The United States has experienced nine weather or climate disasters so far this year that have caused at least $1 billion in damages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency also reported that above-normal temperatures were in the forecast for most of the country this summer. With extreme weather on the rise, people may be wondering which areas are safer than others to find a new home.
A recent study by ConsumerAffairs on the best states for prospective renters found that Delaware, Rhode Island and Hawaii had the fewest disaster declarations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2017; Texas, Louisiana and Georgia had the most. The data was collected from OpenFEMA Dataset: Disaster Declarations, which compiles FEMA declarations through the years and includes weather and biological disasters and acts of terrorism.
“Especially as rent prices continue to rise, renters are putting more value into feeling secure and protected under their lease,” said Cassidy McCants, deputy editor at ConsumerAffairs.
2018 research from Rentcafe that looked at 10 common aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship by state and the laws that defined it. The research examined whether tenants were allowed to make repairs and deduct costs from rent, and whether landlords had deadlines to return security deposits.
Ms. McCants commended Hawaii for its tenant protections “despite having one of the most expensive costs of living.”
“From what to do about emergency repairs to how long a landlord has to give you notice before raising the rent or evicting,” she said, “Hawaii is ensuring that renters and tenants have the security they need.”
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