Rent Control

If rent control comes to Washington state...

  • It would lead to 26,000 fewer units built over the next 10 years. Of these unbuilt housing units, 67% will be in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.
  • Property owners would have fewer resources to maintain their properties, causing homes to fall into disrepair.
  • Rent Control would cut investment in Washington state by $3.5 billion over 10 years. Unemployment in our skilled construction trades would rise due to a slowdown in economic activity.
  • 10,000 new apartments for families in need will not be created between now and 2030.

Proof that rent control does more harm than good, and that it hurts the people it's intended to help.

To fix Washington State’s housing crisis, more housing is the answer.

Did you know that America’s most expensive cities to live in have had rent control policies for years? When the government sets rental housing prices, the results have produced less affordable housing and soaring rents for those least able to afford it. Residents of rent-controlled cities like San Francisco and New York — cities that are still among the most expensive places to live — struggle to find affordable housing.

We need more housing that meets the needs of people of all income levels. Rent control does the opposite.

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Our government can help us stay in our current homes while investing in housing creation that meets the needs of people of all incomes.

  • Expand rental assistance for residents in need.

  • Increase and expand the Washington Housing Trust Fund.

  • Eliminate exclusionary zoning policies.