On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, the Orange County Board of Commissioners (“BCC”) voted unanimously to approve a new Tenancy Notices Ordinance to protect residential tenants. The new ordinance requires residential landlords in Orange County to provide 60 days written notice to tenants for any rent increase greater than 5%. The ordinance also provides certain protections for tenants and landlords who do not have a written tenancy agreement in place.
The new tenant protection order will go into effect 10 days after it is filed with the Florida Department of State. As the exact date the county will file the order with the state is unclear, landlords in Orange County should plan to begin issuing 60-day written notices for any rent increases over $5. % from now on.
Orange County commissioners have yet to decide on language for a project Rent Stabilization Order, and a vote on the proposed rent control measure has yet to be scheduled. The proposed measure is expected to cap certain rents in the county, but the scope and specifics of the measure are still under debate. A potential exception for new apartments, the effective date of the ordinance, the specific proposed limit on rent increases and the county’s oversight role are all still being discussed.
Any rent control measure would have to be approved by voters. Commissioners face the August 23 deadline to secure the draft rent stabilization order in the November ballot. Asked about the rent control proposal, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said, “We’re listening to both sides of the equation — tenants and landlords — and we’ll come up with something that will be balanced.” The county is expected to introduce a draft rent stabilization ordinance in the coming weeks.
We will continue to monitor this situation.