Orange County leaders to discuss rent control, assistance for struggling renters

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Renters in Orange County are demanding action. Rent jumped 25% last year in the county.

>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<

A recent study said the county’s situation is a crisis, but not an emergency.

Orange County commissioners will meet on Thursday to come up with solutions to fight the lack of affordable housing.

“What we will be discussing is not just about rent control, but also about programs to provide assistance to renters who are struggling,” Mayor Jerry Demings said.

READ: Developer sues after Apopka blocks affordable housing development, insists on ‘luxury’

Some options include potential changes to emergency rental assistance programs and requiring advance notice of rental increases.

Another idea the county is considering to provide relief to renters is capping rent hikes at 5% for a year.

Some are pushing back.

READ: Orange County residents fed up with rising rents, ask commissioners to declare ‘state of emergency’

“I’m concerned about the consequences of capping rents instead of allowing the market to determine pricing,” an Orange County resident said.

Those supporting the move said it is necessary.

“It’s a state of emergency. That part is completely indisputable,” said May Beck.

Commissioners need to decide by August if they want to get a rent control referendum on the November ballot.

READ: New affordable housing community for seniors opens in Orange County

We will let you know what comes out of the meeting this afternoon. Check back and watch Eyewitness News at noon for updates.

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.