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Renter's Woes

Huffington Post columnist Hussain Abdul-Hussain vents a common frustration among local renters: an increase in fees as service quality drops. Because DC's rental market is tilted in favor of leasers, companies can take advantage of this asymmetrical relationship and institute charges for unbundled services, such as a "$25 fee for water and trash". (Who is going to rent an apartment without water and trash services?) He goes on to compare this "quick-buck" trend for other industries and concludes this very practice is what leads to their demise. [HuffPo] —George Perkins