Rent Control Archive

Boston City Council defeats Rent Control

8-to-5 vote is thanks to SPOA   Tenants chanted in protest after the vote Thanks to thousands of calls, emails and letters from small property owners, on December 8, 2004, the Boston City Council voted 8 to 5 against a proposed rent control petition sponsored by five City Councilors on behalf of the Boston Tenants Coalition and about [&hellip

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Rent control defeat shows skeletal tenant movement

Historic Cambridge Vote   61% say “NO” Now they had their chance. The 1994 statewide repeal of rent control was, they always said, outsiders forcing Cambridge to give up what a majority in Cambridge wanted. Now Cambridge citizens could at least say they wanted rent control in a popular referendum. But this past November, citizens [&hellip

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Bolognas “win” bankruptcy

Persisting horror of rent control The Bolognas finally won! You mean, they didn’t go bankrupt? No. They did go bankrupt. Believe it or not, that’s what Vinnie and Laura Bologna wanted. They are the owners of a lovely Victoriai home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and they are the No. 1 Worst Victims of Cambridge’s now-historic rent [&hellip

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Rent control repeal fizzles in New York

After months of speculation that New York would phase out rent control, the state’s legislature passed an eleventh hour compromise this past June that kept rent regulation in New York City, giving owners a few concessions. An existing provision called “luxury decontrol” was expanded slightly, inheritance of rent-controlled apartments among family members was restricted somewhat, [&hellip

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Small property owners in California

By Skip and Lenore Schloming In rent-controlled Santa Monica, California, a landlord was recently required to pay a tenant $250 for the cost of therapy the tenant claimed he needed for the “trauma” of having to move out of his rent-controlled apartment. That was only part of the tenant’s settlement to move out. That’s just [&hellip

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