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.

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Issue Fact Sheet

More information on rent control, in addition to the NMHC/NAA viewpoint.

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The Impacts of Rent Control: A Research Review and Synthesis

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.

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Rent Control Laws by State

A map showing the rent control positions of states across the country.

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