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Editorials • April 5, 2010

Good and Bad of Rent Control

 

Rent control.

The words might mean relief for renters, but for landlords and economists rent control isn't good for anyone in the rental market.

This week we will examine the issue of rent control.

Today (Mon) we hear about the problems from a renters perspective.

Tenants have been complaining that while their rent is increasing, they see little improvements being made to their building.

Brad Rawcliffe, who lives in a downtown Regina apartment, says his rent has shot up 180 dollars in 18 months and there's one bedroom apartments with entire families living in them.

Roberta Fehr with Equal Justice for All, who is "for" rent control, also says the Saskatchewan Party is guilty of inviting migration to our booming province without ensuring there are places for people to live.

Although landlords and tenants can't agree on rent controls, the head of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations agrees that the province can do more to ensure there are affordable places for people to live and that low income people have opportunities to better their job prospects. 

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