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A report is calling for Montgomery County to be more like New York City when it comes to rental properties.

There are more than 80,000 rental households in Montgomery County, with Silver Spring having the highest number of them. County Councilman Marc Elrich says landlords are beginning to increase rents far above the cost of living there.

"Rent increase is justified because Silver Spring is a prosperous and better community today than it was 10 years ago," he says. "So they can market those buildings to a higher income group than they could before. And I think that is a real problem."

A report from the county tenants work group is recommending rent control laws in the county similar to those in place in New York City. But the person who commissioned the report, county executive Isiah Leggett, doesn't support that.

Matt Bush reports...

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