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Resolution RS2020-456

A resolution condemning the practice of increasing tenant rents as a result of the recently-enacted property tax increase over and above the apportioned amount of taxes for that particular rental unit.

WHEREAS, at the June 16, 2020, Metropolitan Council meeting, the Council enacted Substitute Ordinance No. BL2020-287, the property tax levy for the Metropolitan Government, which included a $1.066 increase in the property tax rate per $100 of assessed value; and

WHEREAS, councilmembers are hearing complaints from residents about landlords notifying them of a sharp increase in rent as a result of the tax increase; and

WHEREAS, as an example, one constituent provided a letter from her landlord notifying her of a $350 per month rent increase as a result of the tax increase on a home with an appraised value of $202,000; and

WHEREAS, such rent gouging is unconscionable, especially during a global pandemic that is wreaking havoc on our economy and making it difficult for many residents to cover the costs of food, medicine, and shelter; and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Council should send a clear message that the practice of rent gouging will not be tolerated in Nashville and that landlords who use the property tax increase as a tool to excessively increase rents should be called out for their actions.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as condemning the practice of increasing tenant rents as a result of the recently-enacted property tax increase over and above the apportioned amount of taxes for the particular square footage of the rental unit.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Jennifer Gamble, Kyonzté Toombs, Ginny Welsch, Sean Parker, Sharon Hurt, Joy Styles, Brandon Taylor, Jeff Syracuse, Zulfat Suara

Legislative History

Referred toAffordable Housing Committee

IntroducedJuly 21, 2020

AdoptedJuly 21, 2020

ApprovedJuly 22, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 08/03/2020 2:09 PM