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There is 1 comment on POV: COVID-19 Has Unmasked an Unprecedented Housing Crisis—Here’s How to Fix It

  1. One of the factors leading to this crisis is leverage available to landlords. Both, small and large investors have heavily used leverage to purchase a limited supply of homes over the decades. This use of leverage has caused the value of homes to go up and make it unaffordable for most. The landlords, due to owing so much to banks are forced to continue to increase rents in order to make their mortgage payments, despite interest rates being low. This same phenomenon is causing investors to increasingly look towards the residential market As an investment and we see more urban properties being diverted from other uses that might create more jobs.
    A radical move to curb this inequity and Use of leverage In this inefficient way would be to disallow the tax deductibility of interest for those purchasing residential property as an investment.

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