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Bad landlords are raising rent, ignoring repairs, and threatening eviction.

The cost and conditions of housing is the #1 issue for surveyed Floridians.

Landlords have the responsibility to maintain the premises and follow local health, building, and housing codes. But we know that bad landlords have failed to meet these responsibilities.

If you’re facing increased rent and decreased repairs, there’s help available.

The first step is reporting your landlord. Then members of the Florida Rising Tenant Justice Committee will follow up to make sure you know your rights and provide the steps to take to hold your landlord accountable.

Florida renters are paying some of the highest rates in the nation.

The average renter earns $42,744 annually. The average income to afford to rent in Florida is $53,000.

Report your landlord and get support.

“Since moving into our 1,100-square-foot apartment in Orange County in Central Florida two years ago, our monthly rent has risen from $1800 to $2590 — and what was once a safe haven has now become a financial burden, forcing us to downsize significantly just to keep a roof over our heads. Frankly, we don’t have a choice. Together, we can and will create a future where the right to a safe and secure home is a reality for all.”

In 2022, members like Jessy Correa came together to demand action to manage skyrocketing rent and poor rental conditions. That campaign passed the state’s first ever one-year rent stabilization ballot measure and one of the strongest Tenant Bill of Rights in the state, which included the creation of the Office of Tenant Services. Our opponents, corporate landlords and their lobbyists slowed our progress but we have an opportunity to take advantage of laws already on the books to hold our landlords accountable.

Together we can make Orange County affordable, keep each other in our homes, and stop paying luxury rates for slum conditions.

*Florida Rising is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a state where we can all be healthy, happy, and whole.