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Jun 18, 2013 8:52 PM by Jacqui Heinrich, jheinrich@koaa.com

Rental properties scarce for those displaced by Black Forest fire

People displaced by the Black Forest fire may run into trouble finding rental homes.

Economist Ryan McMaken with the Colorado Division of Housing says apartment and single-family home rentals are hard to come by as it is. In the last ten years there's been little new construction in the city and county, and that combined with a growing number of people looking for temporary housing already caused rental availability to go down and prices to go up. The hundreds of people out of their homes from the fire will only add to the problem, says McMaken. "Certainly for people who are going to be looking right now for a house to rent in certain parts of the city it does seem that in the short term that will have a very real effect," McMaken told News 5.

The good news is some apartment communities are trying to make things easier on fire victims by waiving application fees, pet rent, and offering a flat rate for utilities in some cases. For a list of complexes with special rates, click here.

 

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