Rent Controls Have No Place in a Free Society
By David Holcberg (New York Sun, December 7, 2007; Calgary Herald, February 20, 2008; Los Angeles Daily News, March 17, 2008; New York Daily News, April 4, 2008)
Property owners have a moral right--and should have the legal right--to set the price for the rent of their property without interference by the state.
The role of the state should be to protect the rights of landlords to reach voluntary agreements with tenants for mutual benefit. The government has no business determining what a "fair" rent is and forcing it on property owners. Rent controls have no place in a free society that respects individual rights.