The Columbus City Council is entertaining the idea of further oppressing “sovereign” citizens by restricting landlords (aka women & men who take risks to provide shelter to others) even more than they are already restricted. If this dangerous legislation passes, surely the market will react and certainly in a way that HURTS renters, which is quite ironic considering the Columbus City Council naively believes this legislation will help renters.
This is frustrating but not shocking. Every government attempt to control prices and restrict actions between two “free” parties results in the opposite of what government intended. Minimum wage is the simplest example of this. Thinking that the government, or anything outside of free human choice, can set market prices more efficiently than freedom is as incorrect as it gets.
In this case if Columbus City Council’s legislation is passed, being a landlord becomes much more difficult and less people will want to take the risk to provide housing. With less landlords in the market current landlords will have the ability to raise rents as a result of falling supply. Renters are worse off with both less housing options and higher prices for the options they do have. This is just one example of how the proposed legislation will have detrimental effects to those it is supposed to help.
Landlords are not looking for reasons to kick people out. Landlords are not looking for reasons not to rent to people. Nearly all landlords are just like nearly all renters: good people who are trying to do the right thing. The government does not need to get involved in this transaction between what are supposed to be two “free” adults. The best thing Columbus City Council could do is scrap this proposed legislation and look for existing legislation that similarly hurts where it is supposed to help, then scrap that too. The result will be a better situation for renters and landlords alike, encouraging development and driving down prices!
I respectfully implore that Councilmember Shayla Favor and their associates reconsider this proposal. I would be happy to help educate and further explain why this proposal will certainly end up making things worse for renters and landlords alike. Contact me any time.