Jersey City expected to tighten loophole in rent control laws

JERSEY CITY – The City Council is expected to vote on a new ordinance that would eliminate what housing advocates call a loophole in current rent control laws.

The updated ordinance comes after Jersey City Together, a coalition of community and religious leaders, shed light on a tactic they say is being used by landlords to exploit rent control guidelines through Section 8 vouchers.

A first reading of the ordinance will take place Wednesday.

Under the current ordinance, landlords were able to “manipulate” rent control laws and significantly increase rents after tenants using housing vouchers moved out.

“Some landlords were actually using Section 8 vouchers to circumvent rent control and escalate rent significantly and ultimately removing units from rent control from the city’s inventory, thereby reducing the number of affordable units across the city,” Mayor Steve Fulop said…

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