Rami Diab Marzouk
If rent controls were in place
people [would] have less
incentive to become
landlords and therefore
builders [would] have
less incentive to build. That [would]
eventually lead to a lower supply of
When Ontario got rid of [rent
control] years ago,
rents sky rocketed and
homeless shelters filled
up. Rents are outrageous in Toronto.
Anne Marie Elderkin
The rent we pay is a mortgage
rate, so why not sell
shares in the building
for long- term tenants
in good standing.
SOME PROVINCES USE price controls to limit the rent a
landlord can charge for residential properties. Supporters
say this makes rental housing more affordable while also
offering more protection against eviction and a grievance
procedure that forces landlords to deal with tenant com-
plaints. Critics argue that rent control gives landlords little
incentive to make improvements to apartments. It also
encourages rental shortages, they add, by discouraging
investors from creating new apartments in the area.
What do you think?
Is rent control
a good idea?
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© MIKA HEIT TOLA /
At least rent controls would leave
more money in my
pocket, so I can pay
for emergency repairs
There are too many capricious
people who don’t pay
their rent and then go
on vacation over the
holidays. [Landlords] still
have to maintain the buildings and
be there to do repairs.
What is needed is less municipal
government interference in the use of
homes by owners.