Rent Stabilization and Tenants’ Rights

On the 26th, Orange County Commissioners will continue deliberating options to alleviate the rental crisis. Measures being discussed include a notice requirement, tenants’ bill of rights and potential rent freeze referendum. Hillsborough and Miami-Dade Counties recently passed tenant protections, but the rent stabilization question is trickier. Proponents reason that a lack of affordable housing in the wake of a pandemic is just cause for a rent freeze. Opponents disagree and worry that a freeze will stop more housing from being built. Either way, we must explore additional policy changes, like incentivizing redevelopment and inclusionary zoning to actually house all our residents.