Marc Elrich Signs Rent Stabilization Bill Into Law

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich signed the newly-passed rent stabilization bill into law on Monday. Last week the Montgomery County Council voted (7-4) today to enact Bill 15-23, Rent Stabilization, which establishes maximum allowable rent increases to the lesser of the local annual Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) plus three percent or six percent of the base rent.

Per Montgomery County: The legislation, sponsored by Councilmembers Natali Fani-González and Sidney Katz, takes a balanced approach by stabilizing rents in Montgomery County while also ensuring landlords can earn a fair return on their investment. Keeping in mind the County’s need to build 31,000 housing units by 2030, the legislation exempts newly built units for 23 years.

“Everyone should have a safe, stable place to call home regardless of how much money they make,” said Councilmember Fani-González. “I’m proud to live in a County that cares for families and our entire workforce, not only with words but with legislation that protects the most economically vulnerable to work and live in Montgomery County. While the debate on this legislation has been fierce, my approach was to bring people together to pass a meaningful and workable solution. We have done just that.”

“Rent stabilization is a complex and emotionally charged issue, balancing the needs of our tenants in providing stable housing protection while allowing landlords the flexibility to invest and enhance in their properties within the County,” said Councilmember Katz. “I am pleased the Council found the right compromise and path forward to enact this bill.”

“Today, Montgomery County has taken an important step forward by establishing permanent rent stabilization,” Councilmember Will Jawando said. “The Council has balanced the need for strong renter protections and important incentives for landlords and builders. I appreciate my colleagues’ dedication to working on a compromise bill that is responsive to the needs of our communities. We now have a rental framework that creates stability and predictability for renters and landlords.”

“It is an honor to stand with my colleagues on this historic day, as we pass rent stabilization in Montgomery County, Maryland that will provide tenants with housing stability,” said Councilmember Kristin Mink. “This couldn’t have happened without the voices of tenants and advocates who stood up for their families and neighbors.”

“I’m glad we could compromise on Bill 15-23 after a tough, deliberative process with lots of stakeholder input. While this bill is not perfect, it balances the needs of renters and landlords by limiting rent increases and increasing our supply of affordable housing,” Councilmember Laurie-Anne Sayles said. “I will continue to engage with renters and landlords to ensure that the implementation of Bill 15-23 goes smoothly and will be ready to adapt, should there be significant changes or unintended consequences of this legislation. I also look forward to increasing our supply of affordable housing with the passage of Councilmember Friedson’s and my Opening Pathways to Economic Necessity (O.P.E.N.) ZTA.”

Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz, Marilyn Balcombe, Dawn Luedtke and Vice President Andrew Friedson voted against the bill as amended.

“Today, our County started down a very complicated path of ensuring much needed stability for our renters at the very likely expense of much needed future housing,” Councilmember Albornoz said. “While the public narrative unfortunately framed this as tenant versus landlord, that is simply not the case. This did not have to be a zero-sum game. We need to protect our renters from rent gouging by unscrupulous landlords. The original language introduced in Bill 15-23 was a very measured, true compromise that would have achieved that. The outcome today concerns me greatly and we will need to make more difficult decisions to rebalance the marketplace in order to attract the crucial new housing we desperately need.”

“The rent control approved by a majority of the Council today – the strictest of any major jurisdiction in the region – will not make rents more affordable and will likely only exacerbate our housing issues by disincentivizing new housing supply,” said Councilmember Dawn Luedtke. “Further, our County now faces real risks of existing rental housing coming off the market and decreased property tax revenue given this Bill’s uniquely stringent approach to regulating a critical part of our economy. I supported the original Bill 15-23 as a needed consumer protection measure to protect tenants from double-digit rent increases combined with additional County investment to preserve and build new affordable housing units. Unfortunately, I’m afraid the final version of the bill severely misses the mark when it comes to balancing tenant protections and housing providers’ ability to create new units and adequately maintain existing units.”

Bill 15-23 provides exemptions from rental increase restrictions for certain units, including newly constructed units that have been offered for rent for less than 23 years, religious facilities, licensed assisted living facilities or nursing homes, among other exemptions. The legislation permits certain rental increases to fund capital improvements, requires landlords to comply with existing requirements for annual reports regarding rents and generally amends County law concerning rents and landlord-tenant relations.

The Planning, Housing and Parks (PHP) Committee held two work sessions on June 15 and June 26 to review and amend Bill 15-23. The legislation will be effective in 91 days and becomes operational and enforceable once regulations to implement the bill are drafted by Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs and transmitted by County Executive Marc Elrich to the Council for review and approval.

More information can be found in the staff report. The Council vote on Bill 15-23 can be viewed here.

 

Recent Stories

Montgomery County Police has shared a positive update on a Germantown man who was missing since May 3rd. “George William Smith has been located safe and unharmed. Thank you for…

The Community is rallying around the family of Quincy Johnson, a Takoma Park man who was shot and killed in a double homicide that occurred on Sunday, May 26, 2024…

The Montgomery County Planning Board approved the Eastern Silver Spring Communities Plan Scope of Work at its May 16 meeting. The Scope of Work lays out the Montgomery County Planning Department‘s approach to developing…

Carla Glawe has been the principal of Olney Elementary School, since 2011. She took over following the retirement of Joan O’Brien who was the school’s principal for 19 years. Prior…

Karen joined the Well-Paid Maids team as a cleaner in January 2021, and she was recently promoted to an operations manager! This well-deserved promotion is part of Well-Paid Maids' effort to deliver better customer service with responses to phone calls and emails seven days a week.

To celebrate Karen's promotion, we caught up with her to learn more about her time at Well-Paid Maids, the area's only certified living-wage cleaning company.

  1. Why Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I saw the company was paying a living wage and had great benefits. Also, they were very flexible with my schedule, especially since I have kids.

  1. How has it been working at Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I feel very appreciated at the company. This is the first job where I feel I'm able to speak about any issue and that management will support me.

  1. How has working at Well-Paid Maids benefitted you?

Karen: Because Well-Paid Maids pays a living wage, I can now spend more time with my kids and not work double shifts like I did at my old job.

  1. How do you plan to spend your PTO this year?

Karen: I look forward to traveling to El Salvador to visit my family there.

  1. How would you describe Well-Paid Maids as an employer in three words?

Appreciated, valued and opportunity

Submit your own Announcement here.

Washington City Paper is hosting its annual Best of D.C. contest -- and Well-Paid Maids is eyeing the Best Maid Service category. If you missed it: Well-Paid Maids has secured first place for the past three years. Can you help us snag gold again? Simply go to the ballot and write in your vote for the best maid service. In case you need a refresher before you vote, Well-Paid Maids is the only certified living-wage cleaning company in the D.C. area. We pay our cleaners, who are W-2 employees, at least $24 an hour and offer benefits like insurance, 24 paid days off per year and more. Voting is open until June 10 at 5 p.m., and the winner will be announced July 18. (We'll keep you posted!) Thank you for your support -- and if you still haven't booked a spring cleaning yet, now is the time!

Submit your own Announcement here.

Movie being filmed in McLean, VA, needs your support

A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

https://www.silvanomarifilms.com/jis

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list