Tenancy unions, maximum annual increases and a temporary rent freeze. These are some of the options the Green Party is looking at for rent controls.
We had a temporary rent freeze once – it was a disaster.
Why only freeze rents? Why not groceries? Petrol? Electricity?
Economists are generally but not uniformly opposed to rent controls, arguing they will reduce the overall supply of housing. An American survey of economists in 2012 found 95 per cent opposed them.
This is what you call the science is settled. If 95% of climate scientists says greenhouse gases increase temperatures, then we regard the science as settled.
So if 95% of economists say rent controls are a bad idea and decrease housing supply, we should also regard the science as settled. Maybe we should call the Greens science deniers?