Rental properties hard to come by in Hampton

Moving into a new community is always a chore. Packing and hauling your belongings vast distances isn’t usually anyone’s idea of a fun time, but then again neither is jumping through hoops trying to find a new housing arrangement.

     The latter can be difficult, especially in a community strapped for quality rental properties like Hampton.

     “Not very often do we have a vacancy. I think with renting anything, usually you have a month or two carryover, but not very often here,” said local landlord Russ Gibson. “There is a shortage.”

     Gibson, who owns six downtown Hampton apartments in addition to two other apartment complexes, said every property he oversees is completely full. It’s a good problem to have if you’re a landlord, and it’s become a prominent theme throughout the city: People keep coming, but the only thing growing are the waiting lists.

Read the full article in the April 16 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.