Rent Doubles For Residents At Belmont Apartment Complex

BELMONT, N.C. — Rent has doubled and in some cases tripled for dozens of residents at a Belmont apartment complex.

Residents informed WCCB Charlotte’s Alexandra Elich that the complex is like a family. Some of the residents have been living there for more than 20 years.

They now have around a month to find another place to live or face eviction.

Mold, water damage, leaking tubs and toilets are the conditions residents at the Cimeron Apartments off of Beaty Road in Belmont have been living in.

They’ve dealt with it because for years the rent has been fairly cheap.

“We all received a letter saying that our rent would be raised to $1275,” tenant Trina Costna says. “I’ve paid $600 for the last nine years.”

Costna says most tenants can’t afford that and can’t afford to move.

“We have elderly people in our community. People in our community are on Social Security, still working part time just to barely get by and pay the $600 a month,” Costna says.

One of those people on social security is Cynthia Patterson.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t know. I don’t have a clue. I don’t know where to start. I’m going to be homeless and living in my van,” Patterson says.

Friday tenants met to try and come up with a path forward and a plan.

“One of the tenants that finally got through to somebody was told that they were raising the rent because of renovations,” Costna says. “But no one has reached out to us yet about making any repairs to the apartment.”

WCCB called and emailed the property manager, Brown and Glen Realty, but have not heard back.