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11/08/2019

Could Rent Control Return to Boston?

NEXT CITY |JARED BREY| NOVEMBER 5, 2019

When Massachusetts banned rent control in 1994, via a statewide ballot referendum, only three cities — Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline — had some form of the policy on the books. But some housing advocates and tenant organizers in those cities and around the Boston area have never let go of the demand to have rent control restored. And now they’re hoping that a runaway local housing market and a growing national tenant movement has built enough support to help them overturn the ban.

In the spring, two state representatives introduced a bill intended “to provide municipalities with a variety of flexible options to help address the housing emergency in a locally appropriate manner.”...click here to read more.

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