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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
Do you have a lease for a set term, or are you month to month? How much notice did they give you that they were increasing the rent? What state do you live in?
Are the heating and air-conditioning subsidies in the lease - is that something you get from your landlord?
If they gave you sufficient notice on a month to month lease, they unfortunately ARE allowed to raise the rent under normal circumstances. However, because you're in subsidized housing, you should call your local housing authority. Usually, the way subsidized housing works is that the government decides how much you can afford to pay, and they pay the difference. The landlord can't just raise the rent without violating the contract they have with the housing authority. So that's your first step. It's possible that the government will step in and take action. You could also try talking to local news outlets about the way your apartment manager is exploiting poor tenants and see if that helps put some pressure on them to back off. The board of curators might get scared if news stations and the public weigh in on what they're doing.
If the housing authority can't help you, then the way for you (and your neighbors) to protest the way you're being treated is to give 30 days notice and move. It's not too late for you to vacate before the subsidies are decreased on April 1, as long as you give notice first. I know moving can be expensive, but they can't make you stay just so they can take advantage of you. If you decide to keep living there, what you're saying is that you agree with what they're doing.
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