Take Action: HB269 Hikes Rent Deposits - Hearing Tuesday
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Public Hearing Tuesday:
HB269 Will Increase
Homelessness and Costs


HB269 would allow private landlords to collect both first and last month’s rent, plus security deposit of up to one additional month’s rent from prospective tenants. A public hearing will be held:
 
Tuesday, January 27
2:30 PM
House Judiciary Committee
Room 208, Legislative Office Building
 
Under current NH law, landlords may charge one month’s rent, plus security deposit of up to one month’s rent. HB269 would therefore increase the upfront costs to access a rental home, making it more difficult for many families to find housing.
 
This new barrier to housing would increase the number of NH families experiencing homelessness and increase the financial pressures on local welfare, nonprofits, state and federal agencies.
 
Please make sure the House Judiciary Committee hears how devastating this bill could be on those seeking housing, and the high costs it imposes on nonprofit and government agencies that assist with rental deposits. 
 
Please act:
 
-Attend Tuesday’s hearing. Fill in a pink card to testify, turn in written testimony (21 copies), or sign in on the blue sheet to oppose. Please consider letting Housing Action know you will attend so advocacy is coordinated at laurel@housingactionnh.org.
 
-Send a brief letter to the House Judiciary Committee (email full committee at HouseJudiciaryCommittee@leg.state.nh.us) outlining how this bill would hurt you, your agency or those your agency works with. 
 
-Contact your own rep* on the Judiciary Committee in advance of the hearing to let him or her know how this proposal would harm people in your own community who struggle to find housing.
 
*Feel free to contact representatives in your own home district or the district where your agency provides service. Not sure if your rep is on Judiciary? Look up your reps by town/city at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx
 
Please tell Committee members HB269 would:
  • Increase the upfront costs to attain the median market rate 2 BR apartment from $2,216 to $3,324 – 50% more.
  • Limit rental housing choices in a state where affordable rental homes are already in short supply and 68% of Extremely Low Income renters (making <$24,000 a year) are paying more than half their income just for housing.
  • Raise the cost of assistance on nonprofit, local, state and federal government agencies that assist with housing deposit costs.
  • Deplete scarce resources faster, resulting in fewer families housed.
  • Increase homelessness by increasing barriers to housing. 
 
Thank you for taking action!
 
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