BIDENFLATION: ‘We have a problem’: $800 rent hikes squeezing metro Phoenix tenants.

Kathleen Black is facing a 50% rent increase on the older three-bedroom central Scottsdale apartment she shares with her four kids and father.

“My apartment’s management is upping my rent by $800 a month,” said Black, who moved from Goodyear to Scottsdale in 2020 after a divorce so her children could go to school with their cousins.

“That will take almost 100% of my income, and my father is on a fixed income,” she said. “Our apartment isn’t that nice.”

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Metro Phoenix tenants struggled with some of the biggest rent increases in the U.S. during 2021. But 2022 is turning out to be an even worse year as a growing number of landlords raise rents by more than double last year’s increases.


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