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 \ adjective

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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 The debate has thrust company executives into the center of heated local government issues, from homeless services and rent control to urban planning. Nour Malas, WSJ, "Cupertino City Council Balks at New Tax After Apple Objects," 1 Aug. 2018 Various other measures addressing rent control and tenants rights are popping up on ballots coast to coast, positioning affordable housing as a key issue in the 2018 and 2020 elections. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Can a federal tax credit help rent-burdened Americans?," 20 July 2018 Several ballot measures in California, including one that would allow cities and counties to expand rent control, offer more evidence of renters growing as a political force, Mr. Salviati said. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Renters Could Be an Emerging Swing Vote This Election," 5 Nov. 2018 Nixon has identified herself as a Democratic socialist and called for universal health care, universal rent control, ending cash bail, legalizing marijuana, abolishing ICE, and ending economic inequality. Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About New York's Primary Election on Thursday," 10 Sep. 2018 The big fight in California this year over tenant issues will be in November, when voters are likely to weigh in on an initiative that would expand rent control across the state. Seema Mehta,, "Gavin Newsom ruminates on the legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown, the man he is running to replace," 30 May 2018 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

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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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