Rent Stabilization

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Washington State Legislature Could Continue Housing Reforms in 2024

2023 saw some victories and some setbacks for housing advocates. Lawmakers plan to continue the fight in 2024.

January 4, 2024 - The Urbanist

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‘Renters Bill of Rights’ One Step Closer to Reality

The Biden administration could strengthen tenant protections on a national scale by leveraging federally backed mortgages to mandate rent stabilization and bar discrimination in rental housing.

November 22, 2023 - Truthout

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Opinion: After Rent Stabilization, More Action Needed to Make Housing Affordable

Montgomery County just passed a slew of regulatory and legislative changes aimed at improving affordable housing. One writer suggests several more.

September 28, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

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Rent Control Approved for Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Council has approved a new law that sets limits on how much landlords can raise rents from year to year.

August 1, 2023 - DCist

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Opinion: Rent Control Works

A dozen arguments for why rent control is effective and necessary in the current housing crisis.

July 23, 2023 - Jacobin

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In Defense of Rent Control

Rent control policies, widely panned by economists, have been shown to slow displacement and keep housing affordable.

May 17, 2023 - The American Prospect

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Proposed Bill Would Strengthen California’s Renter Protections

The bill would improve on the 2019 Tenant Protection Act by further limiting rent increases and adding more eviction protections for California renters.

March 15, 2023 - KTLA

Tenant Protections

What Is Rent Control?

Rent control, also known as rent stabilization, is a controversial policy tool used by the government to limit rent increases by landlords.

March 1, 2023 - James Brasuell

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Colorado Rent Control Bill Back in the House

A bill that would allow Colorado cities to enact rent stabilization policies is under discussion again, with some tweaks.

February 21, 2023 - Colorado Public Radio

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Appeals Court Decision Favors New York City Tenants

The court ruled against landlords challenging the city’s rent stabilization laws as unconstitutional. The landlords plan to take their case to the Supreme Court.

February 9, 2023 - Bloomberg Law

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Boston Mayor Fights for Rent Control

Mayor Wu says putting a rent control policy in place is just one of several ways the city plans to improve housing affordability and prevent evictions, but the proposal requires state approval.

January 24, 2023 - The Boston Globe

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O.C. City To Create Rental Registry to Enforce Rent Control Laws

Santa Ana will require landlords to register their properties and rent increases and is creating a seven-seat board to help enforce rent stabilization and settle disputes.

December 23, 2022 - OC Register

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How Rent Control Fared on the November Ballot

Rent control measures largely failed to get traction in state legislatures, but are expected to make a comeback in 2023.

December 16, 2022 - Globe St.

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New York’s Small Landlords Protest for the Right to Exclude

Landlords with fewer properties say rent stabilization, eviction moratoriums, and rising costs for repairs and maintenance are making it impossible for them to keep their businesses going.

November 17, 2022 - Curbed

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Pennsylvania Law Ties Building Repair Loans to Affordability

A new state program provides forgivable loans for residential repairs and retrofits to landlords who don’t raise rents by more than 3 percent.

October 10, 2022 - Next City

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St. Paul Revises Rent Stabilization Ordinance

The city is pulling back on some provisions in the rent stabilization ordinance passed by voters last fall.

September 20, 2022 - MinnPost

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California Rents Could Spike by as Much as 10 Percent

Thanks to inflation, landlords in parts of the state not limited by local rent stabilization ordinances can raise rent by up to 10 percent starting in August.

July 21, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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St. Paul Landlords Raising Utility Costs To Circumvent Rent Control

After the city passed a rent stabilization ordinance, landlords are reworking leases to include new utility charges, effectively raising rents by as much as 14 percent.

July 12, 2022 - Minnesota Reformer

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New York City Approves Rent Hikes on Rent-Stabilized Apartments

The rent increases, which the Rent Guidelines Board deemed necessary to support “mom and pop” landlords, will affect two million residents.

June 26, 2022 - The New York Times

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New York Affordable Housing Program Set To Expire

A program that has supported the construction of thousands of affordable units could lapse if state lawmakers don’t approve an extension or revision.

May 25, 2022 - New York Post

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