Too High? Rent Control Bill Proposed for Montgomery County

by UrbanTurf Staff

Too High? Rent Control Bill Proposed for Montgomery County: Figure 1

At least one person in the Montgomery County government believes that the rent is too damn high for some tenants in the area.

The Gazette reported yesterday that At-Large Councilman Marc Elrich proposed a plan, which if approved, would limit the amount that landlords could increase a tenant’s rent without explanation.

From the article:

Under Elrich’s proposal, landlords seeking to raise rents between 100 percent and 175 percent of the guideline would have to notify the Department of Housing and Community Affairs of the reasons behind the increase. “You could get that much of a rent increase, but you have to demonstrate that you need that much of a rent increase,” Elrich said.

Montgomery County renters might not want to get too excited about the plan, though: The article noted that Elrich is the one person on the nine-member county council in favor of rent control.

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1 Comment

  1. jag said at 9:33 pm on Wednesday April 11, 2012:
    The Council needs to focus on meeting the county's demand for TOD. Streamline development in North Bethesda and Wheaton so projects get off the ground quicker if you want to put a meaningful dent in the exorbitant rents buildings can charge in downtown Silver Spring and Bethesda and still completely fill up.

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