Jackson Council Tables Rent Control Waiver Ordinance

JACKSON-An ordinance drafted by the township to waive rent control on 15% of affordable housing  units in the township was put on hold after rent control advocate, councilman Scott Martin objected to the wording of the ordinance.

In the proposed ordinance, “All affordable housing inclusionary sites with a set aside of a minimum of fifteen percent (15%) of affordable housing shall be exempt from the rent control provisions of this chapter for any units receiving an initial certificate of occupancy after March 15, 2016.”

“I have some very deep concerns about this ordinance as it pertains to the rent control provision,” said Councilman Scott Martin.  “I find some of the wording concerning in that we can face a situation where residents in mobile home parks can be negatively impacted and losing the ability to have rent control in the mobile home parks.”

“I would not want to pass an ordinance that would open the door for residents losing rent control,” he added.

The first reading of an amended ordinance could take place at the March 8th township council meeting if the town’s legal counsel can rework the ordinance to shield mobile home park renters.

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