Seattle Real Estate Podcast

#858 - St. Paul Rent-Control Initiative Backfires, Unleashes ‘Chaos’ in Housing Market

November 29, 2021 Sean Reynolds
Seattle Real Estate Podcast
#858 - St. Paul Rent-Control Initiative Backfires, Unleashes ‘Chaos’ in Housing Market
Show Notes

Democratic leaders in Minnesota’s capital city are scrambling for solutions after developers put several large projects on hold across St. Paul in the wake of last week’s election, when residents approved what may be the strictest rent-control policy in the country.

The rent-control ballot initiative in St. Paul was overshadowed nationally by an effort in neighboring Minneapolis to disband that city’s police force. But while the Minneapolis police initiative went down in flames, left-wing activists on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River succeeded in their effort to cap rent increases at 3 percent annually, including on new construction, a step most communities that have imposed rent-control policies have specifically avoided out of concern that it would discourage future investments.

The St. Paul initiative passed last week with 53 percent support.

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/st-paul-rent-control-initiative-backfires-unleashes-chaos-in-housing-market/

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