State Rep Sue Scherer, has passed a law that will grant tenants greater flexibility in making rental payments. House Bill 1628 will prevent landlords from mandating electronic payment methods, offering relief to those who face barriers to such systems.
“Many people, especially those who are struggling, simply do not have access to bank accounts or other electronic payment methods,” said Scherer. “Not being able to pay your rent because you only have cash can cost you dearly while late fees accumulate and your landlord-tenant relationship deteriorates.”
Effective January 1, 2024, landlords will no longer be able to impose electronic payment portals or non-cash payment methods on their tenants. Violations of this law will be treated as breaches of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, empowering the Attorney General to pursue necessary actions against defaulting landlords.