CLEVELAND - Sen. Sherrod Brown asked Congress Monday to pass new legislation that would protect renters from unruly evictions.
Brown said too many tenants were forced out of their homes with few days' notice when landlords lose their properties to foreclosures.
Sen. Brown was joined by Cleveland resident, Laquita Jarmon to share her personal experience of an unruly eviction. Jarmon and her four children were forced to leave their home with only a 30 days notice because her landlord failed to divulge the property.
In 2009 Congress passed legislation that allowed tenants to remain in the home until the lease is up or at least 90 days following a foreclosure.
That law is set to expire at the end of the year and Sen. Brown is asking Congress to pass a new legislation to protect renters.
“Tenants who work hard, and responsibly pay their rent each month, deserve protections for themselves and their families,” Browns said. “In the past, families who rented were uprooted from their homes because of foreclosures that weren’t their fault. The Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act would renew and strengthen renters’ rights so families aren’t unfairly evicted from their homes.”
Sen. Brown is cosponsoring the Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.
Specifically, the Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act would:
- Make protections of the PTFA permanent, regardless of when a foreclosure takes place; and
- Ensure compliance with the law by establishing a private right of action for tenants who have been wrongfully evicted in violation of the PTFA.