University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review


This Note addresses the increasing rent problem in Florida, explains why rent control is not the best solution, and suggests alternative remedies. Rent control refers to laws and regulations that control how much a landlord can increase the price charged to tenants to live in an apartment. Florida enacted a statute in 1977 that currently bans rent control in the state but has an exception in the case of a housing emergency. This exception allows local governments to put a one-year rent control ordinance to a public vote. Orange County, Florida, recently declared a housing emergency and had residents vote on the issue. This Note will look to and compare the successes and failures of rent control implementation across cities in the United States and Europe and describe why other municipalities in Florida should not follow suit to Orange County and instead seek alternative remedies to produce more affordable housing for its citizens