Several members of the Tampa Tenants Union, along with supporters from the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the Democratic Socialists of America spoke about how the crisis is affecting renters in Tampa.
The protests occurred in anticipation of city council’s upcoming “rent stabilization workshop” scheduled for this Thursday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. The protesters were adamant that the city should pass rent control and nothing less.
Rent control would limit the amount that landlords can charge for rent, as opposed to having limitless rent prices, which has contributed to the skyrocketing rentals in the area. Currently, the average Tampa Bay renter spends about 42% of their salary on rent.
Just last week, St. Pete City Council skirted rent control by declining to declare a housing state of emergency; activists responded by protesting outside St. Pete City Hall.
The activists called on the community to show up to city hall on Thursday to have their voices and concerns heard.