Tenants and Elected Officials Together Defeat a Rent Hike

February, 1988

One of Fairfield’s tactics during the Save Northgate effort was to attempt a big rent hike. Northgate organizers put political pressure on HUD to reject the rent increase, with the help of Senator Leahy, Mayor Sanders, and the City of Burlington.  It worked and once again, the organized residents showed their commitment to remaining in their homes. In particular Mayor Sanders directed that a rental rebate from the city to Fairfield Associates be used to offset this proposed tenant rent increase rather than go back into the pockets of the owners.

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