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Document Type

Article

Abstract

The proliferation of rent control laws in many California cities has led to a furious debate concerning its legal, economic, and social consequences. Leading scholars believe that rent control only exacerbates existing housing shortages and excludes the poor, the minority and the elderly from scarce rental housing. This article sets forth the proposition that the fixing of rent ceilings by a local government violates the federal antitrust laws and can be invalidated in federal court.