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Report  |  March 2023

Examining the Unintended Consequences of Rent Control Policies in Cities Across America

By Mary Donovan and Nam Pham, Ph.D.

From December 2022 to February 2023, ndp analytics conducted interviews with housing providers and developers from three different markets impacted by rent control policies and proposals: St. Paul, Minn; Santa Ana/Santa Barbara; Calif; and Portland/Eugene, Ore. The interviewees ranged from large firms operating thousands of units and having properties across the country to small mom-and-pop businesses with a handful of units. The findings show that rent control polcies discourage investment and decrease the housing supply.