Protection of Property Rights
Respect for property rights is the foundation of a free society and economic prosperity. RHA believes government regulations should not unduly or unfairly restrict the rights of property owners to control the use of their property. RHA believes housing regulations should recognize and preserve the privacy and property rights of both tenants and landlords.
Support for Enforcement of Existing State and Local Housing Codes
RHA believes in protecting the general health safety and welfare of all tenants, and works to eliminate substandard rental units by supporting existing state law and local housing, fire and health codes. Existing laws and codes are sufficient to remedy egregious, unsafe conditions, but only if they are enforced by local jurisdictions.
Fair Regulatory Treatment
Housing regulations should be fair and should minimize compliance burdens and costs. RHA believes housing regulations should not place discriminatory burdens on rental housing relative to other forms of housing.
RHA opposes regulatory fees on rental housing that seek to transfer the cost of general public services, including police and fire protection, to rental property owners and tenants. Regulatory fees and user fees must fairly apportion regulatory and service costs based on the services actually provided to individual fee payers. Government should not use regulatory fees and user fees to fund general public services that are available to fee payers and non-fee payers alike.
Market Based Housing
A competitive rental market provides efficient and cost effective housing to the vast majority of the population. RHA opposes rent control. Rent control distorts the allocation of housing resources, discourages investment and upkeep, induces unfair rent discrimination, and creates expensive and intrusive bureaucracy. RHA has long championed rental vouchers for low-income persons needing housing. Vouchers offer an effective, efficient program for providing market-rate housing to those who can't otherwise afford it. RHA believes rental vouchers should be a significant part of any low-income housing program.
Uniform and Fair Taxation
Rental housing should be taxed uniformly based on value, along with all other real estate. RHA strongly supports tax uniformity and opposes taxes that discriminate against rental housing, such as business taxes and regulatory fees that are imposed on rental housing to raise revenue.
Government at all levels should carefully weigh the benefits of housing and land use regulations to ensure regulatory costs do not outweigh regulatory benefits. The high cost of compliance with housing and land use regulations, including permitting requirements and development restrictions, are major factors in reducing housing availability that leads to high housing costs.
The legal system should provide fair and equal justice to rental housing providers and tenants alike. RHA believes in protecting the general health, safety and welfare of all tenants, and works to eliminate sub-standard rental units by supporting existing state law and local housing, fire and health codes. RHA believes Landlord-Tenant Laws should be uniform statewide.
Public Disclosure and Open Government
The public welfare demands open and honest government. RHA believes government officials are public servants and should conduct their affairs openly and honestly. Full access to information concerning the conduct of government at every level is a fundamental and necessary precondition to sound governance of society. Public officials are encouraged to fully and faithfully comply with the Public Disclosure Act.