Rent Hike Has East Nashville Apartment Residents Considering Legal Action | Nashville Public Radio

Rent Hike Has East Nashville Apartment Residents Considering Legal Action

Jan 29, 2016

Residents of an East Nashville apartment complex are considering their legal options in response to a potential doubling of their monthly rents.

New ownership and renovations are expected at the 45-year-old Howe Gardens complex. But residents who met Thursday night say they were blindsided by the rent notifications posted on their doors.

Tracey McCartney, a lawyer with Tennessee Fair Housing Council, said she worried about residents who live on government subsidies.

“As housing that’s been subsidized for a period of time by the government gets out from under that arrangement then developers are circling like buzzards to snatch them up,” McCartney said.

Residents want a meeting with the new owners, who have apologized for the abrupt rent letters.