Policymakers should take steps to prevent unnecessary evictions. This includes:
Eviction records should be sealed unless and until an eviction case is resolved in favor of the proprietor.
Policymakers should conduct oversight and take action to address the negative impacts of private equity ownership of rental housing properties.
Federal and state policymakers should enact and robustly enforce consumer protections in the tenant screening process.
Policymakers should use effective, evidence-based assessment models to identify at-risk drivers of all ages. They should receive counseling or referrals, and appropriate action should be taken.
Policymakers should establish rights and protections for customers who face possible termination of service.
Policymakers should prohibit fees for the disconnection or reconnection of customers. If fees are allowed, they should be based on actual utility costs.
Policymakers should ensure strong consumer protections against unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices related to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans.
State policymakers should establish a definition of “universal service” for the energy industry that is similar to the one in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.