Answer: They shouldn’t! There are few statistics on this topic but two years ago a nationally researched study revealed that the poor pay disproportionately more for rent than more affluent tenants. “Renters in poor neighborhoods are excluded from both home ownership and apartments in middle-class communities on account of their poverty, poor credit, eviction, or conviction history, or race (through discrimination).” And “renters are exposed to exploitation on account of their reliance on housing and their lack of options for securing it.” See https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-21/housing-exploitation-is-rife-in-poor-neighborhoods for more information. Have you contacted your representative and asked them to vote YES on HB1563?
Yesterday HB1563 passed the House Insurance and Commerce Committee by a vote of 11 to 7. The NO votes were from Reps. Lundstrom, Penzo, Wooten, Ray, Boyd, and Brown. If one of these if your Representative, contact them and ask them to change their vote when the bill comes up in the full House! The