Senate Bill 151, which passed and took effect July 1, 2019, is making some noteworthy changes to landlord tenant law. What are those changes? Here are a few that pertain specifically to residential rentals:
1. Increase to pay or quit timeline from 5 full days to 7 judicial days
2. Requires the constable to post a notice for a tenant no earlier than 24 hours after the order
3. Increases the time the constable has to remove the tenant in default from no earlier than 24 hours after posting the notice to no later than 36 hours.
4. Maximum late fees that can be charged to a tenant are reduced to 5% of monthly rent
As a landlord, it is important to conform to these changes – to know what the law states. This includes making sure leases are correctly written and following the process as outlined. Staying up to date is the trademark of a knowledgeable landlord, who looks to keep their property operating efficiently, in good repair and compliant.
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Adrian Frankfurter is a marketing director and licensed property manager for over 10 years with Nicklin Property Management.