Asked to explain, the rental agent responsible said the price was always too high and he was only being fair.
However, the student renters refused to pay less, convinced the change was some sort of "landlord trick." The rental agent then evicted the students for failure to pay less. The rentals remain empty because the town's "inspector of student stuff" condemned the housing as "too reasonable in price."
"Can't we all just get along and go back to squeezing as much as possible out of these kids' parents?" said an anonymous property owner from his out-of-town second home on a lake.
*Meanwhile, this Barger Street rental below was always reasonable and available for a very short short term lease.