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.