Jersey City’s rent control system is broken. How can it be fixed?

As downtown Jersey City’s rents continue to rise, affordable housing is becoming more and more scarce. Rent-controlled units make up the vast majority of affordable housing downtown. But a new report co-authored by Councilman James Solomon concludes the city’s rent control system is broken.

The findings: a majority of tenants don’t even know they live in rent-controlled apartments, and many don’t know their rights. Solomon says landlords looking to make more profit feel no need to follow the rules and keep rents down in a system that’s lacked oversight for years.