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Housing Solutions That Work

A growing number of working Americans are struggling to find housing they can afford. It is a clear strain on families.

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We must address the tremendous shortage of homes and remove barriers to adding more supply.

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Local governments must take the lead and find creative, public-private partnership opportunities to bring the price point down and create more affordable housing.

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We must then use targeted subsidies to help the families that are in the most need right now.

A growing number of working Americans are struggling to find housing they can afford. It is a clear strain on families.

What is Rent Control?

Rent control (also known as rent stabilization and/or rent caps) is a form of government-enforced price control that limits rents that property owners may charge in market rate rental housing. While the intent of rent control laws is to assist lower-income populations, history has shown that rent control exacerbates shortages, disproportionally benefits higher-income households and ultimately drives up rents.

More Harm than Good

Most of the nation’s existing rent control laws were first instituted in the post-WWII economy, when America struggled to find enough housing for returning soldiers. Today, rent control is often mistakenly perceived as a method to improve affordability in the face of stagnant household incomes.

While rent control policies are often well intentioned, numerous studies demonstrate that such rules and regulations create unintended consequences that harm residents, property owners/managers, and the greater community.

Rent control policies reduce home values by as much as 10% and drive up rents.
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Rent Control Failed San Francisco

A Stanford Graduate School of Business study released in 2018 tracked the effects of rent control in San Francisco since the city's expansion of regulation in 1994. The study found that rent control reduced the supply of housing in the city by 6% and was responsible for more than a 5% increase in rental prices. Additionally, rent control incentivized the conversion of apartments into condos, further decreasing supply and raising rents.

The United States needs a wider range of housing options.

The United States needs a wider range of housing options.

From apartments and duplexes, to single-family homes and townhouses, we need more housing choices for everyone. Americans are searching for solutions to the housing affordability crisis that are innovative, proactive solutions, not antiquated policies like rent control that are universally known to be ineffective and harmful.

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