Rent control could make its way onto the November ballot in Saint Paul if the group Housing Equity Now Saint Paul succeeds with getting enough signatures on a petition. The group announced the petition drive in late March and spent the first weekend of April gathering signatures. The intent is to cap residential rent increases at 3 percent per year.

More than half of Saint Paul residents rent their homes, and about 5,000 names are needed to get a ballot question approved. Several other groups have joined the petition drive in the effort to cap rent increases.

However, the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association has come out against the measure, saying it would deter development of rental housing. It contends that an increased housing supply, not rent controls, are needed to support affordable housing.

 

   

—Jane McClure

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