Florida passes “Miya’s Law” legislation

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Florida passes “Miya’s Law” legislation

The Florida Senate on Friday unanimously passed “Miya’s Law,” legislation that would improve apartment tenant safety in Florida.

The bill is named after Miya Marcano, 19, a college student who was killed last fall. Orange County sheriff’s deputies suspect a maintenance worker at the Arden Villas apartments near UCF killed her before committing suicide. Marcano lived at the complex.

According to authorities the maintenance worker, Armando Caballero, reportedly got access to her apartment through a master key,

Miya’s Law includes the following:

  • Require landlords to do background screenings on employees
  • Require the background checks to include national screenings for domestic violence and the sex offender registry
  • Require staff to give 24-hour notice before using a master key to enter a tenant’s unit
  • Require staff to maintain a key log with details on who has access and when it’s used

Marcano’s family said she rebuffed romantic advances from Caballero and they accused the apartment complex’s management of failing to address complaints against Caballero.