Rent Control

4 days ago
Enacted in 2015, Berlin's "Mietpreisbremse" ordinance limits rent increases on some (but not all) apartments. According to this study, results have not been ideal.
City Observatory
October 25, 2016, 1pm PDT
California law and a local ordinance prevent new apartment buildings from falling under rent control. But that need not prevent a developer from requesting it, as a developer in San Francisco's Excelsior District has done.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2016, 12pm PDT
A recent poll has found growing support for a repeal of the statewide ban on rent control in Oregon.
Portland Tribune
September 16, 2016, 7am PDT
Voters in six Bay Area cities in four Bay Area counties will determine the outcome of eight ballot measures on rent and eviction control. Two of the cities will have city council-sponsored measures competing against voter initiatives.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 2016, 2pm PDT
A resurgent tenants' rights movement has found a home south of the traditional progressive capital of the Bay Area.
The New York Times
June 1, 2016, 7am PDT
As rents in the Bay Area have skyrocketed, cities are updating and introducing rent control ordinances. They are stoking age-old debates over the macroeconomic value of rent control.
California Planning & Development Report
March 17, 2016, 10am PDT
Rick Jacobus argues that those who block new development on social justice grounds aren't fighting to win long-term. Building is necessary, but with it should come robust affordable housing mandates.
Shelterforce
February 5, 2016, 11am PST
A newly elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has proposed an expansion of rent control that would circumvent state laws that limit such measures.
Beyond Chron
January 10, 2016, 5am PST
There is hidden economic diversity even in one of the most famous (and toniest) of zip codes.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
October 2, 2015, 9am PDT
This month, changes to Chicago's Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) will go into effect, raising the in-lieu fees developers must pay to opt out of building affordable units downtown.
The Architect's Newspaper
Blog post
September 21, 2015, 8am PDT
A simple explanation of why strict rent control reduces housing supply, and why moderate rent control does so to a much lesser extent.
Michael Lewyn
April 4, 2015, 9am PDT
Rent control's heyday came and went decades ago, as free-market advocates won out over long-term renters. With housing prices skyrocketing in many U.S. metros, the benefits of rent control may outweigh the harms.
Pacific Standard
Blog post
March 24, 2015, 2pm PDT
The recent example of a dramatic rent increase in San Francisco may be less about loopholes in current housing laws and more about failing to consider all the implications of rushed legislation.
Reuben Duarte
February 20, 2015, 12pm PST
A judge's ruling in New York has evicted a rent-stabilized tenant in Hell's Kitchen. Renters might want to reconsider the terms of their lease before listing their apartments for rent—especially if they live in a rent stabilized apartment.
New York Post
Blog post
October 28, 2014, 5am PDT
The income of original residents is more important to the gentrification debate than any opposition to luxury development or price controls. We need to begin to embed income inequality within the gentrification debate.
Reuben Duarte
November 19, 2013, 9am PST
Beset by a wave of so-called "no fault" evictions, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and state legislators are taking aim at the Ellis Act, and the speculators who utilize the California law to force tenants out of their rent-controlled homes.
Los Angeles Times
January 3, 2013, 11am PST
With rental vacancy rates declining across America, the expansion of rent control policies may seem like a logical solution for protecting vulnerable renters from fast rising prices. But Peter Tatian argues there's little evidence that it works.
Metro Trends
July 3, 2012, 7am PDT
Stephen Smith points to new economic research highlighting the dramatic effect of rent control on the value of nearby properties. Hint: it keeps prices down <em>everywhere</em>.
Market Urbanism
June 20, 2012, 2pm PDT
Wealthy families are using San Francisco's rent-controlled apartments as vacation homes, to the detriment of landlords and low-income families, for whom the regulations intended to preserve affordable housing were designed.
San Francisco Chronicle
February 19, 2012, 5am PST
Scott James reports on the ironic application of rent control laws in San Francisco, which results in people of relatively modest means subsidizing the housing of the extraordinarily wealthy.
The Bay Citizen