Housing Modernization Bill Passes House Floor


HB 65, which modernizes New Mexico’s legal protections for renters, passed the House today by a vote of 38 to 27. The bill would expand legal recourse for renters through several key provisions.

HB 65 allows residents more time to make rent payments, reduces the amount of late fees an owner may charge, and increases the amount of time a tenant has to prepare for court or to vacate the premises, if they are ordered to do so. 

“This is about updating our policies to level the playing field for tenants in our legal system,” said Representative Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe). 

HB 52 is sponsored by Representatives Romero (D-Santa Fe), Kristina Ortez (D-Taos), Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), and Linda Serrato (D-Santa Fe).