Howard County Group to Hold Town Hall Demanding Rent Stabilization

The Howard County Rent Stabilization Coalition will host a Tenant Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to discuss what they consider shortcomings of the county executive’s rent stabilization proposal, which they feel would leave many tenants without adequate protection.

The coalition says it has connected with dozens of tenants over the last few months who share the coalition’s concerns, and they will be at the meeting to express them.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball recently introduced a bill intended to reduce rent gouging, but the coalition believes it requires multiple major amendments to truly protect the county’s renters. Ball’s measure would allow for rent increases as high as 10% in a single year, while the coalition has called for an annual rent increase cap of 3%.