The first source that I’ve chosen for my annotated bibliography is a source that rivals my thesis statement. “State law makers of California should put new Rent Control laws into place that benefit landlords and their tenants because as of now the laws that are in place are causing hardships for both parties involved”. The article is called “The Case Against Rent Control (Murphy, 2014). It’s an article that presents as somewhat biased toward landlords. It paints landlords as money hungry slumlords while tenants are being presents as innocent people who happen to be down on their luck. Although I’m sure it’s true some tenants happen to be down on their luck I’m also sure that not all landlords are abusive slumlords (Murphy, 2014). I feel as though the source is credible because the article is written on a .org site and not a .com site. I’ll use this source for change by showing that rent control is not only bad for tenants but landlords as well.
A second source that I’ve chosen is another source that seems to rival my viewpoints but also tells the story from a tenant’s viewpoint. It’s an article about landlords lying to kick tenants out of their rental units and the NYC Government not looking into it. A man named Aaron Carr started a watchdog agency that protects tenants. The agency is called Housing Rights Initiative. Mr. Carr’s specialty is searching public records at state and city agencies to expose what he says is a broken system of tenant protections (Bagli, 2018). Aaron Carr believes the city is to blame for the number of falsified permits put in by landlords. I believe this source to be credible because it’s published to NY Times and uses actual statistics and facts from New York databases. I’ll use this source to support my argument in showing how Rent Control is bad for tenants because it causes landlords to take advantage of any if not all loop holes they can find.
My third source is a source that represents the landlord side of the tenant vs landlord debacle. ” Co Op Owners to Fight Commercial Rent Control”. The owners of co-ops have argued that by taking away their ability to set rents will result in them having to go deeper into their own pockets. This means that the owners of these co-ops will be earning a lot less. The owners of these places also don’t like the idea of not being able to choose the business that will occupy the ground floor of their building (Anuta, 2018). I find this source to be credible because it’s an article that was founded in our University Library. The author’s name is Joe Anuta and the article was published 5/18/18. The article was published through Crain’s New York Business. I’ll use this source in my argument when I want to speak from a landlord’s perspective instead of a tenant’s perspective.
My fourth article, “Rent Control: What It Means for The Real Estate Market Place”, tells both sides of the tenant’s vs landlords debacle and even gives the pros and cons of rent control. Tenants imagine beautiful apartments at low market value whereas landlords imagine lost incentives. Some rent control pros are that rent control itself has good intentions. Rent control laws ensure cities have affordable housing for lower income people. Rent control policy allow larger cities to keep economic diversity and maintain social diversity (Miller, 2018). Some of the rent control pons are that tenants will stay in their apartments longer which reduces the number of available units. Landlords will end up paying for more their buildings then they’re allowed to rent them for. This often puts them in a financial crisis themselves therefore the maintenance on the building starts to lack. Rent Control allows a government to influence rental rates instead of allowing supply and demand to take its course (Miller, 2018). I find this source to be reputable because it’s a newer source and isn’t too old. I could use this source in my argument to represent both sides. The article isn’t biased and doesn’t seem to take sides either.
(Robert P. Murphy, 2018), (The Case Against Rent Control), (Fee.org)
(Charles V. Bagli, 2018) (Are Landlords telling the truth? the city doesn’t always check but he does), (NY Times), (Sep. 25,2018)
(Nathan Miller, 2018) (Rent Control: What It Means for The Real-estate Market Place) (Forbes.com)
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