Orange County

Florida appeals court rules against Orange County rent control ordinance

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An appeals court decision could block the Orange County rent stabilization ordinance that is currently on the ballot.


A panel ruled in favor of Florida realtors and the apartment association that wanted to block the measure.

This comes less than two weeks before the election.

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Orange County has already counted more than 31,000 ballots so far, and Orange County Elections Supervisor Bill Cowles said there’s still time before a final decision is made.

Those in favor of the rent stabilization ordinance gathered outside the commission building Friday in support of the measure to cap rents for a year.

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The appeals panel majority said the ballot summary, the wording that people see when they vote, did not adequately describe the measure.

However, a new opinion filed Friday morning also clarifies that the status of the ordinance is still a possibility the county can file another motion for a rehearing.

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Meanwhile, Mayor Jerry Demings issued a statement today saying that he’s willing to fight this in court.

“The Court confirmed that the law in Florida sets an extremely high bar for local governments wishing to pass a rent control measure.” Demings said. “Orange County will be filing a motion for rehearing.”

Orange County has until Monday to file the motion and then must wait for a response.

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