rent control


Definition of rent control

: government regulation of the amount charged as rent for housing and often also of eviction

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Other Words from rent control

rent-controlled \ ˈrent-​kən-​ˈtrōld How to pronounce rent-controlled (audio) \ adjective

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Despite the passage of AB 1482, the debate over rent control is unlikely to end in California. Los Angeles Times, "California tenants will see cap on rent increases under bill sent to Newsom," 11 Sep. 2019 In 2017, bills on rent control and the national popular vote passed the House only to die in the Senate, where Courtney declined to bring them up for floor votes. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Peter Courtney is Oregon’s longest serving lawmaker. Some say his time is up. Are Democrats really ready to push him out?," 20 July 2019 Nearly 60% opposed Proposition 10, which would have repealed the state’s current limitations on rent control. Liam Dillon,, "Rent control could be back on the California ballot in 2020," 25 June 2019 For a quarter-century, California law has sharply curbed the ability of localities to impose rent control. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "California Approves Statewide Rent Control to Ease Housing Crisis," 11 Sep. 2019 Then there’s rent control, a controversial and, according to numerous studies, potent weapon against skyrocketing costs. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 Buoyed by a 2018 election that returned Brown to office and enlarged their majorities in the Legislature, Democrats passed statewide rent control, taxes to support education and health care and driver’s licenses for unauthorized immigrants. The Bend Bulletin,, "Some Oregon Republicans are having regrets about effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown," 25 July 2019 Voters may also decide whether to ease the state’s restriction on local rent control and whether to impose a five-year limit on alimony payments. Bob Egelko,, "California’s high court walks high wire on initiatives, 2 ex-justices say," 23 June 2019 The German capital thus joins a growing club of European cities implementing rent controls. The Economist, "Europe embraces rent controls, a policy that never works," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of rent control

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rent control was in 1916

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English Language Learners Definition of rent control

chiefly US : a system in which the government determines how much rent can be charged for an apartment, house, etc.

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Legal Definition of rent control

: government regulation of the amount charged as rent for housing and often also of eviction

Other Words from rent control

rent-controlled adjective

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