Montgomery’s Rent Cap Expires

On Sunday, May 15th, Montgomery County’s cap on rent increases established by Council Bill #30-21E – Landlord-Tenant Relations – Restrictions During Emergencies – Extended Limitations Against Rent Increases and Late Fees expired. 

Council Member Will Jawando introduced the law intended to assist struggling residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, capping rent increases throughout the county for 90 days, beginning on February 14, 2022. The law prohibited landlords from increasing rents beyond the county’s voluntary rent guidelines, set at .4% for 2022. Moreover, the law prevented landlords from charging fees for late rent.

In a quote reported by DCist, Council Member Jawando said the law would “help the many low-income families, senior citizens living on a fixed income and people with disabilities who have been deeply impacted by the pandemic and continue to need rental support.”

Montgomery had initially set a rent increase cap at the onset of the pandemic through the COVID-19 Renter Relief Act. Before 30-21E’s passage, the cap was set to expire 181 days after Governor Hogan’s Catastrophic Health Emergency declaration had been lifted. Montgomery residents experiencing difficulty paying rent can find resources here.

Read the full DCist article.