Housing crunch in trendy Ashland prompts rent protests

The issue has been percolating for some time

Some in Ashland are protesting recent rent hikes. October 18, 2016, (Ashland Twitter page)
Some in Ashland are protesting recent rent hikes. October 18, 2016, (Ashland Twitter page)

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — A tight housing market in this trendy town is causing rental rates to shoot up and some are protesting hikes of up to $250 a month.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reported Tuesday that the town now has a rental vacancy rate of just 1 to 2% and housing costs are 67% higher than the average in the rest of the country.

The issue has been percolating for some time and is now front and center in the City Council and mayoral races.

Ashland — home to the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival — is about 300 miles south of Portland.