We grieve for the families and victims of this deadly explosion and fire and ask everyone in our alliance to provide support where they can. For too long in Montgomery County, renters have been viewed as second-class citizens. While the cause of this tragedy has not yet been fully investigated, code inspections history at Flower Branch and residents themselves have made it clear that the quality of these apartment homes was lacking and that renters’ voices were not heard. Irresponsible property managers and landlords neglect their properties, are slow, and sometimes resistant, to making adequate repairs and conducting routine maintenance of their properties. We urge renewed commitment by Montgomery County to listen to renters–now more than 36% of county residents–and make legislative and policy changes that further protect renters from landlord neglect, abuse, retaliation and rent gouging.
Kojo Nnamdi Show focuses on Flower Branch, features Renters Alliance
The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU, August 1, 2016
The Montgomery County Renters Alliance is a new, independent, nonprofit organization advancing renters rights and security. It provides advocacy, education and support for renters on a range of issues, such as forming tenant associations, improving renter-landlord relations, and fair and predictable rent increases. It also addresses just-cause eviction and advocates for greater support from the county and state governments.
The Renters Alliance was founded in 2011 in response to the County’s Tenant Work Group Report, which called for the establishment of an organization dedicated to advancing renters right and advocating on behalf of renters. In the coming months we will be providing additional information valuable to renters and to all those who support renter security, housing affordability and a stronger community.
Join the alliance by adding your name and information to our growing list of supporters. Encourage your neighbors to join as well. The greater the alliance, the stronger the voice of the rental community!
The Montgomery County Renters Alliance, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization incorporated and registered in the State of Maryland.
Your donations go to supporting Renters Alliance services and programs while building a stronger voice for renters.