ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County’s proposed rent control ordinance may stand on the November ballot, a judge ruled Thursday.
What do you want to know
- Judge rules in favor of Orange County rent control ballot issue
- Proposal could remain on November ballot, judge says
- The Florida Association of Realtors, Florida Apartment Association “disappointed” by the decision
- Some tenants want more done beyond the ordinance
Orange County Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Jeffrey Ashton denied Florida Realtors® (Florida Association of Realtors) and the Florida Apartment Association’s motion for a temporary injunction, noting in his view that the order itself is “contrary to established law”. ”
“The public interest is rarely served by removing a contentious issue from public debate,” he said.
In statements emailed to Spectrum News, the two associations expressed their disappointment with the decision and plan to continue their legal action.
“The Orange County Rent Control Ordinance and its Ballot Summary are invalid and illegal, and that is why Florida Realtors® plans to pursue an expedited appeal to overturn this order and obtain a preliminary injunction,” said Margy Grant, Managing Director of Florida Realtors.
“We will continue to vigorously defend the rights of our members and all property owners in Orange County,” said Chip Tatum, executive vice president of the Florida Apartment Association.
Eric Gosnay, an Orange County tenant who recently moved into a new rental building due to rising rents, plans to vote for the ordinance but said there’s still more to do.
“If people don’t get raises and things like that, then who can possibly hire?” said Gosnay.
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