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St. Petersburg landlords will need to notify tenants of their rights

The requirement is the latest in a series of initiatives by the city council to bolster the standing of renters

ST. PETERSBURG — Starting Sept. 1, landlords in the city will need to provide notice to tenants of their rights as renters.

The requirement passed city council unanimously Thursday and is the latest in a series of initiatives the body has taken up to bolster the standing of renters.

Once the requirement, pushed for by council member Amy Foster, takes effect this summer, landlords will have to provide the notice before a renter can move into a unit. Failure to do so could result in the landlord accruing a $300 fine.

The notice reminds tenants that rental units must be fit for habitation, that discrimination and retaliation by a landlord is illegal, that tenants have the right to challenge evictions and that help is available.

This requirement follows a tenant bill of rights that City Council passed last year, also championed by Foster. The bill of rights protects against discrimination and also requires landlords to provide written notice before assessing late fees.