COLLIER COUNTY

People are getting out of paradise as rent prices have been spiraling out of control for some time now. Now the Biden administration is stepping in. The White House announced a plan for the Tenant’s Bill of Rights in hopes of easing the pressure on the wallets of people struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

WINK News spoke with the head of the Collier County Tenants Union, who says this is not the fix tenants are looking for.

In Los Angeles, rents have increased by almost 70%. Southwest Florida, especially Collier County, is seeing the same trend.

That’s something the Biden administration wants to look at.

“We can’t continue to live and work where 75% of our income goes to rent, so I’m glad he’s finally hearing the voices of a nation that’s basically crying out and saying we need help,” said Elizabeth Ruddy, head of the Collier County Tenants Union.

In Collier County, workers are already being forced out of the market. Rudy says that if the leaders sit back, our workforce will walk.

“If you build a house without the necessary materials, it will fall apart, our workforce is the necessary material to keep this city going, and if we don’t have it, it will fall apart,” Radi said.

Some suggestions include investigating unfair rental practices and providing tenants with fair notice.

Radi’s concern is that while the federal government wants to outline the rules, the buck stops at the local level.

“A lot of local officials, hopefully including ours, are saying, OK, let’s meet in the middle, let’s find some compromise and see what we can do within the parameters of what we’re going to allow, rather than just ignore everything, I hope , that they will come to some, some form of meeting in the middle of this.”

Rudy said she’s grateful the president is doing something, but knows any real change will likely depend on state and local officials.

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