Is rent control the solution to help people find proper housing? Is it necessary for the government to step in and control how much owners can charge their renters? Sweden was reported to have suffered from a housing shortage, and according to a new report issued by the National Housing Board, it is due to rental control. While rental control was believed to be the solution to giving everyone affordable housing, it seems to have resulted in there being housing shortages instead, making it more difficult for people to find housing. The National Housing Board stated that “the rent control system means that not enough new rental apartments are being built.”  Not only that, but we are even finding housing shortages in the United States such as the state of California. I would argue that rent control is what causes housing shortages and that it produces the opposite results of its intended purpose to create more housing.

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