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January 22, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Taxes and utilities can cause rent increases

Danny Westneat’s column and any article for the last two years about rent increases in the city of Seattle have all forgotten to mention several reasons for the rent increases [“Even some landlords shocked by rent hikes,” Local News, Jan. 16].

All utilities have gone up as well as power, such as gas and electricity. So have taxes, especially property taxes. Older buildings have a higher cost of upkeep.

Landlords are business men and women and they’re going to pass along those increases. Just remember, each time someone who rents votes for more property taxes, they’re voting for a rent increase.

I wish I had renters to help me pay my property taxes.

Linda L. Jacobin, Seattle

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