Rent is about to go up again—here’s why

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This is an excerpt from CNBC Make It's weekly newsletter. Subscribe here.Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But if you're currently renting your place, you might see the price tick up when it's time to renew your lease.In fact, rent is forecast to be even higher this year than it would have been if the pandemic had not occurred.Throughout 2020, many renters were able to benefit from price reductions or even months of free rent as landlords struggled to fill empty units. But those concessions are more or less gone, and landlords are hiking up prices as Covid-19 restrictions end and housing demand spikes.Housing costs were rising before Covid, but the coronavirus exacerbated the problem: The national median rent has increased by 11.4% so far in 2021, compared with just 3.3% for the first six months of 2017, 2018 and 2019, according to a report from Apartment List, a rental listing site. Average rent growth this year is outpacing pre-pandemic levels in 98 of the nation's 100 la
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