Montgomery County Council member announces upcoming legislation that would require rental units in the county to have working air conditioning for the safety of the elderly and disabled in a heat emergency.
Councilman Hucker, who also serves as the chair of the council’s Transportation and Environment Committee, originally introduced the air conditioning legislation earlier this summer.
According to Hucker’s office, the new policy would amend the county code to require landlords to provide and maintain air conditioning in rental housing within the county between May 1 and Sept. 30. Air in the units must not rise above 80 degrees, according to the legislation.
The issue of air conditioning can be especially important to vulnerable communities like the county’s elderly population and children.
“Air conditioning is more than a matter of comfort for many people,” Hucker said. “Especially for the elderly and those with chronic health conditions, it’s a matter of life or death. And climate change is only exacerbating the problem, as just six weeks ago we lived through the hottest month ever recorded on the planet.”
“During the press conference, Hucker said that this summer had the hottest June ever experienced, and July was the hottest month in all of recorded human history. "Maryland, along with other parts of the world have experienced heat-related deaths this summer, Hucker said." This legislation will create policies that help the community adapt and remain safe in the changing climate.”
“Our housing law is founded on the premise: that our tenants are entitled to safe and healthy living spaces, and our laws are enforced by our housing department but without any requirement for working AC, our department is unable to require an owner to keep each unit in a healthy temperature,” Hucker said. “In our research for this bill, we found that we still have some apartments, incredibly, where the landlord doesn’t provide any AC at all.” To read more about the City Councilman's air conditioning legislation please CLICK HERE.
The threat of continued triple digit heat in Montgomery County means we need to be prepared to assist the elderly and impoverished in a heat emergency:
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that heat is already the deadliest weather phenomenon in the US, killing hundreds of people each year, more than floods, fires, earthquakes, lightning strikes, tornadoes, or hurricanes. With climate change, the threat is only getting worse, particularly for the elderly and the impoverished.”
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