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File #: 22-821   
Status: Agenda Ready
In control: REQUEST TO SET FOR PUBLIC HEARING
On agenda: 5/24/2022 Final action: 5/24/2022
Title: MOTION TO ADOPT Resolution directing the County Administrator to publish Notice of Public Hearing to be held on June 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 422 of the Governmental Center to consider enactment of a proposed Ordinance, the title of which is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, PERTAINING TO RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES; AMENDING CHAPTER 20 OF THE BROWARD COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES ("CODE"), AMENDING THE TITLE TO ARTICLE IV AND CREATING DIVISIONS THEREIN; AMENDING SECTIONS 20-104 AND 20-106, RELATING TO NOTIFICATION OF TERMINATION AND RENT INCREASES FOR CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES; CREATING SECTIONS 20-107 THROUGH 20-112 OF THE CODE, ESTABLISHING THE "TENANT'S BILL OF RIGHTS AND NOTICE OF LATE FEES ORDINANCE," PROVIDING FOR COUNTYWIDE APPLICABILITY, REQUIRING RESIDENTIAL LESSORS AND/OR THEIR AGENTS TO PROVIDE TENANTS WITH A "TENANT'S BILL OF RIGHTS" DOCUMENT, REQUIRING WRITTEN NOTICES RELATING TO RENTAL LATE FEES, AND PROVIDING FO...
Indexes: Established Commission Goals
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Copy of Resolution to Publish Notice of Public Hearing, 2. Exhibit 2 - Copy of Proposed Ordinance, 3. Additional Material - Information, 4. Additional Material - Information, 5. Additional Material - Information
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Broward County Commission Regular Meeting                               

Director's Name:                     Andrew J. Meyers 

Department:                                           County Attorney 

 

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Requested Action

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MOTION TO ADOPT Resolution directing the County Administrator to publish Notice of Public Hearing to be held on June 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 422 of the Governmental Center to consider enactment of a proposed Ordinance, the title of which is as follows:

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, PERTAINING TO RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES; AMENDING CHAPTER 20 OF THE BROWARD COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES (“CODE”), AMENDING THE TITLE TO ARTICLE IV AND CREATING DIVISIONS THEREIN; AMENDING SECTIONS 20-104 AND 20-106, RELATING TO NOTIFICATION OF TERMINATION AND RENT INCREASES FOR CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES; CREATING SECTIONS 20-107 THROUGH 20-112 OF THE CODE, ESTABLISHING THE “TENANT’S BILL OF RIGHTS AND NOTICE OF LATE FEES ORDINANCE,” PROVIDING FOR COUNTYWIDE APPLICABILITY, REQUIRING RESIDENTIAL LESSORS AND/OR THEIR AGENTS TO PROVIDE TENANTS WITH A “TENANT’S BILL OF RIGHTS” DOCUMENT, REQUIRING WRITTEN NOTICES RELATING TO RENTAL LATE FEES, AND PROVIDING FOR ENFORCEMENT; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

(Sponsored by Senator Nan H. Rich)

 

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Why Action is Necessary

The proposed Ordinance was prepared by the Office of the County Attorney at the direction of the Board of County Commissioners at its meeting of May 10, 2022.

 

What Action Accomplishes

Enables the setting of a public hearing during which the Board may consider enacting the proposed Ordinance.

 

Is this Action Goal Related

Yes

 

Previous Action Taken

 

 

Summary Explanation/Background

This item supports the Board Value, “Offering sustainable, compatible, innovative housing options for all income-levels, including integrated, permanent supportive housing.”

 

Broward County and communities across the nation continue to experience a significant need for affordable rental housing. The availability of safe and affordable housing is an essential component of individual and community well-being and protecting residential tenants from discrimination and unfair and illegal rental practices is fundamental to the health, safety, and welfare of Broward County residents. 

 

The proposed Ordinance will require landlords or their agents to provide all applicants for residential rental units with a “Tenant’s Bill of Rights” describing their rights as tenants under applicable law. The proposed Ordinance will further require landlords of residential rental units to provide written notice to tenants regarding late fees being assessed under their rental agreements.

 

If this item is approved, in connection with the public hearing to consider the proposed Ordinance, the Board will be asked to approve a template “Tenant’s Bill of Rights” that will be posted on the County’s website for use by landlords in order to comply with the proposed Ordinance, if enacted.

 

The proposed Ordinance will apply countywide and would apply prospectively to new residential leases and renewals after October 1, 2022. The proposed Ordinance may be enforced by code enforcement officers, including municipal code enforcement officers, and any law enforcement agency having jurisdiction of the area within which the residential rental unit is located pursuant to Section 125.69 and Chapter 162, Florida Statutes, or pursuant to any applicable municipal code enforcement provision.

 

In addition to the provisions relating to the “Tenant’s Bill of Rights” and notice of rental late fees, the proposed Ordinance also makes small nonsubstantive changes in Chapter 20 to a recently enacted ordinance requiring certain advance notice to residential tenants of lease terminations and rent increases. 

 

Source of Additional Information

Nathaniel A. Klitsberg, Senior Assistant County Attorney, 954-357-7600

 

Fiscal Impact

Fiscal Impact/Cost Summary

The Fiscal Impact Statement by the Office of Management and Budget will be provided at the time of the public hearing, in compliance with Section 18.5(e)(7) of the Broward County Administrative Code.