On Feb. 18, the Tampa Tenants Union (TTU) will host a rally at metropolis corridor—situated at 315 E Kennedy Blvd.—to demand hire management because the housing disaster rages on.
Whereas Tampa Bay was just lately ranked by Zillow because the “hottest” housing market within the nation for householders, this spells unhealthy information for renters, who already noticed a drastic spike in hire final yr.
“Tampa Bay’s hire elevated by a report 24% in 2021, the very best in nation,” TTU wrote in a post saying the rally. “In the course of a pandemic, this large enhance in rents is pricing many out of their properties and even into the streets.”
By all indications, the new housing market will doubtless shoot Tampa Bay’s rents up even additional.
The union stated that working households merely can not afford these large leaps in rental costs, as a majority of Individuals live paycheck to paycheck.
In line with Hillsborough and Pinellas Clerk of Courtroom data obtained by CL Tampa Bay, over 8,400 Writs of Possession—the ultimate stage within the eviction course of—have been issued in 2021. Hundreds extra evictions have been filed with the courts and are being processed.
And at present, even “inexpensive” housing in Tampa Bay can nonetheless make these searching for housing hire burdened—spending 30% or extra of their revenue on hire.
In line with 2021 Revenue Limits and Hire Limits information from the Florida Housing Finance Company, in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, a one individual family that makes $41,350 a yr can nonetheless be charged $1,107 a month for one-bedroom rental below inexpensive housing tips. That is 32% of the renters’ revenue. Paying over 30% of 1’s revenue on hire formally makes them hire burdened, leaving them with much less cash to pay for different essential requirements of life like meals and transportation.
The Metropolis of Tampa has informed CL that Florida Statue 166.043, which restricts hire management, presents an impediment that may very well be pricey and sophisticated. However she didn’t say hire management is inconceivable. The rally comes six days earlier than metropolis council hosts a workshop a few “hire stabilization ordinance” on Feb. 24.
TTU stated that with skyrocketing rents, there has by no means been a extra vital time to struggle for hire management than now.
“Be part of us to ship a transparent message to metropolis council: working folks of Tampa demand hire management, nothing much less!,” TTU wrote.
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