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 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.

Earlier this year, the State Legislature passed House Bill 1417, the Bill was signed by Governor DeSantis on June 29, 2023, which created Chapter No. 2023-314. This new law went into effect July 1, 2023, and directs all issues initiated on or after this date related to the Landlord-Tenant relationship should be processed by the State. Please direct any complaints to the following organizations:

• 5+ Units / Apartments: Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation - (850) 487-1395

• Under 5 Units: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - (800) 435-7352 or (850) 410-3800


If you need additional information, you can contact Consumer Protection at (813) 635-8316.