Oct 21, 2021 - Politics
Where Minneapolis' mayoral candidates stand on rent control
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Minneapolis voters will be asked on their ballots to give City Council the power to create a policy that would limit how much landlords can raise rent on their tenants.

What they're saying: Candidates Sheila Nezhad, Kate Knuth and A.J. Awed all said they support rent control.

  • Nezhad and Awed endorsed Minneapolis United for Rent Control's proposal to tie annual rent increases to inflation or the consumer price index.
  • Knuth supports rent control but didn't specify what type of cap she would back. She wants to make sure it doesn't limit new housing development or hit small landlords.

Mayor Jacob Frey generally opposes rent control, though he supports the ballot question and left the door open to supporting an anti-gouging measure.

  • "Economists from the far left to the far right have near universally said that (rent control) is counterproductive — it does not work," Frey said.
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