Defense bill outlines final tenant bill of rights guidelines for military housing
Military commanders now have the final say in solving disputes between residents and the private companies that manage military housing under a new tenant bill of rights outlined in the National Defense Authorization Act.
In the largest reform of military housing since 1996, when housing management was given to private companies, the defense policy bill lays out the specifics of tenants’ rights and a system for resolving disputes with landlords and creates a new position of a chief housing officer to hold companies accountable to the standards described in their contracts and the new law.
The Senate passed the NDAA on Tuesday. The bill now must be signed into law by President Donald Trump.
“We support the entire tenant bill of rights and feel like it is made stronger by being written into law,” said Eryn Wagnon, director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America, one of many organizations to provide feedback on what should be included in the bill of rights.
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