State lawmakers weaken proposed law’s tenant protections

Florida House committee clears weaker version of Miya’s Law

A Florida House regulatory reform subcommittee cleared a weaker version of Miya's Law, which is meant to increase protections for tenants.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Members of the Florida House Regulatory Reform Subcommittee unanimously approved a weaker version of the Miya Marcano Law.

The new version would force apartment complex employees to notify a tenant they need access to their apartment 24 hours in advance.

The current state law requires 12-hour notice. Florida Rep. Robin Bartleman, of Weston, sponsored HB 577 and Florida Sen. Linda Stewart sponsored SB 898.

The version that cleared does not require landlords to make sure employees undergo criminal background screenings or to place controls over master keys, as Bartleman originally proposed.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office detectives believe a maintenance worker with a criminal record used a master key to access Marcano’s apartment on Sept. 24 at the Arden Villas in Orlando.

Detectives said the killer abandoned Marcano’s body at the Tymber Skan Apartments and killed himself in Seminole County. Officers found him dead on Sept. 27 and her dead on Oct. 2. She was 19 years old.

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