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Mayor and Council Act to Protect Renters from Excessive Rent Hikes

In a move to protect renters, the Mayor and Council adopted 0.4% as the Voluntary Rent Guideline for 2022.

The voluntary rent guidelines became effective in February. It encourages landlords to hold rent increases to the lowest level possible.

“The ongoing pandemic has placed extraordinary economic pressures on landlords, but renters are also faced with extreme challenges,” City Manager Rob DiSpirito said. “We must all work together during this crisis.”

The voluntary rent guidelines system provides a baseline amount for rent increases that is based on the Bureau of Labor Consumer Price Index for rent of primary residences in the metropolitan region around Washington, D.C.

Questions about the rent guidelines can be directed to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Division at 240-314-8300.

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