Protect Tenants Rights in Foreclosed Properties

Congressional Briefing Held on January 29
Congressman Payne’s Staff Attend

Congressman Donald PayneThe National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) participated in a congressional briefing on January 29, 2014 on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) and the need to make it permanent.

The briefing was held in collaboration with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Senator Blumenthal and Representative Ellison who have sponsored legislation, S. 1761 and H.R. 3543 respectively, that would make the PTFA permanent and add a private right of action as an enforcement mechanism to the law.

The PTFA assures that renters living in foreclosed properties have the right to at least 90 days’ notice before being required to move.

Jamyl Peters, housing staff from Congressman Donald Payne, Jr.’s (D-10) office attended the hearing.

Presenters focused on the efficacy of the PTFA and made the case for why the law must be extended past its current December 31, 2014 sunset date. While some states have protections for renters living in foreclosed properties, many do not, and ensuring a base level of federal protection is key to ensuring uniform rights for renters across the country.

Monarch Housing urges advocates to contact their congressional delegation and ask them to cosponsor S. 1761 and H.R. 3543.

Congressional Housing Staffers
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