TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hillsborough County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday which adds protections for tenants amidst rent hikes.

Residential landlords will now be required to give at least 60 days’ notice for increases greater than 5% starting Monday, Aug/ 8. The ordinance is part of the county’s Tenant’s Bill of Rights.

Additional provisions to the Tenant’s Bill of Rights Ordinance include the following:

  • At least 30 days’ notice before termination of residential month-to-month leases
  • At least 60 days’ notice for the termination of all other residential leases, and
  • At least 60 days’ notice for residential rent increases of more than 5% for leases with a specific term.

Starting Oct. 1, those who violate the ordinance face a $500 fine.