Montgomery County

Land Costs and Housing Costs

One common argument against upzoning is that it increases land costs—but land costs rose in the most restrictive markets as well as the least restrictive ones.

November 18, 2021 - Michael Lewyn

Basement Apartment

Rent Control Debate Heats Up As Renters Continue To Struggle

While some economists argue that rent control restricts new construction and encourages poor maintenance, proponents of the policy say it's necessary to mitigating skyrocketing rental costs that are putting more households on the brink of eviction.

November 2, 2021 - Governing

Empty living room/dining room in an apartment in a 1920s apartment house, Los Angeles, California.

Spiking Rents Putting More People at Risk of Eviction

Housing costs across the country are becoming more and more unaffordable for low- and moderate-income households, a trend that began even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 26, 2021 - The New York Times


One Quarter of Washington State Renters Fear Eviction

State data show more tenants expect eviction in the coming months even as the state struggles to disburse rental assistance funds.

September 16, 2021 - Washington State Wire

St. Paul Minnesota

St. Paul Voters Could Pass the Nation's Strictest Rent Stabilization Ordinance

The extremely strict proposal would eliminate sharp rent increases, but could stifle housing construction and worsen the city's housing crisis.

September 10, 2021 - Minneapolis Post

New York City, New York

Rents Rise in New York City Even as Eviction Crisis Mounts

Although many tenants are still waiting for rental assistance funds to avoid eviction, rents are rising steadily in the city's wealthiest boroughs.

August 27, 2021 - The New York Times

Rent Jubilee

Landlords Filing Evictions to Speed Rent Relief Funds

Because many rent relief programs prioritize tenants actively facing eviction, some Ohio landlords are using eviction to speed up the process.

August 9, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Apartments for rent signage

Cincinnati Tenants Can Still Access Rental Assistance Funds

Organizations in the city are working to distribute remaining rental assistance to tenants and landlords.

August 4, 2021 - WLWT

Basement Apartment

High Housing Costs Could Keep Inflation Rising

After last year's precipitous drops, rents are rising again in cities around the country, which could signal sustained inflation.

August 1, 2021 - New York Times

For Rent

As Luxury Rents Drop, Low-Income Tenants Pay More

With increasing pressure on the nation's supply of affordable housing, low- and middle-income renters are seeing their rents go up while higher-quality apartments drop prices to lure back remote workers.

March 29, 2021 - The Washington Post

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