Sahar Soleimany had a decision to make.
Like many renters, the New York University graduate student scored a great deal on an apartment last year, landing a true two-bedroom unit in Greenwich Village for $3,400 a month, a sharp drop from her landlord’s original listing of $4,000.
But Soleimany found herself in a different position a year later. At the end of August, she received an email from her landlord notifying her of a $1,500 rent increase. That meant she and her roommate would need to start paying $4,900 per month if they wanted to stick around. She expected the price to go up, even though their original
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