At the Perth Amboy City Council meeting on Wednesday October 12, 2022 the City Council unanimously voted to reform the rent control ordinance to reduce rent increases that are allowed to occur when a lease ends. The council passed the reform proposed by the Rent Leveling Board that reduces the current lease increase from 5% at the end of a lease, to 3% if the rent includes a charge for water and 2 1/2% if the rent does not cover water. The reform applies to rental properties of more than 4 units.
The rent control reform is aimed at addressing rapidly escalating rents in Perth Amboy. Sharon Hubberman, Chair of the Rent Leveling Board, said the rent control ordinance had not been reviewed in 35 years and this reform was necessary to address affordability in Perth Amboy. There was standing room only for the meeting and many residents spoke in favor of the reform. The City Council also heard testimonies from residents and members of Make the Road NJ, about escalating rents, rent hardship and wanting greater inspections of rental units for safety.
Joe Vas Jr also spoke at the meeting lobbying the council to investigate enforcement of the rent control laws and have greater information on the city website regarding rent control rules.