Orlando lawmakers push for local rent controls to combat Florida’s affordable housing crisis


Orlando lawmakers push for local rent controls to combat Florida’s affordable housing crisis

2019-03-01T09:00:02-07:00March 1st, 2019|Advocacy, Florida|

Two Orlando lawmakers are pushing for cities and counties to have more power putting local rent controls in place to combat Florida’s affordable housing crisis.

State Rep. Anna V. Eskamani and Sen. Victor Torres, both Democrats, filed companion bills HB 6053 and SB 1390. The measure would repeal Florida’s pre-emption on rent control, which is a form of price control that puts a cap on the amount a property owner can charge for rent or limits owners from increasing at a rate higher than a predetermined percentage.

Florida law allows local governments to consider rent control only if there’s a housing emergency that’s so bad, it’s considered a “serious menace to the general public and that such controls are necessary and proper to eliminate such grave housing emergency.”

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