It’s not only a problem faced by Lebanese people trying to rent a roof over their head in the trendy areas such as Hamra, downtown or Mar Mikhael. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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One of them is Linda T., a 33-year-old journalist; she believes that landlords are increasing rent prices for foreigners, which is then biting Lebanese renters wishing to stay in the same areas.This is Lebanon and I don't think an average earning person can afford these prices," Linda says.She's addressing a problem that many other Lebanese people in Beirut are complaining about on various rental groups on social media platforms; the city is becoming unaffordable for locals.According to studies, landlords, NGO's and professors, whom Daily Star has been speaking to, it's a patchwork of problems, in different housing sectors of society, -- gentrification, development in rental prices bolting development in salaries, Western foreigners outbidding Lebanese in the most expensive areas, landlords taking advantage of Syrian refugees at the expense of poor Lebanese on in low-income areas, Solidere and a lack of political regulations.From the perspective of Linda T., the journalist looking for a place in this expensive center, things have not calmed down. She feels that rents are running loose and she refuses to pay the price demanded by the landlords.
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