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Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler will meet with renters Monday to discuss issues unique to those who rent their homes.

Gansler (D) will join state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, Dels. Shelia Hixson and Tom Hucker, both (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring, at the forum scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Service Center.

Matt Losak, executive director of the Montgomery County Renters Alliance Inc., which is hosting the forum, said many of the issues renters face are statewide issues and the Alliance is looking for Gansler and the state lawmakers to address those, including what Losak called the renter-landlord problem.

Gansler and the rest of the panel also are expected to field questions from those who attend.

Losak said as many as 130 renters could attend the event. Members of the Montgomery County Council and a representative from the county Department of Housing and Community Affairs also are expected to attend.

The forum is the second of a series of regional meetings the Alliance is holding to discuss renter issues in Montgomery.

About 30 percent of Montgomery County’s nearly 1 million residents rent their home, Losak said.

In 2011, the renters alliance was formed in response to the county’s Tenant Work Group report, which called for establishing an organization dedicated to advancing renters right and advocating on behalf of renters.

kalexander@gazette.net