Rent Control often compounds the problems it was meant to solve

Rent control policies often compound the problems they're designed to solve. Inhibition of new construction and deterioration of existing housing are the one-two punch that undermines any potential benefits from rent control.

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING EXPERTS AND ADVOCATES UNITE IN FORMAL OPPOSITION TO PORTLAND QUESTION 1

A diverse group of affordable housing professionals and non-profit organizations announced opposition today to Portland’s Question 1 Referendum.  City and State housing experts and advocates agree the proposed Rent Control ordinance will do more harm than good to current and future affordable housing options in Portland.

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Rent control's unintended consequences

Wherever rent regulation has been adopted, a pattern of destructive consequences has emerged. From decreased tax revenues to misaligned benefit distribution, unintended consequences from the effects of rent control have been observed in every market.

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Watch our latest ad

Portland's affordable housing advocates are joining voters from all walks of life to oppose Question 1. Click to watch our latest ad.

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Rent Control hits lower-income households hardest

Question 1 will hurt low-income households more than it will help. That's why Portland's affordable housing advocates -- like Avesta Housing and Community Housing of Maine -- are standing up against Question 1. Rent control has had a disproportionately negative impact on low-income earners in other cities that have tried it.

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Press Herald endorses NO on 1

The Portland Press Herald today editorialized against Question 1: Portland needs to address its affordable-housing crisis with policies that would encourage new construction and help renters who are priced out of the market.

If such a policy were on the ballot this year, we would support it, but unfortunately, that is not the case.

We urge Portland voters to say “no” to Question 1 on the city ballot.

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Question 1 could cost Portland millions

Question 1 will create a new,massive bureaucracy for Portland City Government. Overseeing rents and eviction disputes for 18,000 units is a monumental task, and one that's cost cities like Berkeley and Cambridge millions of taxpayer dollars.

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Opponents of rent control measure rally in Portland

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Coming up on election day, Portland voters will decide an issue concerning rent control.

Those opposed to the measure rallied Thursday in Portland when the group Say No to Rent Control came together in Lincoln Park.

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WATCH: Our latest web ad

Affordable Housing advocates like Jonathan Culley are standing up against Question 1 because it will make Portland's affordable housing challenges worse. Watch our latest web ad:

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Question 1 can't be changed for five years

If it passes, Question 1 can't be changed by City Council for five years - by law. Proponents of Question 1 are calling it a "temporary measure" - five years is anything but temporary, especially considering the damage it can do. So just how long is five years?

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