as a human right
Rent increases have outpaced wage increases, leaving families struggling to afford groceries, healthcare, clothes, or school supplies. Curb rent increase for landlords who own 5 or more properties to just 3% of the preceding year’s rent or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, whichever is greater. This creates clear guidance for both sides on what to expect and ensures families are not displaced because of large rent increases.
Create public oversight of large landlords (anyone who owns more than 100 housing units in one metro area or more than 1,000 rental units nationwide or any property in at least three different states). These landlords must provide a quarterly, public disclosure of the median rent, the number of evicted tenants, and the identity of the landlord’s three largest shareholders, among other details. This also prevents landlords with a history of harassing tenants or if they own more than 100 units in the same metropolitan area from receiving federal mortgages or purchasing federal property.
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected those with underlying health conditions including respiratory conditions caused by mold from water leaks, poor ventilation, mites from dirty and old carpeting, and pest infestation. Jacksonville’s public housing buildings are notorious for containing these inhabitable physical conditions. JHA apartments are plagued with faulty elevators, crumbling infrastructure, and sometimes, no water, or worse, yellow water. This has to stop. We need to invest in repairing our current public housing units and envision a brighter future for public housing in the Duval County.