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

Examples of rent control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By capping rental prices at artificially low, below-market rates, rent control limits the supply of housing. Brad Polumbo, National Review, "California Voters Chose Basic Economics over Feel-Good Policy in ‘Rent Control’ Referendum," 9 Nov. 2020 Both rent control initiative campaigns were funded by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles nonprofit that poured more than $60 million into the losing efforts. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Why liberal California keeps saying no to rent control," 4 Nov. 2020 The 12 propositions on the state ballot provide many issues to motivate voters and influence California's direction on worker protections, crime and punishment, voter rights and rent control. USA TODAY, "California Election Results 2020: Live Updates," 4 Nov. 2020 State Republicans oppose that measure along with others, notably Proposition 16, which would repeal the state’s ban on affirmative action in public agencies, and Proposition 21, which would expand local government authority to enact rent control. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Elephant in the room: California GOP needs a Trump loss to move forward," 28 Oct. 2020 Proposition 21, which would have allowed for the expansion of rent control statewide, was rejected. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California Week in Review: A week of waiting," 7 Nov. 2020 As of this writing, Joe Biden is on track to beat Donald Trump in California at least two-to-one, but the same electorate came down on conservatives’ side on issues ranging from rent control to racial preferences. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Good News for Conservatives from . . . California?," 4 Nov. 2020 Proposition 21 would have brought more apartments and even some single-family homes over 15 years old under rent control. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, "Ballot measures: Californians voted against bringing back affirmative action, for independent contractors," 4 Nov. 2020 Three major progressive ballot initiatives in California related to affirmative action, rent control, and gig economy contractors failed to pass or were on course to fall short as of Wednesday morning. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Major liberal ballot measures fail in California," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of rent control

1916, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2020

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“Rent control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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