HB 233, Require the refund of residential lease applications

What: HB 233, Require the refund of residential lease applications

Position: Support

Action: HB 233 was tabled in committee, preventing further discussion and action on the bill.  Reach out to your State House Representative to bring HB 233 to a vote on the floor and support it.  Look up and get contact info for your representative here.

Talking Points:

  • In the last few years, there has been an unprecedented demand to live in Montanana and competition for housing and rentals has skyrocketed.
  • Many property management companies charge a fee for applying for rental properties.  The search for a rental can cost more than a month’s rent just in application fees.  
  • Property management companies can pocket the money from application fees from the dozens of applications they often receive for a rental.  
  • HB 233 will refund these applications to those not awarded a place to live, minus the cost of actual services like background checks, putting money back in renters’ pockets. 

You might also enjoy

Wanted: Your Best Thoughts

By Mary Westwood, Chair of the Yellowstone County Platform Committee Any opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author, but the wordsof the Montana Democratic Platform are available to all and should

Read More »

Billings starts recycling pickup

September marks the start of several changes to the waste pickup for Billings city residents. A new pickup schedule begins September 11, which means many residents will have a new pick up day. You can

Read More »