New Yorker reveals her rent is being raised from $2,100 to $4,175

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New Yorker reveals her rent is being raised from $2,100 to $4,175

A woman has revealed that the rent of her New York City apartment has been raised from $2,100 to $4,175 — a nearly 100 percent increase after just two

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A woman has revealed that the rent of her New York City apartment has been raised from $2,100 to $4,175 — a nearly 100 percent increase after just two years. 

Kelsey Barberio, 27, shared her shock on TikTok earlier this month, explaining that she got a ‘really good price’ on the apartment when she signed a two-year lease in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Today I received my rent renewal increase rate for my apartment building. Keep in mind, I’ve known I wasn’t gonna stay. However, oh my God,’ she said at the start of the video.  

‘I’ve been paying $2,100 and they want to raise it to $4,175. That is just below 100 percent, which under normal circumstances is illegal. I guess it’s not just because of COVID.’ 

Kelsey Barberio, 27, from New York City, revealed on TikTok earlier this month that her rent has been raised from $2,100 to $4,175

Kelsey Barberio, 27, from New York City, revealed on TikTok earlier this month that her rent has been raised from $2,100 to $4,175

Kelsey Barberio, 27, from New York City, revealed on TikTok earlier this month that her rent has been raised from $2,100 to $4,175

She explained that she got a 'really good price' on the apartment when she signed a two-year lease in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

She explained that she got a 'really good price' on the apartment when she signed a two-year lease in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

She explained that she got a 'really good price' on the apartment when she signed a two-year lease in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

She explained that she got a 'really good price' on the apartment when she signed a two-year lease in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

She explained that she got a ‘really good price’ on the apartment when she signed a two-year lease in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

Many New Yorkers fled the city during the pandemic, and rental prices plunged as desperate landlords tried to lure willing renters into their units with special deals. 

Property management firms offered deep discounts or sweeteners, including multiple months of free rent, to entice renters to sign new leases.

There is no limit on the rent increase that can be charged at the end of a lease if an apartment is not rent stabilized, according to the NYC Rent Guidelines Board

However, the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) requires landlords to provide tenants with written notice if they intend to raise the rent by at least 5 percent. Tenants who have a lease of at least two years must get a 90-day notice.

Barberio admitted she was a bit surprised that the company was nearly doubling her rent considering her place had a ‘roach infestation’ and ‘very severe chronic mold issues’ that have been negatively impacting her health.  

Barberio noted the unit has had a 'roach infestation' and 'chronic mold issues.' She is moving into a new apartment with her boyfriend after her lease is up

Barberio noted the unit has had a 'roach infestation' and 'chronic mold issues.' She is moving into a new apartment with her boyfriend after her lease is up

Barberio noted the unit has had a 'roach infestation' and 'chronic mold issues.' She is moving into a new apartment with her boyfriend after her lease is up

Barberio noted the unit has had a 'roach infestation' and 'chronic mold issues.' She is moving into a new apartment with her boyfriend after her lease is up

Barberio noted the unit has had a ‘roach infestation’ and ‘chronic mold issues.’ She is moving into a new apartment with her boyfriend after her lease is up

The video has been viewed more than 396,000 times since it was posted on December 6, and hundreds of people took to the comments to share their thoughts

The video has been viewed more than 396,000 times since it was posted on December 6, and hundreds of people took to the comments to share their thoughts

The video has been viewed more than 396,000 times since it was posted on December 6, and hundreds of people took to the comments to share their thoughts

‘They’re very well aware of this, so like the idea of doubling the rent during this? Come on,’ she said. ‘Outside of that, the roof has been closed for the last year. There is scaffolding all over the building [and] countless other issues.

‘Honestly, I can’t even go into all of them because it’s just boring. [I am] very thankful to be moving in with my boyfriend and not have to pay $4,200 a month for this place,’ she concluded. 

The video has been viewed more than 396,000 times since it was posted on December 6, and hundreds of people took to the comments to share their thoughts. 

‘My jaw dropped,’ one person wrote, while another added, ‘HOW IS THIS LEGAL.’

Barberio has been sharing updates about her apartment search on TikTok, and she gave a tour of the unit she and her partner were interested in last week

Barberio has been sharing updates about her apartment search on TikTok, and she gave a tour of the unit she and her partner were interested in last week

Barberio has been sharing updates about her apartment search on TikTok, and she gave a tour of the unit she and her partner were interested in last week

Barberio likes that the apartment has two bedrooms, 'phenomenal' closet space, and a washer/dryer in the unit, but the price was a bit more than they want to pay

Barberio likes that the apartment has two bedrooms, 'phenomenal' closet space, and a washer/dryer in the unit, but the price was a bit more than they want to pay

Barberio likes that the apartment has two bedrooms, 'phenomenal' closet space, and a washer/dryer in the unit, but the price was a bit more than they want to pay

Barberio likes that the apartment has two bedrooms, 'phenomenal' closet space, and a washer/dryer in the unit, but the price was a bit more than they want to pay

Barberio likes that the apartment has two bedrooms, ‘phenomenal’ closet space, and a washer/dryer in the unit, but the price was a bit more than they want to pay

'This place is maxing out our budget. We already had to negotiate it down a little bit, and it's still very much at the top,' she said

'This place is maxing out our budget. We already had to negotiate it down a little bit, and it's still very much at the top,' she said

‘This place is maxing out our budget. We already had to negotiate it down a little bit, and it’s still very much at the top,’ she said 

‘Oh hell no!!!!! I’m sorry but there needs to be a law where rent can’t be increased more than a certain [percentage,’ someone else responded. 

Barberio has been sharing updates about her apartment search on TikTok, and she gave a tour of the unit she and her partner were interested in last week. 

‘This place is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom and I actually used to live here before the building I live in now,’ she explained. ‘In an ideal world, we’ll end up with a two-bedroom, but we have to see if it financially makes sense at all because it’s very expensive.’

Barberio likes that the apartment has a decently sized bedroom, ‘phenomenal’ closet space, and a washer/dryer in the unit, but the price was a bit more than they want to pay.  

‘This place is maxing out our budget. We already had to negotiate it down a little bit, and it’s still very much at the top. Nothing’s gonna be perfect, but I’m curious what you think, if it it’s worth it,’ she asked viewers. 

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