Councilwoman-at-Large Kendra Brooks introduced her first piece of legislation on Thursday and she called for hearings on rent control.
Rent control would be able to help the 11,000 households that rent their homes in Southwest Philadelphia. As gentrification moves into the community, renters will be vulnerable to significant rent increases which they may not be able to afford.
In New York City, rent control has kept housing affordable for decades after a neighborhood changes. A maximum allowable rent is set for each housing unit. The rent may not be increased by more than 7.5% in a two year period until the maximum allowable rent is reached.
Call Councilwoman Brooks’ office if you also support her efforts to hold hearings on rent control at 215-686-0461.