Rent Control in New York: An Economic Analysis Rent control refers to laws that limit the amounts of rent and the amounts that rent can be increased in any year. There is no statewide rent control in the US, and all the rent control laws and regulation are passed by cities. Washington, D. Rent control first appeared in the United States in the early s as a way of dealing with. This is an empirical example of the implement of the price ceiling, which is the maximum price set by the government, any price beyond. Berlin, New York, and Stockholm rent control is used to ensure housing is affordable.