Report Good news and bad news -Landlords face new costs in House prices and the economy Posted Thursday at 12:09 PM · Edited Thursday at 12:18 PM by byron78 2 hours ago, Locke said: Look at places which have rent controls. They are atrocious places to rent. There are numerous mechanisms: No incentive for the landlord to repair the property to attract better tenants Landlords will raise the rent as much as they can whenever they can Shittier landlords with shittier properties become the norm Buildings get subdivided 2009-01-jenkins-reach_concl.pdf 401.64 kB · 2 downloads I mean, that is almost every converted flat I've seen this past 20 years! Those issues are ones any renter will likely recognise. As fun as the paper you've linked to (by a lady who teaches private math lessons) is: 1) It's American (and our planning laws and housing markets are very different). 2) A lot us remember rent controls. I lived half my life in the UK with them in place. I think her argument holds if there is no state building of affordable homes, but it certainly wasn't the case in the UK when that was occuring. Slum landlords definitely existed, but largely on the fringes of society. I suspect the system we have now is absolutely full of rogue landlords tbh. Should we blame the lack of rent controls for that, or are you at least able to see the opposite position to yours is ridiculous?