Over the past year nearly every essential good or service has escalated in price, but for those renting, costs have often skyrocketed.

News site “The Hustle” conducted a survey attempting to gain more insight into how much rent has gone up over the past year and why.

Their findings: a whopping 71% of renters experienced rent hikes last year with an average increase of 14.6%.  In certain hot spots, such as Miami, San Diego, and Austin, average rent was up more than 25%! 

As for why, the survey found a very interesting relationship: the probability of a rent increase was highly correlated with the size of the landlord.  Just 57% of Mom-and-Pop landlords (fewer than 5 rental units) raised rent over the past year.  In contrast, over 85% of respondents reported rent hikes if their landlord was a conglomerate (greater than 10,000 units). (Data and chart from thehustle.com.)

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