DC's rent control law will expire this year, but will likely be renewed. Washington Post.
The DC City Council's love affair with rent control demonstrates how you don't need the least understanding of economics to become a city council member.
Prices for apartments are determined by supply and demand. Prices can only be lowered by increasing supply. But instead of issuing a lot of building permits allowing more apartments to be built, the City Council passes laws restricting building owners from doing what they want with their property. Rent control laws are not only offensive to property ownership rights, they also scare away developers from building new apartment buildings and in the long run cause rental prices to rise, the opposite effect of its stated purpose.
Also in the blogosphere: at A Constrained Vision, Katie wrote yesterday about how rent control increases prices in the California housing market.