Where Minneapolis' mayoral candidates stand on rent control

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Minneapolis voters will be asked on their ballots to give City Council the power to create a policy that would limit how much landlords can raise rent on their tenants.

What they're saying: Candidates Sheila Nezhad, Kate Knuth and A.J. Awed all said they support rent control.

  • Nezhad and Awed endorsed Minneapolis United for Rent Control's proposal to tie annual rent increases to inflation or the consumer price index.

  • Knuth supports rent control but didn't specify what type of cap she would back. She wants to make sure it doesn't limit new housing development or hit small landlords.

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Mayor Jacob Frey generally opposes rent control, though he supports the ballot question and left the door open to supporting an anti-gouging measure.

  • "Economists from the far left to the far right have near universally said that (rent control) is counterproductive — it does not work," Frey said.

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