Carmichael Renters Shocked by 50% Rent Hike

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CARMICHAEL -- Tenants at a Carmichael apartment complex were shocked to find a notice on their doors that their rent would be increasing by 50%.

Many of the tenants have lived at the Crestview complex for years.

"From a human and community standpoint, this is wrong," tenant Debbie Vigil said.

Vigil, 61, has spent her whole life in California, growing her career and raising a family. Now, she's making the heartbreaking decision to leave the place she calls home.

"It's absolutely tearing me apart. It’s my life, and this piece of paper destroyed my life," she told FOX40. "You feel like nothing. You feel like a number. You don’t feel like a person anymore."

Vigil says she's lived in her Carmichael apartment for nearly a decade, never missing a payment. She says she can't afford to pay $1,500 a month in rent, when there's only the $1,000 she's paid for years in her budget.

And she's not alone.

"What are they trying to do with us? All they care about is getting the money," tenant Sal Marino said.

Marino says he's lived at Crestview since 2005 with his wife and two kids, but now they may move.

"We're thinking about moving to Alaska because it’s ridiculously expensive to live in California," he said.

Vigil says she's moving to Virginia. It was an uneasy decision, she says, but it's one she could afford.

"They’re just sending the message that they don’t care. No one cares," Vigil said. "And isn’t there anyone who cares anymore?"

The complex was sold to the Roseville-based Vertus Properties last year. Vertus has not responded to a request for comment. The notice tenants received said the rent increase is to match market rates.

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