One time there was a girl who moved to Manhattan in the middle of summer. She found a great roommate and a great apartment in a great neighborhood (the East Village) that was on the third floor, but then the next year, the landlord tried to raise her rent. “I’m a good tenant and I pay on time in full every month,” she said. “I do not think you should raise my rent.” The management company agreed so she was able to stay for one more year at the same rate.
“That was close,” said the girl. “I might have had to move.”
Another year passed and the girl was happy. But then the letter came again, and this time the rent increase was three times what she would have had to pay before. “This is too much money,” she said. “I can’t afford to pay that much extra.” So she looked for a new place and, miraculously, found another great apartment and another great roommate in the same great neighborhood for the same price as she paid at the last apartment. However, it was on the fifth floor of a walk-up building so it was very tiring bringing all of her stuff to the new apartment and there were times when she wouldn’t go downstairs to get simple things because it was so far away and she didn’t have the energy.
She had to move in the dead heat of summer again and she was very, very tired and it was very, very hard to move with all of the extra things she had accumulated over the years. But she thanked her lucky stars and was happy because the new apartment and new roommate were so great.
Less than a year passed. Then a letter came in the mail telling the girl and her roommate that they had to move because they were selling the building! They found a new place, thankfully, but it was, again, in the middle of summer. Not only that but they had to pay a broker’s fee totalling thousands of dollars as well as hundreds of dollars for their movers. And this new place wasn’t in the same neighborhood, it was in the Upper East Side, and it was also on the fifth floor! That is so many floors! It was a total nightmare! She never got her security deposit back! Ever! Then this cycle happened forever and ever and ever and she kept having to move in the summer and it was really terrible!
Then the girl died.