A dilemma for renters in Nashville

Nashville’s popularity and real estate boom are leaving low- and moderate-income renters behind.

Estimates that as many as 100 people a day are moving to Music City mean that the supply of affordable and workforce housing is disappearing.

Last year a community of Burmese immigrants at Edmondson Manor in South Nashville were forced out because of post-renovation rent increases. One-bedroom apartment rents rose from $675 to $899, and two-bedroom rates increased from $775 to $999.

Howe Garden Apartments in East Nashville, which rebranded as Eastwood Green Apartments, is charging $1,149 to $1,549 a month in rent – twice as much as before renovations last year, displacing working-class creatives and social workers.