Do you support city rent stabilization (rent control) in its current form?
As a renter in the City, I very much appreciate the current rent stabilization program making it possible for me to afford my own living space. In general, I support the City’s existing affordable housing programs and would try to make sure that both the needs of landlords and tenants are considered in evaluating and improving the City’s laws and programs going forward.
Yes, I essentially support city rent stabilization in its current form. I think we must carefully monitor the program to ensure that it allows for sufficient maintenance and improvement of rental housing, including energy-efficiency improvements; and I think we need to consider additional strategies to increase the inventory of affordable rentals, such as by encouraging the establishment of accessory apartments if the occupants do not increase the burden on available parking.
We also must work with Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to try to ensure that, over time, we do not carry an undue proportion of the burden of providing affordable housing in this part of the metropolitan area. I would not like to see any further conversion of rental apartment buildings to condominiums if such conversion prices lower and moderate income people out of living in Takoma Park.
Yes. We have a very progressive policy and provide over 2000 units of rent-controlled housing. I support this program because it ensures that people with a range of income levels can live in the city. Without rent stabilization, too many people would not be able to afford to live in Takoma Park and it would change the character and uniqueness of the City. I also understand that there is a cost to those who own the units and receive less income and single-family homeowners who property burden is higher because the assessed value of the rent-controlled homes is smaller. While I am supporter of the program, I am also open to examining ways in which we may improve or make changes to the program to benefit the overall community.