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Kaitlyn Forster, 10, plays with the family dog Tinker while Erica and David Forster get ready for a game of cards in their East Wenatchee apartment on Thursday. Rent in the apartment complex where they live has recently gone up $200.

EAST WENATCHEE — David and Erica Forster have lived in Wenatchee for 19 years — they’ve raised a family here and the area has become home — but increasingly high rents are forcing them to consider moving out of state.

“It’s scary,” David said. “Because it’s a big decision having to uproot your family and your kids from their schools.”

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With the family dog, Tinker, looking for a handout, the Forster family — daughter Kaitlyn, 10, Erica, David and son Carson, 16 — play a game of cards at their dining room table in the apartment they rent in East Wenatchee.

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Erica and David Forster on the balcony of their apartment. David Forster said although he understands landlords' need to make a profit, he questions whether high rent increases are necessary. 

Rylee Ann Apartments

Rylee Ann Apartments at 9th Street in East Wenatchee. Residents say their rents have been increased substantially, forcing some, like Samuel Spinosa, to relocate. 

Sydnee Gonzalez: (509) 661-5216 or

on Twitter @sydnee_gonzalez

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