A group of Montclair residents have been fighting for rent control. Last night, they got one important step closer.
Tenants Organization of Montclair (TOOM) celebrated last night as Montclair’s town council approved a rent regulation ordinance for public hearing on Tuesday, March 24.
In an email to members, TOOM celebrated having four council votes for the ordinance which will be appear on the township website this week. Mayor Jackson abstained and Councilor McMahon was absent; all other council members voted yes.
The meeting, a council conference meeting, was attended by TOOM members and clergy members.
The ordinance discussion centered on a 4.5% rent cap overall (TOOM had wanted 3-4 % and 2% for seniors) on what a landlord/owner can yearly raise the rent, if the chose to raise it. Also discussed was a 2.5% cap for seniors with more details to become available when the ordinance is posted. A 10% vacancy control was added, to ensure that when someone moves out of an apartment, the next tenant can’t be charged from than a 10% increase in rent. Also discussed — a full time rent control regulation officer.
To learn more about TOOM and get involved before the public hearing, attend their next meeting on Monday, March 16th from 7-9pm at Trend Coffee and Tea House, 411 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.