Important Prince George’s Bills Filed
Four bills of importance to AOBA members were filed recently with the Prince George’s County Council. It is likely that AOBA will take positions on several of these bills, and we welcome your feedback, recommendations and involvement in communicating with Council members. It is likely that the bills will be considered quickly, as Council committees have about one month to report bills out to the full Council for action. Contact AOBA VP Ron Wineholt at email@example.com for further information.
- Grading, Building and U&O Permits (CB-84-2017)
This bill, introduced by Council Member Franklin, would clarify that comments by the Planning Board to the Director of DPIE regarding applications for grading, building, or use and occupancy permits are advisory only and are not necessary preconditions for the issuance of grading, building, or use and occupancy permits. Referred to the Committee on Planning, Zoning and Economic Development.
- Retaliatory Evictions (CB-85-2017)
This bill, introduced by Council Member Taveras, would place in the County Code provisions prohibiting retaliatory evictions by landlords that are similar to the provisions of state law in Section 8-208.1 of the Real Property Article. AOBA staff has been advised that the sponsor will seek to amend the bill to include “harassment” as a grounds for invoking the retaliatory eviction law. Referred to the Committee on Transportation, Housing and the Environment.
- Rental Properties – Relocation Assistance (CB-86-2017)
This bill, introduced by Council Member Taveras, would require the owner of a rental property to pay relocation assistance to a tenant for any act that ends the use of the property as rental housing, including pending demolition or redevelopment, condemnation (other than by eminent domain), sale, or condo conversion. For a multifamily rental property with four or more units, the amount of relocation assistance would be three months’ current fair market value rent as determined by the County, payable within three days of the tenant vacating the property. For the rental of any part of a single family dwelling, the amount of relocation assistance would be three months of the contract rent.
Relocation assistance would not be payable if the relocation results from:
- Conditions caused by the tenant’s illegal conduct;
- Acquisition of the property by eminent domain;
- Conditions that could not have reasonably been prevented arising from or caused by a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado or earthquake; or
- When all leaseholders required to vacate the property are given at least 18 months’ notice prior to the property redevelopment.
Referred to the Committee on Transportation, Housing and the Environment.
- Sick Leave (CB-87-2017)
This bill, introduced by Council Member Toles, would require employers doing business in Prince George’s County to provide one hour of sick and safe leave to each employee for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 56 hours of leave per year. The bill would be effective 45 days after its enactment.
Referred to the Committee on Health, Education and Human Services.