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Berkshire Edge 12.4.18

Renters squeezed by high prices, low inventory in Berkshires

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 | Kristin Palpini

The worst place that Sherry Gale has rented in Berkshire County was an apartment on Boylston Street in Pittsfield infested with bedbugs. To deal with the problem, she said, her landlord handed her a bag of poison along with these instructions: Figure it out.

Gale, 31, has been renting apartments in Pittsfield for 12 years, moving often to accommodate her growing family — she and her husband, Shaun, have four children ages 7 to 12.

The couple’s search for an affordable, decent home to rent has never been easy. Gale said she has had to settle for apartments with moldy basements and broken or unsafe appliances because it’s all the couple could afford. Sherry works at Bear Care Preschool and Childcare in Dalton and Shaun works at Modern Mold & Tool in Pittsfield.