Rent controls considered by city council; Prices paid by foreign residents will be studied

Three members of Cuenca’s municipal council are preparing a proposed ordinance that would control the amount property owners can charge for rent. The ordinance would also have provisions to make discrimination in rentals illegal. “The new rules will ensure that that those who do not own a home have a decent place to live,” says councilor Xavier Barrera. He and fellow council members Carlos Orellana and Carolina Martínez say that the ordinance is necessary to stop “rent gouging” and to prevent the practice of denying rentals to some potential renters. Of special interest, says Barrera, is examining the rents paid…

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