Midterm Election Digest and What It Means for Rental Housing

Posted By: Denise Hanzlik Industry, SDMHA Resources,


On or before Tuesday, November 8, 2022, voters from across the country cast ballots in this year’s pivotal midterm election. The outcomes of this election will determine the control of Congress for the remainder of President Joe Biden’s term.

Here are the election’s key takeaways as of the morning of Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – and what they mean for the rental housing industry.


The contest for control of both chambers of the U.S. Congress – the House and Senate – remains up in the air.

It appears that the predicted red wave became more of a red ripple, and slim margins in both chambers will certainly have an impact on governing over the next two years.

  • In the Senate, Democrats have flipped one seat: Pennsylvania, where current Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D-PA) defeated Republican Mehmet Oz. Key races in Georgia, Arizona and Nevada are still too close to call.
  • In the House, Republicans have thus far gained two of the five seats needed to regain the majority. The Associated Press (AP) has called 371 of the 435 seats up for election.

Regardless of the final composition of Congress, the White House has indicated a willingness to use powers at their disposal to advance their key policy priorities.

Ready for a deeper dive? Read this brief for more midterm results and an outlook on the remainder of the 117th Congress.

Rent Control

In several jurisdictions across the country, rent control measures were on Tuesday’s ballot.

  • Pasadena, CA. A movement to pass Measure H - which would cap yearly rent increases at 75% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and enact other renter protections – is ahead by just under 150 votes, less than 1%. Read more.
  • Santa Monica and Richmond, CA. Voters in these two localities considered additional measures to restrict rent increases to a maximum of 3% annually. In Santa Monica, with the “majority of votes cast,” votes in favor of Measure RC are ahead with nearly 57%. In Richmond, votes in favor of Measure P are leading with just over 56%.
  • Portland, ME. In Portland, voters narrowly approved a ballot measure that would cap yearly rent increases at 70% of the CPI in addition to enacting other renter protections. Read more.

The National Apartment Association (NAA) will continue to monitor the results of the midterm elections for industry impact – and continue robust efforts to advocate on behalf of its members against damaging policies like rent control and instead for sustainable solutions to our nation’s affordability challenges. Check back on this page for updates as they become available.