Definition of rent control in US English:

rent control


  • Government control and regulation of the amounts charged for rented housing.

    • ‘Until last year, Laura managed to pay for the apartment, which rent control helped keep at $436 a month.’
    • ‘They scrapped rent control and ended publicly-funded housing, creating a crisis in this region due to a lack of affordable housing.’
    • ‘So far, both sides are claiming victory in the first battle of what is perhaps the most expensive and hotly contested political war since rent control became the law in this oceanfront liberal bastion two decades ago.’
    • ‘With rent control, he now pays about $1,900, although similar units are now going for upwards of $4,000.’
    • ‘Her earlier work includes articles on rent control in Chicago in the World War II era and an analysis of non-profit housing development in Boston from the 1960s through the 1980s.’
    • ‘It is easy to understand why those participants would be interested in pursuing other contractual formats to allow them to exploit the gains from trade that rent control otherwise would prevent them from exploiting.’
    • ‘Yet rent control discourages private investment in low-cost housing, hardly a boon to the poor.’
    • ‘And as with many social forces in Santa Monica, the roots of this debate can be traced to rent control.’
    • ‘Think New York with stupider money and no rent control.’
    • ‘Even in Thatcherite Britain there was some rent control.’
    • ‘With rent control illegal for commercial and office spaces, non-residential landlords are free to raise rents to market value or above.’
    • ‘This creates some perverse effects, similar to those of rent control.’
    • ‘One form of intervention concerns the debate over government regulation of the private market via rent control, zoning, building codes, and the Community Reinvestment Act.’
    • ‘They argue that displacement after rent control was not severe, and that the market is successfully adjusting.’
    • ‘For instance, the restriction of supply that rent control causes makes standard forms of family living more costly.’
    • ‘Systems of price and rent control similarly go by the boards, as does the full range of tariffs, anti-dumping laws, and other impediments to international trade.’
    • ‘It is noteworthy that there are no slums in Kathmandu, Nepal, although the per capita income there is much lower than in Delhi, simply because there is no rent control and landlords have an incentive to invest in housing.’
    • ‘No government of any party found it politically possible to remove rent control until the Housing Acts of 1980 and 1988.’
    • ‘Yes, rent control does change allocative outcomes within a society, and does so in a wide variety of ways along an indefinitely large number of margins.’
    • ‘Sure, there's rent control, but there are ways around it.’