Rent Regulations

Issues include rent control, maintenance, repairs, licensing, etc.

Why And How To Change Eviction Law In British Columbia, Canada

The phrase 'everyone needs a home' rings true as the snow flies outside this writer's window. Everyone Needs A Home is also a fitting title for First United's report...

“Just Let Us Build More” — Homelessness Solved! Er . . . Apparently Not

We admit to the attraction of leftie arguments that seldom hold sway in Parliament, but at least reflect exasperation with modern neoliberal non-solutions stalled-out around just about every government...

Tenants’ Opportunity To Purchase In Washington D.C. Goes Under The Microscope

The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) in Washington D.C. has been in place for more than 40 years. Until now no one has evaluated TOPA against its objectives....

World Hunt For Effective Affordable Housing Strategies, Canada Edition

NIMBY? YIMBY? Affordablehousingaction.org is based in Canada. We have taken the attitude that, where it comes to affordable housing, it is possible to learn from what's going on in...

Economists Speak Out In Support Of Rent Controls In The United States

A group of economists have signed on to a letter in support of rent controls in the United States. The letter, which has 30 signatures, responds to a call from...

Can Social Housing Pets Piggyback On New Renter Rights In England ? Alas, Not Yet

Private sector landlords in England will likely soon be forced to abandon their right to kick out tenants for any reason or, no reason at all. That's hugely important...

Up Against The Wiles of Free Enterprise: Who Suffers? The Vulnerable, Along With Everybody Else

Neoliberal politicans took the trouble to convince their constituents that governments (all good politicians, bureaucrats and assorted fellow-travellers) were utterly hopeless at just about anything. But the private sector,...

Spain’s Right To Housing Law: Freedom From Housing Price Extortion. Or. . .Not!

Spain has just passed a Right to Housing law. The law allows rent controls in any and all housing markets that are deemed by local governments to be 'stressed.' This...

1 Magic Bullet To Create Affordable Housing? Amsterdam Looks To Many

Like so many cities around the world, Amsterdam has been gambling on shelter as a means to generating wealth for all. And like many other communities, it is discovering...

Corporate Landlords And The Fight To Protect Tenants

ShelterforceShelterforce is a U.S. based non-profit dedicated to community development, affordable housing, and neighbourhood stabilization. recently convened a discussion about corporate investment in rental housing and tenant protections in...

Spanish Economic Dancers To Take A Whirl At Universal Basic Income

The Spanish region of Catalonia will soon be taking a kick at the Universal Basic Income (UBI) can. UBI is invariably of interest to idealists, not to mention individuals...

UK Cost Of Living No Longer A Brake On Rising Social Housing Rents

For some years now, there has been an informal world-wide agreement that 30% of family income is a reasonable upper limit for 'truly affordable' rent. Above this, an individual...

Social Housing After A 13 Year Fizzle: Private Landlords To Blame?

Is the private housing rental market a fall guy for blame-game government failure to live up to its social responsibilities? There's seems to be an argument, based on number crunching...

Aussie Mixed Development Will Build Bare Minimum Of Social Housing

Is it time to abandon the neoliberal religion? The coming of its messiahs were prophesied some 40 or so years ago. These saviours of society would be the financier-angels,...

Why Do I Have An Eviction Notice? I’ve Been Paying My Rent…

Do you rent? Suppose you found an eviction notice in your mail. Reason: failure to pay your rent. But that can't be! You've paid it faithfully for . . ....

Death By Zombie Evictee: Miami Landlord Proxy Nightmares

Current Miami-Dade local politics feature some efforts to at least consider changes to the legalities of landlord-tenant relationships in an era when rents are increasing far faster than wages. City...

Rent Control Unpacked

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence has just published a report about rent control. The report reviews evidence published in academic journals and grey literatureFor a good discussion...

Rent Controls: Tenants Love’em, Landlords Hate’em, Govt’s Struggle With Compromise

Lots of talk worldwide about affordable housing crises. Is there any action, though? Most governments are building little or no affordable housing, and of that much may be affordable in...

Is There An Affordable Housing Future In Collective Action?

Collective Action? Isn't that what government does to favour tenants when it imposes rent controls upon landlords? Unfortunately, no. Rent controls can, and do, cut both ways — in favour...

Germany’s Supreme Court Overturns Berlin Rent Cap

There are important ideas that have a wide theoretical application to housing, but practical examples can be few and far between. Any single new step forward may be worthy...

London, Ontario Looks To Expand Its Residential Licensing Program

London, Ontario currently licenses student accommodation and smaller private rental buildings. The City's Council recently debated whether to expand its licensing system to include rental apartments and townhouses. The...

Rent Control Studies Under Scrutiny

Ken Gibb and Alex Marsh are investigating the academic literature about rent controls. It seems there hasn't been a comprehensive review for 20 years. The final report will be...

KiwiBuild Didn’t Solve The Housing Crisis. Let’s Hope For More From KiwiRent

New Zealand has taken steps to ease a housing crisis it shares with many nations, all of whom are suffering from the financialization of housing — speculative buying and...

Affordable For All: The Challenge For New U.S. Housing Secretary

Recently, we posted a storyTry: Biden-Harris: Timely Dawn Of A New Day For Public Housing? Unlikely that assessed the chances that Public Housing would see a revival in America...

Be Best: Montréal Goes Toe To Toe With Housing Speculator Bullies

In an era of declining work security (never mind the pandemic!) it's not surprising that those worried about their late life income might consider "mom and pop shop" investment...

Are Your Country’s Rents Ever-Increasing? Berlin Stops That Dead

Free market democracies offer little natural protection to their citizens when it comes to the "inalienable right" of gamblers to speculate for profit in life's essentials, such as food...

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

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?

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?

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...

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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!

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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...

High Income Earners Add To Affordable Housing Rental Woes

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

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

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

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?

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!

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

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...

Rent Controls Work. Removing Them Devastated California Affordable Housing

'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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