Bill Would Establish Rent Control for Prince George’s Seniors

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Legislation has been introduced to the Prince George’s County Council that would impose rent control for certain senior tenants. CB-59-2015, introduced by Council members Taveras and Turner, would require an offer of two-year leases to seniors living in exclusively senior rental facilities for tenants age 62 and over, and cap future rent increases.

Initial or renewal leases offered on or after June 1, 2016 to persons age 62 or over residing in privately-managed, market rate, exclusively senior rental housing would be for a term of at least 24 months, unless the tenant agreed otherwise. The rent amount could not be altered during the term of the lease and subsequent rent increases would be limited to the Baltimore-Washington area CPI.

Rental housing providers would be required to provide written notice to all tenants regarding the 24-month lease option and keep a record of seniors who are using that option. The County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement would be required to monitor compliance by rental housing providers and deny the renewal of a license if the 24-month lease option is not offered.

The bill has been assigned to the Committee on Transportation, Housing and Environment, and will be considered after Labor Day.