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Texas TikToker Stunned To Learn Her Rent Is Increasing By $855 A Month—And It's Totally Legal

Texas TikToker Stunned To Learn Her Rent Is Increasing By $855 A Month—And It's Totally Legal
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The current state of the housing market in the United States is a landlord's dream... But it's a tenant's worst nightmare, unfortunately.

A TikTok is making its rounds on the social media platform exposing the harsh reality of being a renter in this economy, and many are commiserating with a young TikToker's experience when it came time to renew her lease.

On March 31, TikToker Kara Perez (@webravelygo) shared with her followers the disheartening situation she found herself in as her current lease agreement was coming to a close and it was time to re-up the terms for the new lease agreement.

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Lol Austin #renter #realestate #austintexas #austin #costofliving

In the now viral video, the Texan TikToker revealed to her followers she would be incurring a sizable increase to her monthly rent in the landlord's offer for a lease renewal.

The increase was no small chunk of change either, rather, the rent was set to be increasing by nearly $900 per month.

The situation has been the catalyst for an important discussion in the comments about the city’s skyrocketing rent prices and the increase in cities nationwide.

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In the nine-second video, viewers can see Kara staring directly into the camera, sporting a look of confusion and shock.

Text stitched over the video read:

“Me checking my new lease to see what the new rent is…”

Kara then cut to an email she received from the leasing office of the apartment that stated:

“The rent will increase to $2,750 [per month]."

Kara then informed viewers the cost of rent on the month-to-month lease is $1,895. With the changes in the lease agreement, there would be an upcharge of $855 per month.

At the end of the TikTok, Kara lip syncs to audio that said:

“This is a joke, right?”

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The brief TikTok has been viewed over 185,000 times, accrued almost 10,000 likes and received 1,100 comments from fellow renters.

In a follow up video, Kara responded to a question that has popped up quite frequently which asked if the actions the landlord was taking by raising the rent were illegal.

The short answer, according to Kara, is no.

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Reply to @gladly.bradley #greenscreen #rent #realestate #texas #austintexas #millennial

Texas, at present, does not have any rent stabilization laws in place which make it entirely legal for a landlord to raise their tenant's rent however they see fit.

This differs from other states where rent can only be increased within a certain percentage bracket so as to keep landlords from doing exactly what Kara's landlord did to her.

It might be time for Kara to peruse the housing market for a new apartment.