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.