23.1 State-Owned Housing Rental and Utility Rates

a. Rent

Effective July 1, 1989, and annually thereafter for the duration of this contract, current rental rates for all types of State-owned employee housing, including trailers and/or trailer pads, may with 60-day notice be increased by the State as follows:

(1)   Where employees are currently occupying State-owned housing, the State may raise such rates paid by employees up to 25 percent each year, not to exceed Fair Market value.

(2)   During the term of this contract, where no rent is being charged, the State may raise rents up to $75 per month or when an employee vacates State-owned housing, including trailers and/or trailer pads, the State may raise rents for such housing up to the Fair Market value.

(3)   Employee rental of State housing shall not ordinarily be a condition of employment. In any instance after July 1, 1989 and annually thereafter, when the rental of State housing is made a condition of employment, the State may charge the employee 10 percent less than the regular rate of rent.

(4)   Employees renting State-owned housing occupy them at the discretion of the State employer. If the State decides to vacate a State-owned housing unit currently occupied by a State employee, it shall give the employee a minimum of 30 days’ advance notice.

b. Utilities

Effective July 1, 1989 and annually thereafter, current utility charges for all types of State-owned employee housing, including trailers and/or trailer pads, may be increased by the State as follows:

(1)   Where employees are currently paying utility rates to the State, the State may raise such rates up to 8 percent each year.

(2)   Where no utilities are being charged, the State may impose such charges consistent with its costs.

(3)   Where utilities are individually metered to State-owned housing units, the employee shall assume all responsibility for payment of such utility rates, and any increases imposed by the utility company.