The fashionable trend to smaller units

We at SPOA have been aware for many years of “naturally affordable” smaller units, lumped together as “accessory dwelling units.” Recently, the idea of “micro-units” has gained attention. They are very small, compact units, cheaper but relatively costly as new … Read More “The fashionable trend to smaller units”

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SPOA Proposal: Create smaller-sized, lower-rent units rapidly in existing rental housing

We are over-housed   

Housing advocates often call for more family-sized units with two or three bedrooms – a wrong-headed idea. Today’s households are much smaller than they used to be, and they often live in large units built originally … Read More “SPOA Proposal: Create smaller-sized, lower-rent units rapidly in existing rental housing”

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Ways households can lower their rents

Move to a smaller apartment, get a roommate, get another roommate, move to a nearby cheaper neighborhood or city, have two small families share a large apartment, and – last resort – move back in with parents or relatives.

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Rent control never stays “mild,” it only gets stricter and stricter

  • “Mild” rent control is the camel’s nose in the tent. 
  • Rent control pays tenants every month to vote for pro-rent-control lawmakers and to demand lower and lower rents.
  • Rent control is not a housing policy. It is a political power
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Impacts of RENT CONTROL on types of property owners

(Based on past rent control systems in Massachusetts. Rent control can vary by city or by state. Oregon California’s recently enacted rent control covers all rental units in each state except single-family homes in some cases. Proposals for nationwide rent … Read More “Impacts of RENT CONTROL on types of property owners”

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