The "Yardmates" Act
Many financially vulnerable residents are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Likewise, there are financially vulnerable homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes and becoming homeless. This Act removes legal impediments preventing homeowners from leasing and lessees from subleasing yard space to campers and driveway space to recreational camping vehicles.
It's a simple idea that could benefit a lot of people AT NO COST TO THE GOVERNMENT. Renters of yard or driveway space would have the same amenities as traditional roommates.
THE BILL WOULD NOT OVERRIDE COVENANTS, EASEMENTS, OR PRIVATE LEASING AGREEMENTS. THAT MEANS CONDOMINIUMS OR HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS CAN STILL HAVE RULES PROHIBITING PEOPLE FROM RENTING OUT THEIR YARDS AND DRIVEWAYS. THE BILL ALSO DOES NOT SUPERSEDE ANY OTHER PRIVATE AGREEMENTS. THAT MEANS OWNERS OF RENTAL PROPERTY WILL NOT BE FORCED TO ALLOW TENANTS TO SUBLEASE YARD OR DRIVEWAY SPACE.
THE BILL ALSO PROHIBITS RENTING YARD OR DRIVEWAY SPACE IF DOING SO WOULD ADVERSELY AFFECT HEALTH AND SAFETY.
On Oahu and other areas of Hawaii, it can cost $1000 a month just to rent a room in someone's house.