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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rent-controlled \ˈrent-kən-ˈtrōld \ adjective

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Cox is against a potential November ballot measure to help rent control expansion. Los Angeles Times Staff,, "Where the candidates for California governor stand on the state's biggest issues," 4 June 2018 The passage of rent control in Richmond and Mountain View in 2016 represented the first time in 30 years a municipality in California had passed such a law. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rent control and tenants’ rights set to be larger political issues in 2018 elections," 11 July 2018 The initiative would repeal a 23-year-old state law, known as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, that sets tight limits on all forms of rent control across California. Bee Staff, sacbee, "Rent control hearing draws crowd," 21 June 2018 Fifteen cities across the state have some form of rent control. Liam Dillon,, "Californians will make a big decision on rent control in November," 16 June 2018 In the meantime, the only policy step that will address the severe displacement crisis in the short term is the expansion of reasonable rent control. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bid to repeal rent-control limits in California could be headed to ballot," 20 Apr. 2018 Third, city governments often promote affordable-housing schemes, such as rent control or stabilisation, in response to rising rents. The Economist, "In praise of gentrification," 21 June 2018 However, that lower figure is due in part to rent control and other arrangements that a renter new to the city wouldn't have access to, according to Curbed. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "San Francisco is expensive — and rents are the highest in the world, study says," 9 July 2018 New production and rent control can’t not exist in the same statement. Phillip Molnar,, "Could rent control be coming to San Diego?," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of rent control

1916, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rent control

: 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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