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New Laws Go Into Effect – Impact Rental Housing

Three new Laws went into effect in 2016 that impact Rental Housing directly; one of these deals with Bedbugs, the others are “Fair Housing” and Security Deposits. On Tuesday 11-15-2015, CTPOA will host a networking and meet-up for the housing community at SAN MARINOS RESTAURANT, 111 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury from 5:30 till 7:00pm followed by an update on the new laws. 30149564232_c6878d2ac7_z

Photo of CTPOA President Bob DeCosmo, Rep. Larry Butler and other Housing Advocates at the October 11th Governor’s “Bill Signing Ceremony” for new Housing laws.

At 7:00pm, there will be a presentation from Mike Morin of Bedbug Finders LLC and he will detail some of the highlights and requirements for landlords when exterminating Bedbugs. Additionally, CTPOA president Bob De Cosmo will provide an update on the other requirements imposed upon Connecticut landlords from this past Legislative session that impact leases and closings. Tom Fernandes of maximum Home Performance will detail the benefits of a cost saving energy audit (which you can ordered on our website)

Paid CTPOA members can attend for free and also view the new laws by logging into our website and visiting “Laws & Statutes,” then clicking on “New Laws – 2016.” The public is invited to this event and there is a $10 charge for non-members to help cover the costs of the food. Please register by visiting the “Events” section on our website.

Connecticut Exploring New Property Maintenance Code

Within one week, after CTPOA’s efforts to expose how the process of investigating discrimination complaints has fallen out of balance, our focus shifted from Fair Housing to Property Maintenance. The Fair Housing issue is far from over and a follow-up meeting with CHRO Vice Commissioner Sheryl Sharp, Housing Co-Chair State Representative Larry Butler and CTPOA president Bob DeCosmo is scheduled for October 11th, another important issue is now impacting Connecticut Property Owners and demanding attention.

With the formation of a new “Working Group” led by Supervisory Housing Prosecutor Judith Dicine in collaboration with the State Department of Public Health, a group of interested parties has been convened to look into whether Connecticut should implement a Statewide Property Maintenance Code. The purpose for such a working group is to research the pros and cons of such a statewide code.

On September 29, approximately two dozen individuals, many from code-enforcement showed up at the office of the Chief State’s Attorney in Rocky Hill for a two hour meeting to decide if Connecticut should implement the International Code Council 2015 Property Maintenance Code.

The CT Apartment Association was represented by their lobbyist John Bailey, Government Affairs committee members Dan Lax and Attorney Robert Chesson, while CTPOA members David Habberfeld and Bob DeCosmo attended the meeting. The next meeting is set for November 2 at 9:30 and John Bailey and Bob DeCosmo will be in attendance at a sub-group that is tasked with dissecting the code to see what if anything must be changed to account for Connecticut’s aging housing stock.

State Committee Investigating Handling of Discrimination Complaints

ALL REALTORS & LANDLORDS ASKED TO ATTEND HEARING OR SEND IN TESTIMONY

Property Owners are finally getting a chance to address their concerns on how discrimination complaints are being processed at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities this month. The State’s Program Review and Investigation Committee has announced a public hearing on this subject. The date is September 21st, 10:00am at the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford Hearing Room 1-D. (Those wishing to testify, show up at 9:00am to sign-up)

CTPOA fully supports Fair Housing and its goals. We oppose discrimination but don’t want to fund an extreme political agenda at the expense of innocent Realtors, Property Owners and Businesses.

For several years CTPOA has reviewed many disturbing complaints about cases of tenants claiming discrimination by Landlords and Realtors and then demanding huge monetary settlements. Lately, many Property Owners are claiming its “Entrapment and Extortion” and want criminal charges brought for creating a racket and scheme to generate money by filing false and frivolous discrimination claims knowing the investigation process is strongly in favor of the complainant!

Several owners say they where entrapped by “paid testers” that asked leading questions and then filed complaints demanding in excess of $40,000 for minor violations of the CT law, many involving the Section-8 program. In Connecticut Section-8 is a protected class under “Lawful source of income” but the program is not a protected class at the Federal level adding to the confusion.

In some cases secret tape recordings where made without the owners knowledge or consent by individuals pretending to be apartment renters and then drew the owner into conversations about Section-8 that the elderly owners where unaware of the correct answers and these secret tape recording were being considered as evidence against the property owner. The owner settled with the tenant because to prove his innocence would cost triple in legal fees and court costs so the fake tenant is free to continue to use secret tape recoding and entrap other elderly property owners.

Perhaps there is no better case that proves how unbalanced the CT Fair Housing laws are than the Bill and Mary Luth case. Their case truly proves why we must reform these laws.

Click on the links below for more information regarding the upcoming hearing.

The Luths, a CHRO Failure and Sad Day for Connecticut

Public Hearing Announcement and Details

Fair Housing Recommendations

Taxpayer Funded Discrimination Study….Conflict of Interest Makes Study Worthless

 

 

News for Property Owners…

Summer is over and we’re back from the annual recess CTPOA takes in July and August. The issues impacting property owners in CT however did not stop and much work lays ahead of us Legislatively on; Fair Housing Complaints, Eviction Costs, Increased Regulatory Requirements and our ever increasing efforts to educate property owners on best practices and new laws.

ALSO……The election season is also upon us and there are a few races we are keeping an eye on. CTPOA continues to stress hows important it is to elect responsible policy makers that want to protect Connecticut’s struggling working class families and small business owners.

Older Post From Previous Updates

June 11, 2015…Is Connecticut becoming so business unfriendly that the article below becomes a growing concern for rental housing owners?….click to read the Elizabeth Lesly Stevens article…The Small-Time Landlords vs. Big-Time Tenants’ Rights