Q: I'm a foreign student studying here on a student visa. I've lived in a rent-controlled apartment for two years, and just now got a rent increase that's a lot larger than the rent board allows. My landlord claims he can do this because my status as a foreigner means that I can't claim the protection of the rent-control ordinance. Isn't that discriminatory? --Larry S. A: Your landlord has hit on a novel argument to support taking you out of the protection of rent control. Whether he can succeed will depend on the wording of the rent-control law and, ultimately, the judgment of a court. Most rent-control ordinances require the tenant to use the rental as his primary dwelling. There's a very good reason for this rule: Rent control has always been seen as a way to keep people in th...
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