The apartment buildings are located on 1200 and 1300 Bissell Avenue. Each building has 20 units. The rent increase affects all 40 units in these two buildings. Tenants living in the buildings are mainly low-income families with children. Many of them only speak Spanish. The buildings are owned by Guadalupe Campos and his son Eddy Campos, who declined to comment for this story.
Tenants received a rent increase notice near the end of January, and the new rate started in April. A one-bedroom apartment will see a $75 rent increase from $950 a month to $1,025 a month. A two-bedroom apartment will see a $200 rent increase from $1,000 a month to $1,200. Tenants who live in two-bedroom apartments said this increase is on top of an approximately $50 increase served last year. Read More>