The landlords, homeowners and renters of the state legislature

Download Audio

Boston's rent control proposal needs approval from the Massachusetts State Legislature in order to become local law. A new report from The Boston Globe looks into the property holdings of the lawmakers who will be responsible for making this decision, in both the house and the senate, to gain an understanding of how many legislators rent, versus own their home, and how many are landlords.

The Globe finds that about 86% of the state legislature owns homes, compared to only 61% of the state population, and that 36 members of the legislature own rental properties, while only 19 members confirmed to the Globe that they rent their homes.

Boston Globe Politics Reporter Emma Platoff joins The Common for a deeper look at this story.

Headshot of Darryl C. Murphy

Darryl C. Murphy Host
Darryl C. Murphy is the host of WBUR's daily news and culture podcast, "The Common."


Headshot of Katelyn Harrop

Katelyn Harrop Podcast Producer
Katelyn Harrop is a podcast producer for WBUR's daily news and culture podcast, "The Common."



More from The Common

Listen Live