The Mayor and Council recently took action to protect residential renters during the COVID-19 emergency, passing an ordinance to temporarily suspend rent increases at licensed rental properties through July 31.

Under the new legislation, no rents may be raised through July 31. From Aug. 1, until 180 days after the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, rents may be raised by no more than 2.6%.

For more information, contact the city’s divisions of Code Enforcement at 240-314-8330 or Landlord-Tenant Affairs at 240-314-8320.

For more landlord and tenant resources, and to see the ordinance, visit