rent control

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rent control,

in economics and law, government regulation of rent to prevent unreasonable or excessive increases. In the United States, the federal government imposed rent control (and other price controls) during World War II, and continued it in several cities after the war because of housing shortages. It was later turned over to the control of individual states and municipalities and has since ended in most locations.
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In other words the overnight increase in the rent ceilings benefited the landlords leaving the employees no more better off than before.
The government also decided to put in place price and rent ceilings as a measure to control the increasing prices and rents.
While rent ceilings for tenants of a housing unit would stay in place until they moved, the initiative jeopardizes restrictions against evictions, critics say.
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Although continued rent controls imposed a brake on the rate of increase in shelter costs, periodic relaxation of rent ceilings clearly intensified rent burdens.
Capped rent ceilings coupled with stratified new resident admission preference will protect all segments of the low income spectrum and will give public housing the income its needs to reach its financial goals.