State of Maryland: Pass laws for monthly rent increase cap & earlier notice of rent increase.
  • Petitioned Todd Huff

This petition was delivered to:

Baltimore County Councilman
Todd Huff
State Delegate
Joseph C. Boteler
State Delegate
Eric M. Bromwell
State Delegate
John W.E. Cluster, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor
Anthony G. Brown
Martin J. O'Malley
State Senator
Katherine Klausmeier
Maryland Governor
Maryland State Senate
Maryland State House

State of Maryland: Pass laws for monthly rent increase cap & earlier notice of rent increase.

    1. Dabian Witherspoon
    2. Petition by

      Dabian Witherspoon

      Baltimore, MD

The State of Maryland needs to pass a law that places a cap on how much monthly rent can be raised at the end of a lease and a law that requires landlords to give the notice of rent increase sooner than the same time period during which the tenant must give a notice of intent to vacate. Landlord issues pertain to state legislation, which can be introduced for 2014 if this petition is successful. If there must be a monthly rent increase, it should not exceed 2%, which is still a considerable increase but a reasonable compromise. I have seen Maryland residents receive monthly rent increases of $35, $70, and even higher when they renew their leases. Nobody's rent should increase that much every single year. It is difficult for most people to pick up and move on short notice, and there is no guarantee that another rental community will not raise their rent in similar fashion. Excessive monthly rent increases are also a form of gentrification. They effectively push lower income people (disproportionately Blacks and other minorities) out of decent neighborhoods and into run-down, crime-infested ones. No tenant should be exploited by landlords, management companies, or apartment complexes. The State of Maryland and its counties need to help the people who need it most, instead of catering to greedy landlords and management companies who hide behind the bogus "market trend" excuse and raise rent in exorbitant fashion just because, legally, there is nothing to stop them.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 year ago

      I moved in a 1 bdrm paid 525.00 4yrs later I was paying 835.00. My salary didn't go up that much why did my rent?

    • detreeka lane ESSEX MD, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      Because this will take away from my other bills and things I have to provide for my children and house

    • Byrd DeShazo BALTIMORE, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      On a fixed income

    • Jaquann Black BALTIMORE, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      To support The Idea of this Law being passed and Support my family and friends who may and have come across a situation that this law interacts with in any & everyway.

    • Alexandra Lane BALTIMORE, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      This is important to me because I' am a single mother and I' am working two jobs just so I can afford a place for me and my son, and still haven't found anything... I think it would bring the number of women and children that is homeless and even the men!!! I really do think this would help our city!!


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