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Council to Extend Rent Control Ordinance One More Year

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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 proposals and ideas being put forward by the Workgroup.

The City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance was due to expire on September 1, 2012. The Mayor and Council determined that the objectives of the law had not been met at that time for various reasons, and voted last summer to.adopt Ordinance 12-0-06, which extended the law until September 1, 2013, at which time it would sunset if not extended again.

The extension of the law for one year was enacted in conjunction with two other initiatives. The first was to create the Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Workgroup (“the Workgroup”) and to invite stakeholders, including the Prince George’s Property Owners Association and landlords, the University of Maryland, students and the Student Government Association, and City residents, to explore avenues to ensure availability and maintenance of affordable housing in the City, protect the standard of living of all City residents, and strengthen and stabilize the City’s neighborhoods.

The second was to suspend enforcement of the rent stabilization ordinance and suspend implementation of the rent stabilization program to September 1, 2013. At this point, the Workgroup has met frequently and has been developing measures to resolve the identified problems.

Additional time is required to bring this work forward and implement various strategies. It is hoped that these strategies will eventually make Chapter 127 unnecessary. To this end, the Council will consider an ordinance extending the rent stabilization ordinance by one more year.

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