Steep rent increases during the pandemic recovery have spurred support for rent control legislation in several areas of the country, according to a report by Wealth Management.
In the recent midterm elections, voters created new rent controls and toughened existing rules from California to Florida to Maine. Three cities in California—Pasadena, Richmond, and Santa Monica—already had rent control provisions on the books but passed tougher rent control measures.
BALLOT MEASURES GO AROUND RENT CONTROL PROHIBITIONS
In most of the country, rent control laws are prevented by state law, but ballot measures approved by voters can circumvent those restrictions. Support for rent control has recently surfaced in areas where support has not been strong, according to National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) official. Minnesota and Michigan are among the states where support for rent control is growing.
NMHC argues that rent control won’t counteract the macro forces pushing rents higher that create a mismatch of supply and demand. But as the housing shortage continues to worsen, tenant advocates will push for more immediate relief.
Multifamily Housing | May 30, 2023
Boston’s new stretch code requires new multifamily structures to meet Passive House building requirements
Phius certifications are expected to become more common as states and cities boost green building standards. The City of Boston recently adopted Massachusetts’s so-called opt-in building code, a set of sustainability standards that goes beyond the standard state code.
Multifamily Housing | May 23, 2023
One out of three office buildings in largest U.S. cities are suitable for residential conversion
Roughly one in three office buildings in the largest U.S. cities are well suited to be converted to multifamily residential properties, according to a study by global real estate firm Avison Young. Some 6,206 buildings across 10 U.S. cities present viable opportunities for conversion to residential use.
Multifamily Housing | May 19, 2023
Biden administration beefs up energy efficiency standards on new federally funded housing
The Biden Administration recently moved to require more stringent energy efficiency standards on federally funded housing projects. Developers building homes with taxpayer funds will have to construct to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2021 for low-density housing and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers ASHRAE 90.1 for multi-family projects.
Sponsored | Multifamily Housing | May 19, 2023
Shear Wall Selection for Wood-Framed Buildings
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Sponsored | Multifamily Housing | May 17, 2023
The Key To Multifamily Access Control — Consistent Resident Experiences
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Affordable Housing | May 17, 2023
Affordable housing advocates push for community-owned homes over investment properties
Panelists participating in a recent webinar hosted by the Urban Institute discussed various actions that could help alleviate the nation’s affordable housing crisis. Among the possible remedies: inclusionary zoning policies, various reforms to increase local affordable housing stock, and fees on new development to offset the impact on public infrastructure.
Multifamily Housing | May 16, 2023
Legislators aim to make office-to-housing conversions easier
Lawmakers around the country are looking for ways to spur conversions of office space to residential use.cSuch projects come with challenges such as inadequate plumbing, not enough exterior-facing windows, and footprints that don’t easily lend themselves to residential use. These conditions raise the cost for developers.
Multifamily Housing | May 12, 2023
An industrial ‘eyesore’ is getting new life as an apartment complex
The project, in Metuchen, N.J., includes significant improvements to a nearby wildlife preserve.
Senior Living Design | May 8, 2023
Seattle senior living community aims to be world’s first to achieve Living Building Challenge designation
Aegis Living Lake Union in Seattle is the world’s first assisted living community designed to meet the rigorous Living Building Challenge certification. Completed in 2022, the Ankrom Moisan-designed, 70,000 sf-building is fully electrified. All commercial dryers, domestic hot water, and kitchen equipment are powered by electricity in lieu of gas, which reduces the facility’s carbon footprint.