I wanted to write this regarding the recent discussions and proposals surrounding rent control in Minneapolis. As an Mpls landlord, I believe it is crucial to share our thoughts and concerns about the potential negative effects of implementing strict rent control measures within the city.

First, let me acknowledge the importance of ensuring fair and affordable housing for all residents. We understand the need to address the rising cost of living and the challenges faced by renters in our community. However, it is vital to consider the potential drawbacks and unintended consequences of rent control policies before making any hasty decisions. 

One of the primary concerns I have with rent control is the negative impact it can have on the supply and quality of rental properties. By imposing limits on annual rent increases, the incentive for landlords to invest in property maintenance and improvements diminishes significantly. Without the ability to adjust rental prices to cover increasing costs, such as property taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses, landlords may struggle to provide the same level of quality housing. Over time, this could lead to a decline in the overall condition of ren tal units, affecting the living standards of tenants.

Moreover, strict rent control measures can deter new investment in the rental market. Potential landlords may be discouraged from entering the market due to limited profit margins. As a result, the supply of available rental units may decrease, exacerbating the already existing shortage of affordable housing. This can lead to increased competition among renters, potentially driving up prices in uncontrolled segments of the rental market. Thus, the intended goal of providing affordable housing for all may not be effectively achieved.  Mayor Frey's (who I support) primary stance is "I'm not for rent control" as he mentioned, the overall policy just doesn't work; look at what St. Paul did. 

Another aspect to consider is the potential impact on property owners who rely on rental income as their primary source of revenue. Many owners in the Minneapolis area may face difficult choices if rent control is implemented. Some may be forced to sell their properties due to reduced profitability, while others may struggle to maintain their investments. The resulting decrease in the number of available rental units may further exacerbate the housing crisis and limit housing options for residents.

In my opinion, a more balanced approach would be to explore alternative solutions that address the root causes of rising housing costs. This could involve initiatives to encourage the construction of new affordable housing units, promoting sustainable development practices, and implementing programs that provide financial assistance to low-income renters, which I believe we have many today. By focusing on these long-term strategies, we can ensure a more sustainable and equitable housing market for all stakeholders involved.

As a property management professional, I am committed to assisting you and your investment endeavors. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the potential impacts of rent control or any other property-related matters, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here to provide guidance and support to help you navigate through these uncertain times.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Your trust and partnership mean a great deal to us at DRG, and we remain dedicated to serving your best interests. If you are looking to see what is new on the market today for multi-family properties, click here:  https://www.drgmpls.com/multi-family.php 


Joe Grunnet - DRG Mpls

Broker and Owner

612.244.6613 / Joe@DRGMpls.com 

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I am against rent control. My property- my rules. The property owner should be able to make financial decisions on its own.

Posted by angela groshkova on Saturday, May 27th, 2023 at 3:26pm

I anderstand the all situation, but at the same time, I am against the rent control. Especially, now Landlord is struggling with costs. Such as, high interest rates, insurance, property taxes, electric bill, manintance, etc....with all well known challenges. I should able to make my own financial decisions.

Posted by Dereje Abegaz on Monday, May 29th, 2023 at 7:28am

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