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‘We’re Here and We’re Not Leaving’ – CBS Miami

HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – About 40 Hialeah residents raised their voices Wednesday night, chanting “we’re here and we’re not leaving” to protest the rent increase.

“Our rent was $850 for a long time. Then they slowly increased it to $900, $950. And last year it was a thousand,” said Rachel Rubi, a resident of the building on the 1500 block of 42nd Street in Hialeah.

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Days before Christmas, Rubi said residents were told by owners who bought the property in December that by February 1, their rents would go up one more time, this time from $1,650 , up 65%.

“Sad, but also not surprised. I’ve seen them do this with Black communities. It comes to the Latino community. No wonder it’s been really angry,” Rubi said when asked how she feels about the rent increase.

She has lived in the building for 24 years. Rubi, and many other families that have been there for just as long, have a fixed income that can’t grow any more. The group is not alone. Rising rents have become a major concern for many Southern Floridians.

“Luckily, in the state of Florida everybody wants to move down, but what you see is the real impact of people who’ve lived in their apartments, in this case, 20, 30 years, and now they’re lost. forced to leave because they might “not have to pay these new rents,” said Hialeah City Council member Bryan Calvo.

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Realtor Brittney Woods said the increase was partly a result of the pandemic and people relocating to the area.

“We have more people looking for rent than renting. So what we found is what is a three-bedroom, two-bath, average would be somewhere around $1,900 to $2,000, it’s growing dramatically now,” Woods added, who also said rents have gone up a lot.It’s not uncommon to find one-bedroom apartments in Brickell, Aventura and on the beach for $5,000.

Florida has no control over rent, so landlords have found themselves in the position where two years ago due to the coronavirus they had to adjust. They had to go months without receiving any rent without having to be there just trying to make up for it.

But as homeowners move to raise prices, Rubi and other Hialeah residents say enough is enough.

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“Treating our community this way is not the way to go. I think people love Hialeah it’s culture, so if you love someone’s culture, you should love people,” Rubi added.

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2022/01/12/hialeah-rent-increase-protest/ ‘We’re Here and We’re Not Leaving’ – CBS Miami

Huynh Nguyen

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