Rents of 2-bedroom apartments are rising rapidly in Tacoma

With rents increasing across Washington, Tacoma is seeing an interesting trend for a certain style of apartment.

Tacoma, Washington – Census data used in the American Community Survey shows that two-bedroom apartments are seeing a higher rate of rent than other units.

As in many parts of the country, obtaining affordable housing in Tacoma can be challenging.

Marilyn Penniff has moved to Tacoma from Seattle, hoping to find better prospects, but says she hasn’t had success.

Meanwhile, she and her husband are staying in an apartment, but now she’s worried about something else: the high rent.

“We’re really fortunate,” she said, “but a lot of people I’ve heard about have had their rents gone up.”

One style, in particular, that seems to be rising faster than the other is the two-bedroom apartments.

Dobler Management’s Chris Dobler says two-bedrooms are a popular choice among properties she manages for people looking to share housing costs.

“We always see strong demand for two bedrooms over one, in particular, because when the economy is tough or when there is a lot of uncertainty, people tend to rent two bedrooms with a roommate rather than when they are more confident, they will They rent one bedroom themselves.”

But Doppler also says that property taxes play a large role in increasing rents.

She pointed to one of the properties she manages, which was originally supposed to be affordable for working-class families, and whose property taxes have increased by more than 10% for three consecutive years.

A pill that is difficult to swallow for many.

“If you tie that to an average of three years of property tax rent, and your water, sewer and litter increases by 6%, you are in a 16% increase each year, just on that expense. How do you pass the 16% increase to your customer?” Doppler says. .

Doppler encouraged renters in Tacoma to consider how property taxes are spent in their neighborhoods, and to reach out to elected officials because it is something that affects the entire community, not just homeowners.

They pay for the property tax increase through rent. They pay for water, sewage, and garbage, and the utility expenses are also paid by the owner of a single family home, and they pay for it through rent.”

Laurie Davenport, Tacoma ProBono’s director of development and communications, warns that if rent increases aren’t addressed, the city could become too expensive for its residents to live there.

“It’s getting more expensive to live here, so people who can’t live here are moving, people who can move, and that’s changing us,” she said. “It’s so annoying for people who get rent increases then they’re like, OK, I can’t stand this, I can’t negotiate with my landlord, that’s what it is, and I’m never going to go so you can do that.”

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