Housing and Community Development – ​​Conduit Street

0

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in housing and community development during the 2022 General Assembly.

When advocating for county housing and community development needs, MACo supports legislation that strengthens local government efforts to address public and affordable housing, cove, foreclosure and community development.

This year, the Maryland General Assembly held a legislative session like no other due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The unique circumstances surrounding the 443rd legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge for lawmakers and advocates. Despite the unusual circumstances, MACo’s advocacy still led to more positive results for its members.

Follow these links for more coverage on our Conduit Street blog and Legislative database.


Grant programs

MACo supported legislation creating a grant program to help homeowners, local governments and non-profits mitigate water damage caused by extreme weather. HB 537 Housing and Community Development – Severe Weather Support and Mitigation Grant Program for Homeowners lack at the General Assembly.

Invoice Information I MACo coverage

MACo supported legislation increasing funding for the Shelter and Transitional Housing Grant Program by $2 million beginning in fiscal year 2024. HB 608 Housing and Community Development – Shelter and Transitional Housing Subsidy Program – Mandatory Funding lack at the General Assembly.

Invoice Information I MACo coverage


Prevention of evictions and rental assistance

The MACo supported legislation allowing counties to make laws preventing landlords from not renewing or terminating leases without cause. HB 881 Landlord and Tenant – Residential Leases and Standby Leases – Local Termination for Cause Provisions lack at the General Assembly.

Invoice Information I MACo coverage

MACo supported with amendments legislation requiring the judiciary to collect, compile, and share eviction data with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as state agencies and academic institutions upon request . County officials had requested an amendment, which would later be included in legislation, to ensure that their relevant agencies could also receive this vital information. HB 824 / SB 629 Landlord and Tenant – Eviction Data – Collection and Distributionnot past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

Invoice Information I MACo coverage

The MACo supported legislation requiring a residential property owner to follow certain processes and procedures regarding rent assistance programs in the state before filing a repossession lawsuit for non-payment of rent against a distressed tenant. financial hardship, directly or indirectly due to or during the covid19 pandemic. HB 367 Landlord and tenant – Repossession for non-payment of rent – ​​Rental assistance programs lack to the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

Invoice Information I MACo Blanket

The MACo has backed legislation requiring landlords to accept county-issued electronic or written checks helping tenants exercise their right to buy out during eviction proceedings — a perceived loophole used to evict vulnerable tenants. HB 932 / SB 592 Owner and tenant – Right to repurchase the rented premises – Method of payment past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

Invoice Information I MACo coverage

MACo has backed legislation to suspend certain eviction proceedings while a tenant is awaiting a decision on a bona fide housing assistance application. HB 674 / SB 384 Landlord and tenant – Suspension of eviction proceedings for the determination of rental assistance past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

Invoice Information I MACo coverage

MACo has supported legislation requiring the court to grant a stay or extension of certain landlord and tenant actions and wrongful inmate actions for certain purposes, including to obtain eviction prevention services. HB 691 / SB 564 Landlord and Tenant and Wrongful Inmate Actions – Eviction Protection Services lack to the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

Invoice Information I MACo Blanket


Tenant rights and protections

MACo has backed legislation that, among many other provisions, creates measures for utility billing transparency while preserving county autonomy to develop similar policies. HB 86 / SB 6 Landlord and Tenant – Residential Leases – Tenant Rights and Protections (Tenant Protection Act 2022) past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

Invoice Information I MACo coverage

The MACo has supported legislation requiring a landlord to comply with a county’s licensing regime for operating residential rental properties before filing for repossession of a property. HB 703 / SB 563 Real Estate – Repossession Actions – Judgment for Tenants and Proof of Rental License past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

Invoice Information I MACo coverage


Maryland Resilient Revolving Loan Fund

MACo backed the legislation with amendments to revise Maryland’s Resilient Revolving Loan Fund for county governments to provide loans directly to private homeowners for risk mitigation projects. MACo had requested and received amendments to the bill regarding the costs associated with loan forgiveness and the ability of counties to participate or not. HB 1312 / SB 814 Public Safety – Maryland Resilient Revolving Loan Fund – Amendments past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

Invoice Information I MACo Blanket


More information on housing and community development legislation being followed by MACo in the 2022 legislative session.


Source link

Share.

Comments are closed.