Renter Nation® is troubled by a trend taking place in cities and towns across the United States to limit the number of renters in a community.
Madison, Mississippi, for example, passed a law banning all rentals. West St. Paul, Minnesota has imposed a 10% cap on the number of rentals. Mankato, Minnesota has also imposed a local rental restriction ordinance.
Proponents of rental restrictions say, essentially, that the presence of renters in a community brings down property values. They make these claims without presenting credible supporting evidence. Furthermore, these conclusions are made despite a 2005 study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which found that mixed income rental communities in single-family neighborhoods do not affect surrounding home values.
Renter Nation® believes that restrictions on the number of rentals are blatantly discriminatory. No one would ever think of substituting the words “Blacks” or “Hispanics” for “renters” in their local ordinances. Attempts to limit the number of renters are just as ugly as open discrimination based on age, sex, color or national origin.
Followers and advocates of Renter Nation® are encouraged to contact us if they become aware of rental limitation efforts in their towns and cities.