Jean Le Vaux founded Le Vaux Realty in 1978 (now Coldwell Banker) and has written a piece in the Cambridge Chronicle entitled Reflections of rent control. In her artilce, she describes what caused the downfall of rent control.

Excerpts from Jean Le Vaux commentary:

Cambridge was deeply divided – opposing views were everywhere, even in my own office. Housing stock deteriorated. Each loophole landlords found was soon closed. Those who, in desperation, kept units vacant were fined under the “90 day rule.” Rooms in private houses with locks on their doors were now labeled “units”, and controlled.

Many rents were so low that out-of-towners would rent a Pied a Terre for theatre nights and guests! Eric Segal, (author of “Love Story”), rented his luxury apartment to Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick, who sued for his rent to be rolled back to a prior limit. Surveys found that many tenants were single, white and economically privileged. An initiative to implement a means test to provide subsidies for only the needy was defeated

Do you think rent control will make a come back?

Click here to read her entire commentary.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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