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Bellingham’s rising rents symptom of nationwide scourge

City can address zoning, taxes, but rent control is illegal

Andy Koch stands outside of his former home on 21st Street in Bellingham. He rented the home for several decades until his landlord died suddenly in 2018. Koch re-entered an unfamiliar world of rentals
Andy Koch stands outside of his former home on 21st Street in Bellingham. He rented the home for several decades until his landlord died suddenly in 2018. Koch re-entered an unfamiliar world of rentals (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Audra Anderson Assistant Editor
Rents are skyrocketing nationally, and local renters have not been spared, with some Bellingham resi

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