Rush to rent, and build apartments

The 5,000 apartments under development in central Ohio were of no help to Lindsay Earle and Courtney Georg.

The roommates recently discovered that in popular parts of town, renters far outnumber apartments.

With solid jobs, good credit and references, they figured they could easily find an apartment or house in German Village, the Short North or Grandview Heights for less than $1,400 a month.

But after missing out on several apartments, they were reduced to the renters’ version of speed dating—frantically responding to online ads, madly dashing to group open houses, applying for places without seeing them and installing phone alerts to put them in front of the line.

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