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The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Worcester has increased about $200 to $1,330 since December 2017, and that rate of increase is tied with Waltham for the highest in the Greater Boston area, according to online home and apartment website Zumper.
Is Worcester becoming too expensive?
Comments

12/13/18 AT 11:56 AM
Stop the greed. There is NO reason to raise real estate prices like this except for disgusting GREED.

12/13/18 AT 11:56 AM
As a long-time renter I see the Worcester rental market as a two-tiered entity. Small landlords who have been in this endeavor long term tend to charge more reasonable rents in order to keep good tenants. Their challenges: dealing with the maintenance requirements of aging housing stock (witness the multifamily building fires we see every December). Builders of new apartments have higher costs that they must recoup from rents. It's probably the asking rents for the new apartments that's skewing the median rent figure upward.

12/12/18 AT 10:22 AM
I can only imagine the people who live on fixed incomes trying to live here. I also rent and would not know what to do if my rent went up 200.00 to 300.00 per month and we have 2 incomes. Worcester has been an affordable city, let's try and keep that or we will have much more homeless people than we already do now. I know we are moving forward with everything and I love living here but the increase will kill our reputation.

12/12/18 AT 10:22 AM
Given increases in rents in the Boston market, it was inevitable that rents in Worcester would follow suit.

12/12/18 AT 10:22 AM
The City is finally "growing up."

12/12/18 AT 10:22 AM
Today's new young employees are facing an impossible obstacle RENT. Housing cost and rent and making MA a non desirable area to live due to the affordability. I feel our industry leaders need to get involved and help find a solution.

12/12/18 AT 10:22 AM
I can understand why property owners made rents dirt cheap in the beginning of their vacancies in order to fill units but it could be a slippery slope if there are steady increases year over year. At the risk of using the most cliche phrase of our time, the millenials seek more affordable housing if the rents continue to rise. Let's make sure we don't end up like Boston.

12/12/18 AT 10:22 AM
As everywhere, wages are not keeping pace with the cost of living in the Worcester area.
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