[Mintwood-place] Graham Moves to Protect Elderly and Disabled under Rent Control
Jim at grahamwone.com
Thu Jul 29 07:49:29 EDT 2010
I introduced a bill July 13 to benefit the elderly and disabled under the rent control act. The legislation makes it easier for them to prove their eligibility for rent control benefits. It also would bring to an end an abuse that is apparently occurring.
Under the rent control reform I authored in 2005, annual rent increases for the elderly and disabled are capped at the Consumer Price Index (CPI). But, reportedly, there are elderly and disabled renters who have not had the benefit of that cap.
There are now complex forms that need to be filed with the Rent Administrator. This cumbersome bureaucratic process, coupled with incomplete or nonexistent notice supplied by housing providers, has apparently been allowing housing providers to impose rent increases above the cap.
Under my bill, seniors and the disabled would prove eligibility by simply showing the building owner a valid ID or a disability letter from Social Security or a physician. This will mean more protection for them!
Councilmember Jim Graham
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Jim Graham, Councilmember, Ward One, 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #105, Washington, DC 20004. 202-724-8181; 202-724-8109 (fax).
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