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Legislative Update

We are working for YOU!

We are preparing for the 2021 session.

Our statewide legislative committee is discussing the following issues for possible legislation:

  • Security Deposit Return (43-32-24) 
  • Property left behind (43-32-25 & 43-32-26) working with Rep. Mulally.
  • Marijuana: with the passage of Amendment A, we are actively researching possible legislation to protect rental property, owners, staff and residents.  TownHall discussion on December 10, 2020 @ 4pm (cst). See EVENTS tab for registration information.

Get more involved by contacting the SDMHA office!

2020 Session was a success.

We worked diligently to produce a bill to streamline the eviction process in South Dakota.  HB1067 passed the House with only 3 nay votes, then onto the Senate where we had 5 nay votes.  We did have an amendment on the Senate side, so went back to the House, where we had 1 nay vote.  Governor Noem signed the bill into law, to be effective July 1, 2020.  

HB1067 is a HUGE win for residential rental property owners and management companies in South Dakota.  The changes will reduce expenses to properties and to the residents.

Other bills we were watching that could impact our industry:

  • HB1123: Revise provisions regarding termination of a lease by a victim of alleged domestic abuse:  Governor Noem signed.
  • HB1246: Revise the attorney's fees allowed in a retaliation action against a lessor.  Governor Noem signed
  • SB176:  Provide for the seizure and holding of real property as evidence.  Governor Noem signed

In 2018, our legislation brought about new laws that pertained to Service/Companion/Emotional Support Animal Verification.  Specifically it states that all verifications for Service/Companion animals shall come from a "medical provider that is within the State of South Dakota".  .

Please keep in mind that you must follow Fair Housing Laws, but the verification, per state law, needs to come from within South Dakota.

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Want to be more involved, contact Denise at 605-336-7756.