Recent Advocacy Alerts

Advocacy Alerts notify members about important pending legislation and how to advocate for its passage. The more members who take action, the more effective WDC will be in its advocacy efforts.


12-20-2018

Please reach out to your Montgomery County State legislators and ask them to support MC 22-19. You can find who represents you and their contact information here (note: some newly elected legislators will not be listed until the 2019 Legislative Session begins on January 9).

The Woman’s Democratic Club strongly supports passage of MC 22-19, Just Cause Eviction, which would prohibit a landlord from evicting a tenant from a leased premise in the absence of a justifiable reason.  This bill is sponsored by Montgomery County Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins. Without a Just Cause Eviction law, tenants (who occupy 40% of County housing) in Montgomery County may be reluctant to seek needed repairs or maintenance for fear such requests would trigger eviction or non-renewal of a lease.

Rental housing stability must be a priority for our County, which is experiencing a rental housing crisis for low-and-moderate income households, especially families.  According to Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight’s report, 10,451 evictions were ordered in 2017, resulting in an average of 29 households being displaced each day—including families, children, students, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals.  Lack of housing stability too often results in reduced student achievement, job loss, economic instability, mental/physical health issues, and homelessness due to the challenges of finding new housing within 30 or 60 days.  Evictions without reasonable cause exacerbate this problem.

MC 22-19 would put renter protections in place that are similar to those already in effect in much of the country.   It would not impact a landlord’s ability to raise rent, or to evict a tenant who fails to pay rent or breaches the lease terms.  Many responsible landlords already comply with the provisions of MC 22-19; this bill would codify the rights of tenants to report housing deficiencies without fear of retribution.  

Please reach out to your Montgomery County State legislators and ask them to support MC 22-19. You can find who represents you and their contact information here (note: some newly elected legislators will not be listed until the 2019 Legislative Session begins on January 9).