Earlier this month, the Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA) announced that the 2016 standard rent increase for residents age 62 and older in rent-controlled apartments will be 0%. That's right. Zero. Renters of any age with a disability who are registered are also eligible to receive the 0% increase.
All other renters in rent-controlled apartments will have a 2% rent increase.
2016 rent increases begin on May 1, 2016 and run through April 30, 2017.
Now to the fine print: Are you registered? Only those 62 and older or those with a disability who have registered with the Rent Administrator's Office will be eligible for the 0%. Register at least 30 days before your next rent increase. Register using Form 6 - Tenant's Notice to Housing Provider of Elderly or Disabled Status (English) (Spanish). Rent-control increases are not retroactive, so registration before May 1 is imperative.
Need help in applying? Call or make an appointment with OTA (202) 719-6560.
Need more information on rent control? See the 2015 rent control article by Barbara Cline.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Big news for all registered seniors (62+) living in rent-controlled apartments
Barbara Cline, rent-control expert, has shared the following super important information: