ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County commissioners on Tuesday approved a temporary freeze on rent hikes for one year to appear on the November ballot.
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The freeze applies to multifamily structures with four or more units. Heading into Tuesday’s vote, the measure contained a number of exceptions, including mobile homes, seasonal units and luxury apartments.
READ: Orange County rent referendum heading to November ballot
Commissioners made several adjustments before approving the referendum 4-3 to appear on November’s ballot.
Here are more details about the referendum:
- Rent increase maximums will be tied to inflation, not a 5% cap.
- Tenants will call 311 to initiate a complaint.
- In addition to fines, landlords could get jail time.
- If passed by voters, the freeze would take effect on Nov. 21.
- “Luxury” apartments only qualify for exemption if they existed before 1977.
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