Category: Rent Control

Group Outlines Steps to Improve Quality of Life and Stabilize Neighborhood

About a year ago, in July 2012, the Mayor and Council established the Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Work Group to develop and explore new strategies for addressing issues related to the increasing use of single-family houses as group rental houses over the past several decades. The initiative came after the Council suspended the […]

Thursday August 22nd, 2013 in Rent Control | 2 Comments »

Council to Extend Rent Control Ordinance One More Year

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will introduce a resolution to postpone the sunset of the program for another year, until September 1, 2014. The Council will also be considering continuing suspension of the implementation and enforcement of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance for another year, to allow the Council and other stakeholders to work on the […]

Tuesday May 28th, 2013 in Rent Control | No Comments »

Council Votes to Extend Rent Control for 1 Year with no Enforcement

In last night’s Council meeting, the rent Control was extended for 1 year period. The original ordinance had the language to extend rent control for 5 years. an amendment was passed to make that duration from 5 to 1 year with 6-2 votes. Council members Stullich and Afzali voted against the amendment. Council member Catlin […]

Wednesday July 11th, 2012 in Rent Control | No Comments »

Rent Control Public Hearing

Some 55 residents packed up the Council chamber yesterday to talk about the rent stabilization ordinances at last night’s public hearing. I tried to compile their testimonies here. The Council will vote on the ordinance tonight. Ms. Lea Callahan. Owns a business for downtown town College Park business. Se often gets disturbed by the noise caused by the students. PGPOA […]

Tuesday July 10th, 2012 in Council, Rent Control | No Comments »

Rent Control: Vote Tomorrow, Public Hearing Tonight

After much discussion and debate on the rent control ordinance, the Council will finally take up the subject for a vote at tomorrow’s regular Council meeting. The Rent Stabilization Ordinance, which caps rents in single-family homes around the City. The Rent Stabilization law was passed in 2005 and extended in 2009 for a number of purposes, including reducing […]

Monday July 9th, 2012 in Rent Control | No Comments »

Rent Control Studies

When it comes to studying rent control (aka rent stabilization), you can probably find a number of them. Here are a few I cam across. I’ll be adding more as I go through this complex, yet interesting studies College Park Rent Control Ordinances F.A.Q. If you’re new to rent control ordinances in College Park, this […]

Thursday June 28th, 2012 in Rent Control | No Comments »

Rent Control Town Hall Meeting, July 2

Council member Wojahn and I are organizing a town hall meeting in north College Park on the City’s rent control laws. It will be held at Davis Hall (9217 51st Avenue) at 7pm. Unless renewed, City’s rent stabilization ordinariness will expire on September 1st. The City Council will vote on a set of proposed ordinances […]

Wednesday June 20th, 2012 in Announcements, Rent Control | No Comments »

Council to Discuss Renewing Rent Control Ordinance

At tonight’s work session, the Council will discuss a draft ordinance prepared by the City Attorney to continue the rent stabilization program for an additional five years. Unless renewed, the program will expire on September 1. In addition to the extension of time, the new draft ordinance makes a number of changes to the current program based […]

Tuesday June 5th, 2012 in Rent Control | 1 Comment »

Rent Control Discussion Comes Back to Council

After the Council blocked the rent control petition last week, here comes another discussion on a similar subject. This time the Council will discuss the actual law. This is not the first time the Council will discuss the renewal issue. About a month ago, the Council discussed City’s current rent control laws in its April 17 work […]

Monday May 14th, 2012 in Rent Control | No Comments »

PGPOA Petitions “Legally Insufficient” – City Attorney Says

At last night’s City Council meeting, City Attorney Ms. Suellen Ferguson reported that the recently submitted petitions by the Prince George’s Property Owners’ Association are “Legally insufficient”. City received two charter referendum petitions on March 22, 2012 meeting, when the Council referred the petitions to the attorney for a legal opinion whether he subject matter […]

Wednesday April 25th, 2012 in PGPOA, Rent Control | No Comments »

City Attorney to Present Report on PGPOA Rent Control Petitions

The Prince George’s Property Owner Association (PGPOA) recently submitted a series of two proposed Charter amendments, which, if legally valid and if they include the appropriate number of valid signatures, will appear on the ballot for an upcoming City special election. At the April 10 regular meeting, the Council approved these petitions so that they […]

Monday April 23rd, 2012 in City Council, PGPOA, Rent Control | No Comments »

Council Mulls to Renew Rent Control Laws

At tomorrow’s council work session, the Mayor and the Council will discuss whether to renew the  rent control ordinances within the city. Unless the Council renews the rent stabilization ordinance again, will sunset on September 1, 2012. For the past seven years, the City has had a rent stabilization ordinance that applies to single-family home […]

Monday April 16th, 2012 in Rent Control | No Comments »

PGPOA Objects Rent Control Enforcement, City Responds

Recently, the City of College Park started to enforce the rent control ordinances on the rental housing units in the City. This came after a long legal battle between the City and the PGPOA – the Prince George’s Property Owners’ Association. The City finally won the case. Once the enforcement started, the PGPOA started to complain, alleging that […]

Sunday January 29th, 2012 in PGPOA, Rent Control | No Comments »

City Eyes to Extend Rent Control – But Should it?

City’s much controversial rent control ordinance is set to have an extension. The ordinance first passed in 2006, however due to litigation with the Prince George’s property association (PGPOA), it only went into effect last year. In 2009, the City paid a consulting firm [Sage Policy Group] to study rent Control in the City’s residential areas. Titled […]

Monday October 10th, 2011 in Rent Control | No Comments »

PGPOA Petition is Dead, For Now

The petition drive by PGPOA (Prince George’s Property Owner’s Association) that wanted to impose two amendments to the City Charter has failed to submit the required signature by last Monday’s deadline. This means that the charter amendment questions will not appear in the upcoming November Mayor and council election. The PGPOA had to obtain the […]

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Thursday August 4th, 2011 in PGPOA, Rent Control | 3 Comments »