Category: Income certification

When rent control becomes permanent: Part 2, the active ‘tenant’

29 June, 2011 (10:54) | Cairo, Egypt, Income certification, Markets, New York City, Regulation, Rent control, Rental, Theory |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from Part 1.]    Yesterday’s post on Cairo rent control introduced us to a first-person tale by Marie-Helene Rousseau, from Big World Magazine, of a Heliopolis block of flats owned by an increasingly fractionalized set of heirs scatted around the world – and one flat, 2,700 square feet of […]

When rent control becomes permanent: Part 1, the passive landlord

28 June, 2011 (10:21) | Cairo, Egypt, Income certification, Markets, New York City, Regulation, Rent control, Rental, Theory |

While researching Egyptian rent control for my presentation to an Egyptian national conference on affordable housing sponsored by the American University of Cairo, I came across this Big World Magazine first-person tale, by Marie-Helene Rousseau, of decades and generations that wonderfully encapsulates, in time-lapse photography as it were, so many story lines of rent control: […]

Rules as boundaries, and adaptive behavior

12 August, 2005 (09:38) | Affordable Housing, Co-ops, Income certification, Markets |

Every affordable housing program — whether homeownership or rental — ends up by its terms taking legal and contractual positions on several core policy questions:   What does it mean to be low-income?  For whom are we creating affordable housing? What happens if a household who was low-income no longer is?   Who deserves to […]