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.
Read NMHC's outlook for rent regulations around the country.
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Research Finds Rent Control and other Rent Regulation Laws Hurt Renters Seeking Housing Opportunity and Affordability, and Disproportionally Benefits Higher Income RentersRead more
In the July 2023 edition of NMHC's Research Notes, we examine various “rent stabilization” laws throughout the country, and how they have become more restrictive—highlighting the purported difference between these rent regulations and original rent control.Read more
Tools and resources to help you change the conversation on rent control.
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A map showing the rent control positions of states across the country.Learn More
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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.
More information on rent control, in addition to the NMHC/NAA viewpoint.Learn More
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
- NMHC-NAA Statement for House Financial Services Subcommittee Field Hearing on Status Quo Housing Policy
- Rent Control Fact Sheet
- NMHC-NAA Statement for Senate Banking Hearing on Property Insurance Market Challenges
- Real Estate Industry Letter on Rent Control to FHFA Director Sandra Thompson
- Housing Affordability Coalition Comment Letter to FHFA on Tenant Protections RFI