Regulation of the growing short-term rental business, as mentioned in the previous blog item, is one thing. But the continuing lack of a decent tenant law in Arkansas is a much bigger problem.

Fact is, regulators are far more likely to go after the odd homeowner trying to make a few bucks than the commercial rental industry, with its powerful lobby. The lobby’s campaign contributions help keep many tenants statewide with little recourse except to leave.

For example: a news release from Arkansas Renters United about a protest demonstration today in Little Rock and allegations being made by tenants:

Residents of Spanish Valley Apartments located at 5300 Baseline Road in Little Rock will rally this coming Sunday, September 22 at 2:30 pm in front of the complex to demand long overdue repairs and major changes in the way management treats tenants.  The complex is owned by AMG Realty, a company headquartered in Skokie, Illinois.  AMG owns several complexes in Pulaski County (see attached).

The residents’ complaints have a familiar ring: Allegations of plumbing and wiring problems; mold and pests; poor treatment by management, and intrusive maintenance workers.

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The news release notes, again, that Arkansas is the ONLY state without an implied warranty of habitability for rental property. The legislature again refused such a law last session, with landlord legislators complaining it might cost them money. The city of Little Rock recently scaled back its rental inspection program.