Say my lease renewal for my teeny-tiny but perfectly located apartment arrived in the mail today. And say it noted a rent increase. And say that rent increase was way, way, way more than what I expected, and that it starts April 1 and I have to sign it within 60 days of receipt to keep this apartment another year. And say I can’t afford the increase. Like really can’t afford it. And, in fact, I can’t afford another apartment in Manhattan (or possibly in certain parts of Brooklyn). And to get a new apartment we’d need enough money for two months rent plus, most likely, a broker fee. And we’d need a cosigner, and we can’t get a cosigner. And say that I know what my raise will be in 2007 and I know for a fact it won’t help.
Hypothetically, if this were happening right now, I would be completely and totally freaking out.