Minutes of the White House Meeting on Tenant Protection and Rent Affordability
Yesterday, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and US Bailout Coordinator Gene Sperling convened a meeting with officials from across the Biden-Harris administration and more than 70 leaders and advocates tenants, housing providers, lawyers and housing policy experts to discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to strengthen tenant protections and improve rent affordability.
Participants discussed several key topics related to tenant protection and affordability of rent, including the right of tenants to safe, decent and affordable housing. Participants also discussed the need for clear and fair leases, the importance of tenants being able to live free from retaliation or landlord interference, and the right of tenants to organize without fear. Administration officials stressed their commitment to enforcing the Fair Housing Act, preventing unlawful discrimination, and advancing fair tenant screening practices and safety. Building on lessons learned during the pandemic, participants also discussed ways to institutionalize best practices such as deportation diversion and ways to ensure due process rights and fair procedures.
Administration officials stressed the importance of this work in the context of the President’s broader housing agenda, which includes actions to increase the supply of homes for purchase and rent and expand availability. housing assistance.