The Tampa City Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve an ordinance requiring landlords to give tenants 60 days notice of rent increases.
The order only counts for increases greater than 5% and adds a requirement that monthly lease terminations must be notified within 30 days.
The move follows an analysis by real estate website Zumper which found that rents in Tampa have increased by 37.5% over the past year. Rising rents created what city council members called an “emergency crisis.” Florida has been nicknamed the “Least affordable state to live in“, with Tampa Bay specifically recording some of the highest rates of inflation and rent increases in the country.
Some housing advocates, including Robin Lockett of Florida Rising, requested 90 days notice. But city staff said the 60-day deadline puts Tampa more in line with related state law.
“There is a Florida law that provides that if a lease includes a provision that a landlord or tenant must give notice to terminate a lease, that period cannot exceed 60 days,” the assistant attorney said. from the city. Rebecca Johns mentioned.
“Fundamentally, Florida law limits the time for notifying the other person to terminate the lease. Raising the rent is essentially an offer to renew the lease at the end of the term, so I equate that to a notice period. of 60 days.
Johns said the order was pushed back by the Bay Area Apartment Association, which believed the 60-day notice might constitute a deficiency.
“We don’t think this is an impairment because we’re not affecting leases as they currently occur,” Johns said. “We are affecting notice provisions for the lease going forward. We are not affecting any outstanding obligations of the current lease.
The city council has taken a number of steps to deal with the growing housing crisis. Mayor of Tampa Jeanne Beaver is more than half to its 2019 goal of adding 10,000 affordable housing units to the city’s inventory. and board member Louis Viera with success reinstated an order requiring landlords to inform tenants of the protections provided by the Tenant Bill of Rights. It also prevents owners from excluding government grants such as Veterans Benefits or Section 8.
But rents continued to rise. The median rent in Tampa for a one-bedroom apartment was $1,580 at the end of March. A month later, it rose to $1,660, eclipsing the state median.
During his State of the City address, Castor argued that a more robust transport investment, including the proposed reintroduction of the All For Transportation tax, could be a key aspect of addressing affordable housing needs.