Rising Up Against Corporate Landlord’s Rent Gouging: The Fight for Fair Housing in America

Corporate landlords’ rent gouging is fueling a national outcry over housing affordability, pushing the need for decisive action against practices that drive up living costs. The battle for a fair and competitive housing market has sparked a spectrum of solutions and policies. Here’s the essence of the challenge and the search for solutions.

Corporate Landlords Artificially Inflating Rent

In his Las Vegas speech, Biden didn’t mince his words. He accused big corporations of conspiring to artificially inflate rent levels in defiance of antitrust laws that aim to encourage competition and fairness in the market.

“Landlords should be competing to give folks the best deal, not conspiring to charge them more,” he declared, echoing the frustrations of many Americans grappling with skyrocketing housing costs.

The issue of housing affordability has become a focal point in Biden’s reelection bid, as voters are consistently expressing concerns to him on the campaign trail about the rising cost of living. Biden’s timing is crucial for his campaign, as polls about his impact on the economy are turning more favorable.

Now, he has the job of convincing voters that his policies are not to blame for the cost-of-living crisis, rather that it’s corporations’ fault. Despite improvements in overall inflation, housing expenses remain a significant burden for many Americans, with energy and housing costs leading the charge in driving up consumer prices.

Rising Concerns about the Cost of Living

According to a recent survey, housing affordability is one of the top economic concerns for voters, highlighting the urgency of addressing the issue. The president’s housing agenda is part of a broader effort by his administration to challenge corporate dominance, promote a fair market, and reduce the average American’s financial burden. 

They hope that competition in the rental market will bring down rental prices as housing stocks increase and renters have more options. Biden is going all in on housing provisions in his 2025 budget proposal and has urged Congress to pass a slew of bills aimed at lowering housing costs across the nation.

Recent Developments in the Housing Market

Recently, there have been efforts to make the housing market fairer and more competitive. A landmark lawsuit against The National Association of Realtors (NAR), an organization that has dictated how home sales work for years, has recently been concluded. 

This lawsuit has resulted in the NAR having to pay almost $420 million in damages and will mark the end of the much dreaded 6% sales standard commission on housing. This ruling is seen by many as a step in the right direction as letting agents will now have to lower their commissions to compete for business, making things fairer and cheaper. 

Promoting Competition and Transparency

However, Biden’s team has emphasized that this is just the beginning and that more needs to be done to promote competition and transparency in the housing sector.

Biden’s administration has pushed the FTC and the Department of Justice to ramp up efforts to challenge companies growing monopolies. They’re trying to prevent so-called “mega-mergers” that could undermine competition and make the free market less free.

Biden’s push against corporate giants resonates with voters who are increasingly skeptical of big business influence. A recent poll by the Financial Times shows that 63% of respondents agree that “large corporations taking advantage of inflation” is part of the reason that prices are so high. This is up 9% from November.

This has only strengthened Biden’s narrative that corporate greed, not government policies, drives ordinary Americans’ economic hardships in his push to make a “fair, open, and competitive marketplace.”

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