Good Landlord Programs Hurt Community Reintegration Efforts

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2017
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Good Landlord Programs Hurt Community Reintegration Efforts

Salt Lake City - The Utah House Business and Labor Committee voted to pass HB 178 - Good Landlord Amendments out of committee and to the full House for a vote. The bill removes incentives for landlords to deny tenancy from anyone with a criminal conviction within the past four years.

Representative King, the bill sponsor, said “The government should not be able to coerce business owners into denying people housing. It isn’t right. As a state, we are trying to support small business while recognizing the hardships people face when trying to correct past mistakes. We should be making it easier to get on the straight and narrow, not harder.” 

Currently, 14 Utah cities have existing programs, including Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, and Ogden. The legislation has the support of the Utah Department of Corrections, Adult Probation and Parole, Libertas Institute, the Utah Housing Coalition and many more. Information about support and the bill can be found here.

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