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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In Washington State, the legislature considered, but ultimately killed, a bill that would let cities like Seattle impose rent control. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders," 20 Mar. 2018 Governor Kate Brown signed legislation last week making Oregon the first state to enact statewide rent control. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Oregon, the Rent Control State," 3 Mar. 2019 Still, Illinois state Rep. Will Guzzardi last month reintroduced a bill to overturn the state’s ban on rent controls. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Progressive Lawmakers Take Aim at Landlords With Rent Control, Tax Proposals," 12 Feb. 2019 Landlords and developers—who argued rent control doesn’t create more affordable housing—opposed the measure. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Oregon Governor Signs First Statewide Rent Control Measure," 28 Feb. 2019 This is also a concern for various rent control initiatives, which are on the ballot in several parts of the U.S., including California. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Can a federal tax credit help rent-burdened Americans?," 20 July 2018 Rather than addressing the lack of housing supply, legislators have seized on rent control. Mark Hemingway, WSJ, "Oregon’s Progressive Politicians Want Rent Control for All," 25 Jan. 2019 Under state law, cities are banned from enacting rent control on housing built after 1995. David Hernandez,, "Rent-control measure qualifies for ballot; National City to dismiss lawsuit," 6 July 2018 With rent controls, some pay as little as ten pounds per month. The Economist, "Why Arab states have lots of expensive villas," 14 June 2018

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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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