Rent control isn’t the answer to our housing crisis

by The Orange County Register Editorial Board

"Policies like rent control, at best, provide short-term, superficial relief to those fortunate enough to be covered by rent control policies. But in the long-run, rent control policies can lead to a reduction in the supply of rent controlled units, higher rents for people in non-rent controlled units and a lower quality housing supply."

"Rent control has been well-studied across the country, and the reality is while rent control might bring relief to people who live in rent controlled units, rent control policies also have a tendency to undercut housing production and in time lead to fewer rental properties overall."