Rentals are hard to find, keep as real estate prices climb


FALMOUTH — Debby Wells moved to Cape Cod in 2013 and in the years since she’s learned firsthand that being a renter on the Cape can be difficult. 

She’s had three rentals sold from underneath her, but struck housing gold when she was able to secure a three-year lease for a condo in Falmouth.

That goldmine may be running dry now as the Cape’s pre-existing housing crisis has been exacerbated by COVID-19.  

Sandy Faiman-Silva, a member of the Upper Cape Women’s Coalition, says the organization plans to submit  a petition article to Falmouth Town Meeting to start a task force for sustainable living for workforce families.

Wells’ landlord didn’t offer a new lease for the fourth year and she recently learned that he wants to sell the property in the hot real estate market that’s been spurred on by the pandemic. 

“With housing prices as good as they are right now, he called me (last week) and said ‘I’m going to sell the condos,” Wells said last week. 



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