October 20, 2021

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Rising rents and lots of competition as pandemic eases in Akron

Bryan Jones isn’t picky.

When the New York native arrived in Greater Akron in late spring, he was open to renting any apartment that cost between $600 and $900 per month as long as it put him somewhere between his strength coaching job in Bath Township and his doctoral study of exercise physiology at Kent State University.

Jones initially thought he’d have lots of options. He found scores of local listings on websites like apartments.com and Zillow.

“But it turned out that a lot of those places that said they had places available online didn’t in reality have any apartments available,” he said. “A lot of times, no one would even call me back.”

Jones and renters across Greater Akron say they’re having a tough time finding a place to live.