Orange County commissioners approve ‘tenant bill of rights’ for renters

Ordinance aims at easing problems of rising rent

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to formally create a “tenant bill of right” for renters, which is set to go into effect in March.

The ordinance is set to do several things, including mandating 60-days notice before terminating a lease or raising rent by more than 5%.

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It also formally bans landlords from discriminating against prospective renters on the basis of things like race and their source of income.

The ordinance also requires landlords to reveal all fees up front.

“We have to create this spirit of cooperation, of collaboration with the landlords,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said.

Commissioners added an amendment that would also create a new government office to investigate complains and work with landlords.

This change is separate from the county’s rent control ordinance, something landlords oppose and was rejected by a judge. Commissioners are appealing that decision to the state Supreme Court.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.