European Court Rules Rent Controls Unconstitutional

If the US Supreme Court tackles another property rights takings case it may want to take notice of a recent Euro Court decision involving an old rent control law in Malta. The European Court of Human Rights ruled recently that a Maltese rent control law dating back to 1979 was unconstitutional because it failed to strike a balance between a community’s need for housing protection and the landlord’s fundamental rights. As a result, Malta will now amend its law to provide for minimum rents, regular rent increases based on an index, and the elimination of inherited tenancies.

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