The facts on the ground do not support the hype over the massive increase in Portland apartment rents, as reported by your newspaper.

First, the idea that there’s been a 40 percent increase in rent in five years was based on an analysis of two months of listings for two-bedroom apartments. But there are 8,497 one-, two- and three-room rental units in the city and only 5,509 four-room units. Your survey has a sampling fault.

Second, increased rents require increased income. Median household income in Portland in 2014 was $59,573, not at the boom 2007 level of $61,650. Yes, there was a 7.58 percent increase in real median household income in the city between 2012 and 2014, but we are just returning to our old levels.

Finally, the Maine State Housing Authority determined in 2011 that fair-market rent for a two-bedroom unit in Portland was $1,121, and in your own article in 2015 (“No Vacancy: Landlords capitalize on ‘insane’ market,” Nov. 15), you quote landlord Adam Rice as saying he had two-bedroom units available for $1,200. That is not 40 percent higher. This makes me wonder who is benefiting from all the hype.

William Church

Portland