I'm not sure how many of us on here rent, but I'm guessing it's a fairly decent percentage.
It isn't really a discussion on why I rent, but the frustrations that I've had in this past year in trying to move back to Columbus.
When I left 2 years ago it was to take a temp job over an hour away. Now I'm trying to return to find the market drastically changed from when I left it.
3 years ago the same townhome I rented was in the south Clintonville area for $850 per month. That was completely remolded prior to myself moving in.
Now they rent the same condo for $1250 a month.
Prior to this I rented a home in Worthington for $925. Now it rents for $1400! This house has less sq ft than the townhome, wasn't exactly in the best area, and hasn't been updated since the 90's.
I've viewed several houses for rent that are simliar to the Worthington home. Just Ok area, not quite large enough, with old outdated appliances for 30% more per month than when I left.
Many of these rentals are owned by companies with several properties. Some are extremely sketchy. Like Columbus Best Rentals who told me I need to pay a "viewing fee" for every property I wanted to see of $35. An app fee of $150. First and last month's rent, plus 2 months rent for deposit, and the rent amount could fluxuate depending on what I can afford to pay.
Did I miss something in the past couple of years, because the pay rate most definitely hasn't increased by 30% here.
What will this do for Columbus' affordable housing rate?