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Nelson proposes much-overdue upgrade to residential rental policy

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New rules and regulations are being proposed for landlord-tenant agreements. A public hearing was held this week on a Bill by Senator Telena Nelson to update local residential rental laws that have not been changed in 40 years.  

"Item B: the landlord shall not abuse the right of access, nor use it to harass the tenant except in the case of an emergency, or where impracticable to do so. The landlord shall give the tenant at least 24 hours notice of the landlords' intent to enter," she described. And that's just one example from the comprehensive list of changes read out by sponsor Senator Nelson, who says she worked closely with stakeholders in the real estate industry.

Longtime realtor Chris Felix points out that this may be the third or fourth time in forty years that they've tried to update the rules and regulations. He says it will provide some consistency in an industry that can shift back and forth between being a landlord market and a tenants market. "This bill, if it becomes law, and we really hope it does, will put an even playing field, and will even things out. Even during these shifts, we have something we can fall back on that is fair. Fair to both tenants and fair to both landlords," he said.

Government housing related agencies also expressed support. Pedro Leon Guerrero of GHURA and Caesar Villanueva of the Guam Housing Corporation, noting, "It is our hope that through your bill, landlords and tenants establish a basis of fair play for all who seek to engage in residential real property leasing.

"Tenant and landlord relationship sometimes can get testy for many reasons, and updating it to put a lot of these provisions in it that will help that relationship and fair play like our partner here at GHURA said, obviously will help move these processes forward."

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