State officials look to consider rent control measures in 2023

Working mom Angeline Vergara says she and her kids could just be days away from living on the streets as they face eviction from the home they have been in for the past 15 years.

News 12 Staff

Jan 1, 2023, 5:50 PM

Updated 530 days ago

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State lawmakers say they plan to consider a rent control measure in 2023, just as thousands of Connecticut renters and homeowners endure the ongoing eviction crisis.
Working mom Angeline Vergara says she and her kids could be days away from living on the streets as they face eviction from the home they have been in for the past 15 years. She is one of thousands of Connecticut residents experiencing housing insecurity.
"It hurts. It's gut-wrenching. Right then and there, I don't know where I was going or where to turn to,” she said.
Vergara says she works in the field of surgical technology, but a job-related injury made her fall behind on the rent.
She says the worst part about the situation is that her landlord wants her out so he can get more money out of the apartment.
"It's vicious. The poor get poorer, and the rich get richer,” she said. "All I want is for my son and my daughter to have a proper place to live where they're safe.”
Sen.-elect Herron Gaston says his version of a rent control measure would consider all sides of the argument.
"We know that the landlords are trying to provide housing across our state, but we also recognize that there needs to be a mechanism in place that they cannot arbitrarily raise the rent," Gaston said.


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