Rent Control and Other Housing Regulations

Joseph Smooke | 05/07/2018
California renters rally for rent control
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Cities and countries have made various attempts to regulate the housing market in order to ensure stability and affordability. Some have been more effective than others and as the housing market evolves, the strategies for regulation keep evolving as well.

 

Scotland

Rent Control and housing regulations

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/privaterent/government/Tenancy-Review

 

France

    Rent Control

http://www.france24.com/en/20150801-rent-control-law-paris-france-effect-regulations

 

Paris, France

 

Right of First Refusal and budget allocations to affordable housing

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2016/05/paris-declares-war-on-ghettoes-for-the-rich/483072/

 

Tax on second homes

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/01/paris-france-property-taxes-vacation-homes/514496/

 

New Zealand 

Ban on Foreign Ownership

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/new-zealand-bans-foreigners-buying-homes-1.4785782?cmp=rss

 

Barcelona, Spain

Efforts to establish rent control similar to Paris and Berlin

http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/alcaldessa/en/noticia/colau-demands-greater-investment-and-regulation-of-housing-from-the-ministry-of-public-works

 

Berlin, Germany

Rent Control and "Right of Preemption" or "Right of First Refusal"

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/08/berlin-rent-control-neighborhood-protection/536325/

 

    Rent Control

https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2012/09/berlins-invisible-gentrifiers/3144/

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/01/rent-cap-legislation-in-force-berlin-germany

 

Restrictions on Short Term Rentals

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2016/12/berlin-has-the-worlds-toughest-anti-airbnb-laws-are-they-working/509024/

 

Ontario, Canada

Rent Control

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rent-byebye-1991-loophole-1.4077446