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For many low-income renters, paying a security deposit is one of the biggest hurdles to finding an affordable home.

So City Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton framed her bill to require landlords to provide alternatives to security deposits as one that would empower renters.

“It’s been a long time since we really looked at ways of having renter relief,” Middleton told council members in February.

But renters’ advocates say it would not empower renters, but their landlords.

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