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Rent control laws set a ceiling on rents and severely limit or prohibit property owners from raising rents. Rather than improving the availability of affordable housing, rent control laws exacerbate shortages, cause existing buildings to deteriorate and disproportionately benefit higher-income households. Forbes magazine lists as one of the 10 worst economic ideas of the 20th century. Learn more with our Issue Fact Sheet.
NMHC Rent Control Update
Where Rent Control Proposals Stand Nationwide: Although we’re only weeks into the new year, many states and localities have already taken steps to implement rent control policies.
- January 2023
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The Housing Affordability Toolkit helps guide discussions regarding specific housing affordability policies, tools, and incentives. It is divided into six sections and each section delves into a specific component of addressing the affordability challenge.
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An in-depth review of how rent control policies can contribute to higher rents, worsen housing affordability, cost taxpayers millions of dollars and amplify economic inequality.Learn More