Tenant’s Bill of Rights Ordinance

On March 3, 2021, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted on and passed the Tenant’s Bill of Rights, Source of Income Anti-discrimination and Notice of Late Fee Ordinance, also known as Tenant’s Bill of Rights Ordinance. 

The ordinance requires landlords to provide a notice to tenants advising tenants of their housing rights and identifying resources for tenant assistance; prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants based on a tenant's lawful source of income, including Section 8 vouchers; and requires landlords to provide renters with written notice prior to assessment of late fees.

The ordinance was enacted to provide additional protections to residential tenants in unincorporated Hillsborough County, including protection from income discrimination and as a result are provided more affordable housing opportunities and offered more protection from homelessness.

To comply with the ordinance, unincorporated Hillsborough County landlords are required to provide their tenants a notice document that is titled Tenant’s Bill of Rights & Resources to ensure tenants understand what their rights are under this new ordinance.

The ordinance goes into effect on March 15, 2021 and enforcement will be begin on July 1, 2021.

Enforcement of Tenant’s Bill of Rights Ordinance

Enforcement is handled by Hillsborough County Code Enforcement and Consumer Protection. Violation of the ordinance is punishable by a fine of $500 for a first offense and any subsequent offenses.

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