Rent prices has tremendously increased since the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. (Photo Courtesy)

By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. Editor

Tenants of Westgate at Laurel have had enough. Rising rent prices have been a critical concern for the life of the nation’s 2.5 year-old global COVID-19 pandemic.  But the immigrant tenants at the Westgate Properties, owned by Schwab Partners, LLC believe they are being taken advantage of during the pandemic. 

The tenants, supported by CASA of Maryland, said rent has been raised by hundreds of dollars during the pandemic, living conditions at the property are unsanitary and management is unresponsive to requests for repairs. 

The national median price for rental units has hit a record increase for the last 14 months. Rising rent prices have been particularly burdensome for Black and Hispanic Low income earners. 

COVID-19 rental assistance helped close to 2.5 million families and the relief assisted many in paying the bills. However, close to 5 million are still struggling going into the third year of the pandemic.

This is a developing story. Updates on the Westgate Tenants rent strike will be available online at

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