MLB teams are now in charge of Minor League Housing

In September, the owners approved a policy in which teams would be required to provide housing for all of their minor league players. On Thursday, a note was sent to day-to-day managers, assistant directors-general and agricultural directors outlining the details of this policy.

Homes allowed for minor leagues in the regular season include rental apartments and rental homes, while host families are still allowed, provided all members of the family pass a background check. Each of these options must be located within a reasonable distance from the player’s home court. Accommodation options during the spring training may include dormitories and hotel rooms.

The memorandum notes in particular that leases are not permitted. Players will not sign any leases or supply agreements. It will now be the responsibility of the major league team. This is an important development for smaller league players – leases often remained in a player’s name after they were promoted or relegated, requiring them to pay for their lease at their previous level in addition to their new level.

The housing policy does not apply to players on major league contracts or those earning more than $ 20,000 a month.

All accommodation options must include a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a common living room, and all bedrooms must contain one bed per. player with a maximum of two players per. Bedroom.

Accommodation must also include all typical appliances (which are not defined). Air conditioning is optional depending on the normal summer climate in the team’s hometown. All accommodation must include furniture, including, but not limited to, tables, chairs, sofas, and a television, as well as kitchen utensils, silverware, and bedding.

Clubs are also responsible for paying for basic supplies, including electricity, water and WiFi. Clubs do not have to pay for cable or streaming services like Netflix.

Players can also opt out of these events, however at their own expense. Clubs may establish their own policy for dealing with any damage that occurs to a player’s home, but they may not require a player to pay, either directly or through deductions, any portion of the costs associated with meeting the minimum standards.

If there are no vacancies that meet the above standards, a club can also pay for hotel rooms for players. A separate set of visiting hotel standards is on the way, and any hotel room used instead of accommodation at home will also be required to comply with these rules.

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