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Issues related to the control of housing stock in order to make rental housing more affordable

Rent Regulation: The Clash Of Housing As Investment vs. Housing As Shelter

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Changes to renting regulations are becoming a hot topic in nations where the rental housing is growing scarce. Landlords without curbs on their free market 'right to profit' are...

Rent Controls — Panacea Or Pariah?

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Some governments are introducing rent controls as a response to the housing crisis. This is a hotly contested measure. Landlords and developers say rent controls discourage adding stock to...

Myth-Busting: What Makes You Think Tiny Homes Will Be Affordable?

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North America is a land of large housing lots. Not surprising therefore that their potential for doubling density causes affordable housing activists to pump their fists in the air...

Can Renters Survive Without Commodified Housing? Berlin Aims To Find Out

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The vast majority, 85%, of Berlin's citizens are renters. These days, rising rents are squeezing the life out of them. So Berlin is looking to impose a rent freeze...

Affordable Housing: A Rose-Coloured Glasses Moment To Wrap Up 2019

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It's a world in which a great many nations pay lip service to the human right to adequate shelter. There are some, including the United States, that don't acknowledge...

California Rent Control: No Panacea For A Housing Crisis But Some Positives

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Characteristic of proposed regional rent control laws are fevered arguments from opposite sides of a debate on their value. Activists, apparently with their hearts and minds closer to the...

Faceless Behind A Mask: A Nation’s Landlords Dodge Responsibility

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The Mask? A U.S. legal entity called a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) is becoming a favourite tool of slum landlords. LLC laws prevents the owners from being sued over...

A Growing Price To Pay for Trendy, Quirky Waterborne Housing

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A short time ago we explored with tongue in cheek a phenomena that supposedly originated in Thailand called 'seasteading'. It's hard to tell whether 'seasteading' — the idea of...

Critics Slam All Affordable Housing Solutions. Time For Critics-Be-Damned Experiments?

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This article does not reflect upon many interesting facets of London's newly proposed rent controls for the UK's largest city. Instead, we'd like to comment on the meat of a...

Shelter For All: Most Governments Cower. India Tackles It Head On

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Following the landslide re-election for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, how is his hugely ambitious 'Housing For All By 2022' plan coming along? Not a slam dunk yet, but it...

NYC Rent Wars: Landlords Right & Duty . . . Big Profit. Tenants . . . Help!

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There would seem to be a growing consensus worldwide that housing renters need at least some kind of protection from free-market land and housing speculation. But how? Within capitalist societies...

Revisiting The City Of Boulder’s Co-op Housing Ordinance

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Two years ago, after a two year process, the City of Boulder approved by a vote of 7-2 an ordinance to allow housing co-operatives as dwelling units. Opponents felt...

Scams Can Make Swiss Cheese Out Of Affordable Rent Protections

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The affordable housing crisis is creating a new class of perpetual middle-income home ownership hopefuls. They'd love to own a home, but year after year, the possibility of doing...

Why Can’t California Super-Government Pass Affordable Housing Crisis Bills?

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In California, the Democratic Party owns veto-resistant super-majorities in both houses of congress, together with the governorship. American governments just don't get any more powerful than this! And yet, faced...

Will Democratic Control of State Government Help New York Renters?

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For many years, Republican majorities in the New York State Legislature have blocked efforts to provide better protections for the state's housing renters, particularly those  suffering from predatory landlord...

U.S. Prez Hopeful Touts Rental Assistance. Seismic Shift In American Dreaming?

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It's election promise season in America. (With U.S. political campaigning practically all year, every year, when is it not these days?) Leading up to the 2016 U.S. elections, there were...

Oregon Puts The Boots (Though Soft Velvet Ones) To Landlord Bottoms

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Needless to say, we applaud the state of Oregon, which has passed a state rent control bill, the first of its kind in America, at least in the recent...

High Income Earners Add To Affordable Housing Rental Woes

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Apartment List has just published a report documenting an explosion of higher income renters in the United States. Rental households earning more than $100,000 (US) increased by 48% from...

Rent Suddenly Doubled? Under Oregon’s New Rent Controls, ‘Suddenly’ Means More Like Ten Years

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Proposition 10 was a much watched California referendum in the 2018 U.S. elections. Its purpose: to reintroduce of rent controls in a state where the affordable housing crisis is...

As Garlic Repels Vampires, ‘Essence of Non-Profit’ May Ward Off San Francisco Real Estate Speculators

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In supernatural lore, vampires would seem to be a necessary evil. Drive a stake through their hearts to get rid of them individually. Brandish garlic to keep them at...

California Votes Yes Or No On Rent Control. Ontario Went Both Ways: It’s A Useful Perspective

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The second to last time the Province of Ontario tinkered with rent control, it galloped madly off in all directions. All right, it galloped madly off in two directions,...

Why Can’t Municipal Government Stay Out Of Rental Housing Regulation?

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Municipal governments in Canada's larger cities are starting to pay attention to rental housing. A low vacancy rate is the incentive for a market rental policy in Richmond, British Columbia....

Rent Controls Are Profit Controls: Stay Away, Landlords!

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A useful, if flawed, article in Forbes  (introduced below) enumerates the disadvantages of rent controls for investors. Written for real estate investors, it is against rent controls. (Full disclosure: the...

NYC Housing Crisis: Regulators Overwhelmed As Rent Controlled Apartments Are Ground To Dust

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In a three part series, Unsheltered, the New York Times exposes the rapid and horrifying destruction of its rent controlled apartment stock. Gentrification in a red hot housing market has simply...

Could The Affordable Housing Crisis Hollow Out American Cities . . . Again?

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In America, an affordable housing juggernaut is looming, sweeping in from the west. Read about the depth of the situation and the inadequate response in ctpost: San Francisco's housing crisis is...

Rent Controls Work. Removing Them Devastated California Affordable Housing

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'Incentivized' businesses are the pet unicorns of small-government conservatives.  Fewer rules, less government and less taxes, are all incentives for free enterprise serve the public. This part of the...
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