In a tweet fired off this week, Sanders spotlighted a proposal that he first floated as part of his $2.5 trillion housing agenda last month.
Many experts say rent control is a bandage, or short-term fix, which doesn't address the underlying problems that made housing unaffordable and warn that it will worsen the problem over time by discouraging construction.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a rent-control bill earlier this month, while Oregon passed the first statewide rent-control measure in February. Sanders doesn’t live in the least affordable market among his 2020 rivals – here’s a look at the average rents for a one-bedroom apartment in candidates' hometowns, according to Zillow’s Rent Index.
Burlington, Vermont: In Sanders’ hometown, a one-bedroom apartment will set residents back $1,609 per month.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment where Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren resides is $2,438 per month.
McLean, Virginia: There's little rental data available for one-bedroom units in the community of Former Vice President Joe Biden. In nearby Falls Church, the average one-bedroom goes for $1,603 per month.
South Bend, Indiana: In the city where 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg serves as mayor, the rental price for a one-bedroom apartment averages $727 per month, according to Zillow.
Los Angeles: The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $2,301 per month in this southern California metropolis, home to U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.
New York City: Entrepreneur Andrew Yang lives in Manhattan, where rental prices are notoriously high. A one-bedroom apartment costs an average of $2,323 per month.
San Francisco: In the hometown of investor Tom Steyer, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $3,602 per month.
Denver: Rents are $1,571 per month, the hometown of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet.
El Paso, Texas: Former Texas lawmaker Beto O’Rourke lives in this city, where rent for a one-bedroom apartment is about $754 per month.
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Rent for an average one-bedroom apartment in the home of Sen. Amy Klobuchar is about $1,398 per month.
San Antonio, Texas: In San Antonio, where former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro lives, monthly rent is about $921.
Montgomery County, Maryland: Former congressman John Delaney lives in this Washington, D.C., suburb, where the average rent for a one-bedroom is about $1,418 per month.
Kailua, Hawaii: Monthly rent is about $2,104 per month in Hawaii, the home of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. She lives in Kailua.
Des Moines, Iowa: Author Marianne Williamson is said to have moved recently to Des Moines, Iowa, where monthly rent is about $972.
Newark, New Jersey: In Sen. Cory Booker’s hometown, residents pay about $1,287 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.
Washington, D.C.: In the nation's capital, where President Trump has resided since winning the White House, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is about $2,141 per month.