to disclose and provide potential renters with a comprehensive, itemized list of all fees, expenses, and costs that a potential renter would be obligated to pay – prior to entering into a rental agreement or accepting an application fee. This bill aims to address rental instability by making sure renters know all associated costs prior to entering into any rental agreement and affirming that property owners cannot evict renters for not paying previously undisclosed costs.

Ask the House Business and Labor Committee to vote YES on HB 211!

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Do you have a story about how lack of transparency in renter fees has impacted you or someone you know? Please let the legislators know how this real problem impacts real Utahns!
  • HB 211 helps ensure Utahns on the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum move into their new homes and are stable. It has been shown that decent affordable housing improves the overall health, safety and welfare of communities while reducing crime and poverty. Low-income households are more self-sufficient, and less dependent upon public assistance when they can afford decent housing.
  • Nearly 30% of all households in Utah are renters. In order to afford a 2-bedroom unit, renters would need to work an estimated 51 hours a week at the median hourly wage rate. Utahns are facing challenges applying for apartments only to be billed extra fees tacked on each month that they couldn’t afford.
  • At risk groups such as aging residents and domestic violence victims, would have more information upfront before paying application fees and signing leases.
  • HB 211 helps resolve confusion regarding what is included in rent and additional utility fees (such as garbage, water, gas, etc.) and which party is responsible for payment.
  • Non-payment for undisclosed fees may lead to eviction, which can make it extremely difficult for tenants to secure future housing.
  • HB 211 seeks to protect landlords by disclosing costs prior to rental agreement terms, making it more clear what will be paid and what potential tenants can and can’t afford. Similarly, it protects tenants by sparing them from unnecessary application fees for housing that will ultimately be out of reach.

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