Laura Glesby, New Haven Independent, Oct. 19, 2022
Local tenants’ unions now have an official path forward for being recognized by the city in order to participate in housing-related investigations, thanks to the Fair Rent Commission’s adoption of a new set of union-related rules.
The commissioners unanimously approved those rules and regulations Tuesday night during their latest regular online monthly meeting.
The now-adopted rules pertaining to tenants’ unions flesh out a renter-power law recently approved by the Board of Alders. Thanks to the alder-approved law and the Fair Rent Commission-approved regulations, tenants’ unions are now able to:
- officially register with the city;
- designate a representative (who may or may not be a fellow tenant of the complex);
- launch a public investigation from the Fair Rent Commission office into housing conditions at the apartment complex in question; and
- have a representative assist union members in filing an individual fair rent complaint.
The regulations stop short of allowing tenants’ unions to collectively appear before the Fair Rent Commission with a complaint about rent or living conditions within individual units. They also require tenants’ unions to have their registration forms notarized before submitting them to the city.
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