July starts more than just summer fun; it is also when most laws passed in the recent legislative session take effect. Issues from property tax appeals to retaliatory landlord legislation will become the new norm.
At a recent state Government Affairs meeting, REALTORS® reviewed legislation that was worked on during the 2019 Georgia Legislative Session. Legislation ranging from additional rights to appeal property taxes (HB 183) to landlord-tenant legislation (HB 346) to bringing appraisal management companies into compliance with federal standards (HB 192).
Legislation on restricting aesthetic design control ordinances, creating additional Fair Housing classes, reducing short term rental restrictions and removing nontax fees from tax bills did not reach final approval, but will be carried over to the next legislative session. Sub-committees on short-term rentals, aesthetic design control and homeowner’s associations were created to work on these issues before the next session begins.
To review the status of specific legislation supported or opposes by the Georgia Association of REALTORS® and the state Governmental Affairs Committee, click here.