Brooke Noble moved into her apartment on Wheeler Avenue near Midtown four years ago. Now she's moving by the end of May, because her landlords are hiking up the rent price about 45 percent.

"It was 625 [dollars] when I moved in and now it's 725, and now they want 1,050 a month," Noble says. "The day I got the email with the new rent I knew I wasn't going to be able to afford that."

She tried to negotiate with the landlord, offering to pay 900 dollars a month, but the landlord declined.

The landlord says 1,050 dollars a month is market rate, but Noble thinks that number is high.

"When they told us they were going to bring it up to market rate we expected it to up to maybe 850, 900," Noble says. "I was very surprised to learn it was 1,050."

We reached out to the landlord, and received a call back from the landlord's lawyer. He did not offer a formal statement, but sent us a cease and desist letter he sent Noble on behalf of his client. Part of that letter details why they raised the rent.

The statement read in part, "Your Landlord is only increasing the rent to the fair market value and currently you are paying below market rental for your unit."

It continued explaining that the rent market value is "supported by the Landlord’s review of rentals for similar units in the Midtown area. The Landlord has also recently rented other units in the Quadplex for $1,100.00 per month."

The letter also stated “When it recently offered another unit at that rental rate, there was a waiting list of applicants."

Reasons aside, Noble cannot afford to stay. She wants to stay in Reno because of the life she's built here over the last ten years, but considered moving away when she was having trouble finding a place to live. She found a place in west Reno near Verdi for 550 dollars, but there's an additional cost due to the new location.

"I work in tech. I'm a systems analyst and I rely on high-speed internet to do a lot of my work," Noble says. "To get the connection package I'd need from Sky Fiber, I'm looking at about 160 dollars a month, versus Charter's standard 60 a month."

Still, she's happy she can continue to call Reno home. She says she plans to go to Reno City Council to talk about solutions like rent control.