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.
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
The legislative session is over and honestly, probably should never had commenced in the first place. The petty partisan bickering was an an all-time high as the Republicans where sore for losing the Governors race that was theirs to loose while the Democrats had to come to grips with an economy that has completely flat-lined under their control and the State is sinking faster than the Titanic!
Every legislative proposal, except extending the Foreclosure Mediation Program pertaining to housing died; the good bad and the ugly…WHAT A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME …enough said.
Just days remain until the 2015 Legislative session draws to a close at midnight on June 3rd. I just can’t recall a year where the fighting has been this great and the end result could be show progress for owners at this time. While 3 of our 4 Legislative submissions made it till the final round and we still may get 2 to become law, the exchange between political parties and advocates give us reason to believe not much good will result from all the effort. This is extremely sad as property owners no doubt will soon be looking at tax increases shortly at many levels.