One Iowa Praises Iowa Senate for Passing Bill Banning Family-Based Rental Limits

On Tuesday, April 11, the Iowa Senate passed HF134, a bill that prevents municipalities from using “familial status” to determine occupancy for rental properties. The bill passed with a bipartisan 43-6 vote (one excused). The bill will now move to Gov. Terry Branstad’s desk to be signed into law.

One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement praising the bill’s bipartisan passage.

“While we fully support city governments making their own decisions about aspects of rental properties, like number of occupants or health and safety standards, the use of familial status to determine occupancy should be eliminated,” Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Allowing municipalities to define ‘family’ and use that definition to determine who can and can’t rent a home opens the door to discrimination against LGBTQ families.

“Local ordinances that discriminate against people based on what their family looks like do not reflect our state’s legacy of equality, and we thank the Iowa Senate for bringing us one step closer to ridding Iowa of these restrictions. It’s important to acknowledge that this Republican-introduced bill passed with bipartisan support, showcasing that upholding Iowa’s legacy of equality is a bipartisan effort.”