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No Rent control (by Kevin [FL]) Aug 12, 2022 8:04 AM
       No Rent control (by Kevin [FL]) Aug 12, 2022 8:27 AM
       No Rent control (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Aug 12, 2022 9:20 AM
       No Rent control (by S i d [MO]) Aug 12, 2022 9:26 AM
       No Rent control (by Robin [FL]) Aug 12, 2022 10:13 AM
       No Rent control (by Richard [MI]) Aug 12, 2022 12:43 PM
       No Rent control (by 6x6 [TN]) Aug 12, 2022 8:32 PM

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No Rent control (by Kevin [FL]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 8:04 AM

St. Pete City Council puts end to rent control talks

By Fallon Silcox and Sarah Blazonis Pinellas County

UPDATED 10:38 PM ET Aug. 11, 2022 PUBLISHED 6:35 AM ET Aug. 11, 2022

The road to rent control in St. Petersburg took a turn Thursday afternoon as the St. Petersburg City Council voted 5-3 not to move forward with discussions on rent control.

Following a resolution passed last week to consider whether the city would put a rent stabilization referendum on the November ballot, the council has now rejected a resolution to move it forward this week.

“I voted against this because we have already discussed the dangers of rent control as far as legally, if we did move forward with that,” said St. Petersburg City Council Chair Gina Driscoll. “With all of the other initiatives that our city has been taking, that City Council has been working on, we have many legal methods of creating more housing affordability in our city, and that’s where I want us to focus.”

Driscoll said the measure council members voted on would have allowed for continued talks that could have led to rent control being on the ballot next year. She said there isn’t enough time to get a measure on the ballot this year. She also said state law would make it hard to create rent control without opening the city to lawsuits.

“It’s legal, but the state has made it such a thorny path that it’s really, you know, full of landmines, makes it very difficult,” Driscoll said.

Councilwoman Deborah Figgs-Sanders, who made the motion to pass the resolution last week, said that after speaking with legal and going over the information, she decided it was best to table it.

“I brought the resolution forward with full intent and do not regret any of it,” Figgs-Sanders said.

The vote came as a blow to affordable housing advocates at the meeting, several of whom took part in recent sleep-in protests in front of city hall to urge the council to take steps toward rent control.

“What’s good for them is profits,” William Kilgore said to council members after the vote, referring to landlords. “What’s good for us is housing. What’s good for us is stable housing. What’s good for us is not being homeless.”

As the meeting was winding down, protesters brought it to a halt — first shouting their frustrations at the council, then chanting, “We will not be silenced! Evictions are violence!” They continued to chant as security ushered the group out of city hall.

Kilgore, who’s with the St. Petersburg Tenants Union, said he’s angry about council’s actions.

“They had four hours of public testimony, constituents coming in tears much of the time, and here they won’t even move it forward to continue discussing it for maybe doing it for a special election,” Kilgore said.

“I’m really disappointed about this,” said Bryce Springfield, a St. Petersburg resident who took part in last week’s sleep-in. “This shouldn’t have been the council’s decision. It should have been the people’s decision.”

A handful of people who spoke after the vote told council affordable housing solutions are still needed. A few spoke in favor of the city creating socialized housing, possibly as part of the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site.

“My hope is that we’re going to move forward and continue our discussions that we’ve been having on other housing solutions that really have a clear path legally and that really and truly benefit our city,” said Driscoll.

Kilgore said those in favor of rent control aren’t giving up.

“We’ve had losses before,” he said. “We’ve had things we’ve tried to push through that get loopholes shot in them or get voted down. It’s no matter. We’re building. We’re building and we’re growing every single day.”

Spectrum News reporter Nicholas Popham contributed to this story.

No Rent control (by Kevin [FL]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 8:27 AM

So happy we have a great governor and legislators.

No Rent control (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 9:20 AM

The purpose of rent control is not to control rent where expropriate private rental buildings and houses as most of this in favour do not believe in private sector ownership of rentals. Look up rents in a rent controlled than ask why rents are significantly higher then in a free market system. in Canada some provinces have rent control where others are free market than the provinces that rent control rents are higher as there little to no building of rental complexes. Socialism is a pipe dream which never works. Here the community rental housing or what once called the housing authority is exempt from rent control. Once at the residential tenancy commission a tenant was getting a 45 per cent rent increase where the tenant found out that government owned rentals are not under rent control as the government knows rent control is unworkable. In 1933 they brought in wage and price controls where striken ist verboten then not showing work was 21 days in the concentration camp. Most the leftist extremists are not in touch with reality where rent control next to coming will eventually destroy rental housing. If annual operating costs go up more than the allowed increases repairs and renovations are reduced where the standard falls below market standard. If the province of Ontario emptied the annual treasury there would not enough money to buy out all the private sector rentals unless wanted to be like Finland where taxes are some the highest in the world than they say people are happy. Write editorials in newspapers then rent control does not benefit tenants as tenants pay higher rents along with lower standard of rental units and houses.

No Rent control (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 9:26 AM

Good news for now, but I'd consider this a warning for any land lords in St. Pete to sell....NOW! Anyone who stays will suffer the consequences of unconstitutional seizuer of private property for public benefit.

The part that gets me is that rent control never works...anywhere. It's proved time and again that it discourages more development, increases inefficiency as folks who live in cheap larger units they no longer need after their kids move out refuse to downsize because they'll lose their cheap rent, and makes land lords defer maintenance. It never works in the long term. Yet people keep thinking if they just protest enough, somehow lunch becomes free. Nice thought but sadly mistaken.


No Rent control (by Robin [FL]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 10:13 AM

Count your lucky stars that your council people were intelligent enough to not go forward with rent control.

Orange County landlords are not so lucky. Our county commissioners passed a measure (correct term?) that will put rent control on the November ballot. This measure, if passed (and it will since Orange County is blue with a LOT of tenants), will cap rent increases to CPI. But it will not apply to all rental properties, mostly only apartment complexes.

Thankfully, due to state law, if it passes, it will only be good for one year.

No Rent control (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 12:43 PM

Socialized housing? You mean where you just take property from people who worked for it and paid for it and give it to those who did not? That kind of housing?

These parasites always want what they did not earn or pay for.

Tell you what, there are many uninhabited islands in the Caribbean-- why don't they go and live on one of them? They just want everything handed to them --because! --24.180.xx.xx

No Rent control (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 8:32 PM

Why don't they stop doing what gets them evicted?

Doing what it takes to get evicted is violence, or worse.

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