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Weekly updates, action alerts, and working groups around a particular issues.

Issues that RHINO is following:

Bed Bug News and Best Practices

Density is destiny? As construction costs push up rents, tenants may be forced into smaller, higher or micro units.

Enhancing Tenant Protections What are some legislative changes that would increase rental household stability?

Federal Tax Reform

HUD multifamily Transformation: How's that working for you HUD?

National Housing Trust Fund. NHTF has funding from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but continued funding, expanded funding and implementation of the program in Ohio continue to be questions.

Senior Housing-meeting the demographic challenges
By 2050, the population of individuals aged 65 or older will be more than 88 million, meaning one in every five Americans will be 65 or older. The reality of these statistics has pushed housing organizations, advocates and policymakers alike to ensure that older adults have access to safe, decent and affordable housing in communities across the nation. read more..

Security Deposit Reform

Smoke free multifamily housing

Nuisance call codes

USDA Rental Assistance Confusion reigns!
 RHINO issues in 2016 

Affordable Rental Households Rents are rising, household income is stagnant. 

Alternatives to rental. People across the country are tinkering with new ideas about housing that aren't based on traditional rental vs. homeonwnership 

Code Enforcement Housing Code enforcement can improve rental housing conditions, improve neighborhoods, and preserve a healthy tax base. 

Domestic Violence Protections House Bill 297: Extending the protections of Violence against Women Act (VAWA) to private housing providers 

Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Housing 

Eviction Reform 

Federal Funding Issues 

Healthy Homes

HUD Futures. Beyond HUD's Mid life crisis. 
PBCA reform 

Minimum wage is the fastest way to improve rental housing affordability. 

Ohio Fair Housing
Source of income discrimination Denial of rental or difference in treatment should be illegal in Ohio
Stop SB 134: This proposed bill would gut Fair Housing protections for Ohioans, would prevent complainants from bringing charges of discrimination and would cost the State of Ohio a million $ a year

Re Entry Housing-citizens returning from prison often barred from housing 

Tenant Civil Rights: Should people give up their civil rights when the live in rental housing

Tenant Consumer Rights: Ohio is a funny state because our Consumer Sales Practices Act doesn't apply to landlord tenant agreements. However, tenants in Ohio may get some help under Federal protections 
Tenant Screening New technology outstrips tenant (and consumer) protections. 
Rent scams
Data Discrimination Controlling Data Brokers
Mandatory Renter's Insurance
Protections for Homeseekers

Utility Reselling- Do you pay the landlord instead of the utility company? You may be getting ripped off.

Maybe of interest? Non housing advocacy stories

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