Atlanta, Georgia—In 2016, when the city of Atlanta’s median income was $35,000, Atlanta’s average rent was $1,250 per month, according to data from the city’s real estate bureau.
Now, Atlanta is spending $2.5 million on rent and utilities in the city, which will make the average tenant spend nearly $400 more per month.
“We have to get rid of this rent thing,” says Daniella Lee, a 25-year-old sales agent in downtown Atlanta.
The rent hike came on top of a $1.2 billion tax increase in 2016.
In the past year, Atlanta has been forced to reduce its workforce by 20 percent and cut thousands of jobs.
Lee, who has been living in the Atlanta area since 2015, has a mortgage that is nearly $2 million.
She and her husband were able to move into their new house and have it listed on Airbnb.
Now, Lee is paying the full rent on their home.
They say they are getting used to paying the rent.
As a single woman, she says she has to worry about how much she’ll be able to make at work if the city doesn’t raise the rent in the future.
But she says that it will cost her a lot more if the price goes up because she’ll have to work less.
I think the government is doing a great job of making us stay at home,” she says.
When I was in college, we used to have a great place to live in, but now, the rent is out of control.
There’s a real fear of being evicted, she said.
Her landlord, who is a woman who rents from Airbnb, tells her to move.
You need to understand, she added.
And that is a real reason why we are being priced out of Atlanta, Lee said.”
The government is giving us these terrible prices, and I don’t want to be here, and they’re giving me a bad experience.”
Lee says she’s going to have to move back to a hotel if she can’t find another apartment.
People who live here are scared to go back, Lee says.”
I feel like the government’s just being unfair to us, and it’s hurting our economy.
I feel like it’s putting a strain on our economy.