I read the stories on TLS last week about the rent increases going on in Lakewood.
I, as a renter, am one of those affected by the craziness going on. For the last few years, I was paying the same price, and as of this coming September, my landlord will be raising rent by over 40%. It really is out of control.
Even if it’s not a legal issue, I (though I’m no Rav) truly believe there must be a Halachic issue with this. I’m basically being forced out and will need to find a cheaper place out of town. There’s no way it could be Muttar for a landlord to suddenly force a tenant out by raising the rent this much.
I think it’s time all Rabbonim in Lakewood get together to put rules in place for the town.
My name doesn’t matter, my idea does.
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