The question of rent control centers around the broader issue of affordable housing.. The rates for housing have increased faster than wages have grown in the same time period. This is particularly true in major markets we’re we have seen dramatic increases and real estate prices. Governments cannot force investors to make investments that lose money. When rent controls are in place, existing buildings experience deferred maintenance and new rental stock doesn’t get built. The economics don’t support new investment. Rent control is a well intentioned, but misguided solution to the the affordability problem by treating the symptom and not the root cause. Listen for some new ideas.