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Dear PoPville – Anything I can do about this Rental Price Increase?

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“Dear PoPville,

I rent from a newer apartment building in the Navy Yard neighborhood. I have a contract on a new-construction condo that was originally due to be delivered in December. I got a 6-month lease in my building to coincide with the condo’s delivery. Now the delivery date has been pushed back to late January to mid-February. My building just sent me notice that my lease will be ending at the beginning of January. If I choose not to renew my lease for a year, I will be on a month to month lease with a rent twice my current rate- an increase of over 2k. Since I can’t do anything to quicken the delivery of my condo, is there anything I can do about such an egregious rental increase? Is such an increase legal? Btw, I moved here last year from Atlanta. So, I don’t have any family with whom I can live in the gap time between the end of my lease and my condo delivery, whenever that turns out to be.”

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