HB 844, Municipal Regulation of Long-term Rental of Single-Family Detached Dwellings

Municipal Impact
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Rep. Jason Ridley
District 6

House Bill 844 would preempt municipalities from enacting or enforcing restrictions on the long-term rental of single-family detached dwellings. So long as a long-term rental single-family detached dwelling is located on property where authorized by the local zoning code, or not otherwise prohibited by the local land use plan, municipalities would be prohibited from enacting or enforcing restrictions.  The bill defines restriction as any “condition or refusal to issue any land disturbance permit, building permit, certificate or occupancy, or other permit . . . required for the development of land or construction or occupancy of a single-family detached dwelling, based on its use as one or more long-term rental properties.” In effect, the bill would preempt a municipality’s ability to regulate land use for the development, construction, or occupation for the long-term rental of single-family dwellings.

Further, House Bill 844 would waive a municipality’s sovereign immunity. Pursuant to the bill’s language, sovereign immunity would be waived “to the extent necessary to effectuate this chapter,” but damages from any violations could not exceed $1 million per occurrence. Lastly, the bill would prevent any municipality found in violation of the chapter from being entitled to financial assistance, funds or grants from the Department of Community Affairs. 

Last Updated: 2/22/2022
Subject Area: Economic Development and Redevelopment
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1/10/2022 - Assigned To House Committee
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