Burlington City Housing Inspector Asks For Rent Control

January, 1968

With rental housing in such short supply, landlords could raise the rents beyond what many people could afford; they also had little market incentive to keep the apartments in decent condition. The city of Burlington’s Minimum Housing Inspector, Lloyd Preseau saw that the crunch was resulting in unsafe and unhealthy living conditions as well as excessive costs for renters. “There is not enough housing to go around and not enough nice housing to move into without paying an exorbitant rent.” He was inspired to call on the city to implement rent control, a cry that, although included in the city’s annual report for 1968, went unheeded by city officials.

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