Landlord Raises Rent by 344% — WHAT?!

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Nobody likes it when the rent goes up. That’s just life, right?

Well, Neal Hutchinson has been paying $1,800 a month for an apartment in San Francisco.

“I’ve lived here a long time,” he said. “I pay my rent on time.”

So it was no surprise when he got word the rent was going up. But it went from $1,800 a month to $8,000! That’s a 344% increase! (Who says journalists can’t do math?)

“I don’t know where I’m going to go if I have to leave here,” Hutchinson said.

So why the increase?

Well, the apartment was the backdrop for some scenes in Clint Eastwood’s movie, “The Dead Pool.” But that was in 1988, so that doesn’t sound like the reason.

Your guess is as good as Neal’s. The landlord’s not talking to him or to the media.

Hutchinson turned to the San Francisco rent board for help, but that’ll take ’til early August. The landlord has served an eviction notice for July 21.

“I could be evicted before that decision comes through,” he said. “So, I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m struggling here.”

In the meantime, his lawyer’s trying to buy the one thing Neal needs most: a little time.

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