Governor Ron DeSantis signs Senate Bill (SB) 898, referred to as “Miya’s Law,” to strengthen security measures for residential tenants

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 898, also known as “Miya’s Law,” which strengthens tenant safety rules for residential properties by requiring tenant checks. background of potential employees, keeping track of all keys to each unit and requiring 24- hour notice for maintenance and repairs.

The Bill is named after Miya Marcano, a young student from Orlando who sadly killed in her apartment in 2021 after a maintenance worker broke into it using an apartment key fob .

“Every tenant deserves to be safe in their own home,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “By signing this law, we are making it safer to live in rental housing and giving tenants more peace of mind in their housing. Miya’s death was a tragedy and our prayers continue to be with the Marcano family. I’m proud to act on their behalf to help prevent a tragedy like this from happening to another tenant in Florida.

Pursuant to SB 898, all employees must submit to a background check as a condition of employment for owners or licensees of transient and non-transitional units.

If a person has been found guilty of certain crimes, including violence and disrespect for safety, they can be excluded from the job.

In addition, apartments will need to have procedures in place for key issuance, return, and storage, as well as keep a log of all key issuance and return activity.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s annual inspection of the apartment will include a review of the apartment’s key file and background checks.

The law also raises the threshold for “reasonable notice” from 12 hours to 24 hours when it comes to entering a unit for maintenance or repairs.

The bill also prohibits owners of public accommodation establishments from charging an hourly cost for a room.

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Norman D. Briggs