City of Atlanta
Georgia

Ordinance
20-O-1423
Adopted as Amended
Oct 5, 2020 1:00 PM

AN ORDINANCE BY COUNCILMEMBERS AMIR R. FAROKHI, ANTONIO BROWN, MATT WESTMORELAND, MICHAEL JULIAN BOND, CARLA SMITH, AND JOYCE M. SHEPERD AS AMENDED BY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE TO AMEND CHAPTER 94 (HUMAN RELATIONS), SO AS TO ADD A NEW ARTICLE IX ENTITLED “LANDLORD-TENANT SECURITY DEPOSIT REGULATIONS”; TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED REGULATIONS, REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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Department:Office of Research and Policy AnalysisSponsors:Councilmember, District 2 Amir R Farokhi, Councilmember, District 3 Antonio Brown, Councilmember, Post 2 At Large Matt Westmoreland
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WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta (“City”) is charged with the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City; and

 

WHEREAS, upfront costs associated with moving into residential rental properties have continued to increase and burden residential tenants, many of whom are already cost-burdened and contribute in excess of 30% of their monthly income to housing-related expenses; and

 

WHEREAS, requiring that tenants have the choice of providing rental security insurance and installment payments as an alternative to traditional security deposits in residential rental agreements will provide upfront cost relief to individuals and families entering into said rental agreements, while ensuring landlords are reasonably protected against damages and unpaid rent.

 

NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, HEREBY ORDAINS AS FOLLOWS:

 

Section 1: The Atlanta City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 94 (Human Relations), is hereby amended by adding a new Article IX entitled “Landlord-Tenant Security Deposit Regulations”, which shall read as shown on Exhibit “A” attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference.

 

Section 2: All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are waived to the extent of any conflict.

 

Meeting History

Jun 1, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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REFERRED TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:REFERRED WITHOUT OBJECTION
Jun 9, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Amir R Farokhi, District 2
SECONDER:Matt Westmoreland, Chair, Post 2 At-Large
AYES:Matt Westmoreland, Michael Julian Bond, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Joyce M Sheperd
Jun 15, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Jun 23, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE
Jul 6, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Jul 14, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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Aug 3, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Aug 11, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE
Aug 17, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Aug 25, 2020 1:30 PM  Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE
Sep 8, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Sep 15, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE
Sep 21, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Sep 29, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:FAVORABLE AS AMENDED [6 TO 0]
MOVER:Amir R Farokhi, District 2
SECONDER:Antonio Brown, Vice-Chair, District 3
AYES:Matt Westmoreland, Michael Julian Bond, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Joyce M Sheperd
ABSTAIN:Natalyn Mosby Archibong
Oct 5, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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ADOPTED AS AMENDED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 14 YEAS; 0 NAYS

RESULT:ADOPTED AS AMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Matt Westmoreland, Councilmember, Post 2 At Large
SECONDER:Amir R Farokhi, Councilmember, District 2
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Howard Shook, J. P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, Andrea L. Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd
ABSENT:Antonio Brown, Jennifer N. Ide