Statewide Thu July 16: Rent Control: Theory, History, and Talking Points for Massachusetts

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Rent control is law in Oregon, expanded in New York, and recommended favorably by the Joint Committee on Housing here in Massachusetts. But we tried it in Massachusetts before, and it failed. So why are we still talking about it?

This presentation will review in-depth the three generations of rent control, the history of second generation rent control in Massachusetts, and second and third generation proposals now awaiting floor discussion and further readings. We will review specific bill text. We will examine the reasons advocates want rent control, and the reasons landlords oppose it.

Attendees will leave with an in-depth understanding of why rent control is exactly the wrong direction we should go.

a window at 326 shawmut ave circa 1990
During Rent Control: A window at 326 Shawmut Ave, Boston circa 1990 to 1993
a window near 326 shawmut ave representative of the modern-day 326 shawmut ave window
Shawmut Ave today is in good repair (Google Street View, 2018)

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Thursday, July 16th

Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 4:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 4:30pm Rent Control Presentation and Discussion
  • 5:30pm Virtual meeting ends

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