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Iowa legislature passes rule outlawing family-based rental limits


This news story was published on April 20, 2017.
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DES MOINES – The Iowa legislature has approved a bill that outlaws municipalities from using “familial status” to determine occupancy for rental properties.

According to HF134, a city shall not, after January 1, 2018, adopt or enforce any regulation or restriction related to the occupancy of residential rental property that is based upon the existence of familial or non familial relationships between the occupants of such rental property.

Iowa’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organization praised the bill.

State capitol building in Des Moines

“While we fully support city governments making their own decisions about aspects of rental properties, like number of occupants or health and safety standards, the use of familial status to determine occupancy should be eliminated,” Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Allowing municipalities to define ‘family’ and use that definition to determine who can and can’t rent a home opens the door to discrimination against LGBTQ families.

“Local ordinances that discriminate against people based on what their family looks like do not reflect our state’s legacy of equality, and we thank the Iowa Senate for bringing us one step closer to ridding Iowa of these restrictions. It’s important to acknowledge that this Republican-introduced bill passed with bipartisan support, showcasing that upholding Iowa’s legacy of equality is a bipartisan effort.”

Governor Branstad is expected to sign the bill.

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4 Responses to Iowa legislature passes rule outlawing family-based rental limits

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2017 at 10:08 am

    50 new laws in 90 days – why don;t you keep the fk out of our life.

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    April 21, 2017 at 8:51 am

    All of Mason City is considered HOMELESS ! Just watched a news outlet say that 28,000 people are homeless and living in the streets and alleys of LOS ANGELES – showed alot of video – How’s that for a democrat/socialist state – their all crazy out there and Bernie and Hillary are looney tune characters in real life . Crazy times/deceitful times . I hope Trump and his army can win these battles with the left/dark state scum.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

    So am I to understand a landlord can no longer pick who gets to rent or how many people can rent and live in a his/her rental property?

    What ever happened to the “rights” of a landlord? I would not rent to queers if I was a landlord. If that makes me a bigot, so what.

    People should not be forced by laws to have their personal biases taken from them.

    Queer people should have their rights and people who don’t want to associate with queers should also have their rights. Just go find a landlord that wants to rent to queers. There is room for everyone, just don’t force it on people.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This article is sexist. (Governor Breasted is expected to sign the bill.)