Extreme rent increases cause residents to fight for a place to live

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

Mariposa Townhouse Apartments residents and other Medford community members protested Wednesday night for the right to have a place to live.

Back in November, they received notice that hundreds of dollars in rent increases would go into effect March 1st.

Residents say it’s forcing many into a situation they never thought they'd be in.

"I think most people enjoy living on their own," said Donna Peters, a Mariposa resident.

But at 70 years old that luxury is being taken away from Peters.

"We started moving two weeks ago and it’s kind of hard moving two houses into one," said Peters.

Peters is having to live with a roommate to be able to afford the rent increases.

"I went out, I looked around, there was nothing that I could afford," said Peters.

That's because she and dozens of residents at mariposa townhouse apartments were notified of a 30 to 50 percent rent increase from their property management company, CPM.

"Unfortunately the market has swollen around them. So while these increases are significant, the previous management did not raise rent and also did not keep them where the market has swollen around them," said Matt Stranahan, said the Mariposa manager.

The increases look like this: a 600 square foot, single bedroom apartment, which was previously $600, now costs $875 for current residents and $925 for new residents.

This steep increase isn't something all residents could cough up and CPM reps say they understand, which is why the company is helping residents find other homes.

"My rent was $625 and the rent raise was $260, I only make $750 a month social security and Matt from the other apartments found it for me - same company - but a lot less rent," said Bettygay Damourakis, a relocated resident.

That being said, Damourakis says moving is no walk in the park.

And one thing CPM and residents agree on, the housing crisis fix needs to be addressed at the city level.

"We still haven't had new buildings at the rate needed for the rate that our city is growing," said

"The city of Medford, you're going to lose good workers," said Stranahan.

Residents say hopefully sooner than later because no one should feel this.

"There's a lot more anxiety for me for other's I mean your home's your sanctuary. You don't want to lose it," said Peters.

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