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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Phoenix, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Phoenix, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

 Rent Storage Containers Phoenix, AZ

SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Phoenix, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Phoenix, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Phoenix, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Phoenix, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

 Rent Shipping Containers Phoenix, AZ

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Phoenix, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Phoenix, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Phoenix, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Phoenix, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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Braves vs. Diamondbacks: Picks, predictions, how to watch Monday’s game

The Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks square off on Monday with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. Atlanta is expected to give Spencer Strider ...

The Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks square off on Monday with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. Atlanta is expected to give Spencer Strider (1-1, 2.22 ERA) the first major league start of his career. Arizona will start Zac Gallen (3-0, 2.22 ERA)

The Braves (23-25) took the series win over the Miami Marlins after picking up the 6-3 win on Sunday. Marcell Ozuna knocked two home runs in the win which was a good sight to see for the Atlanta batting order. Strider has been solid out of the bullpen this season, but it remains to be seen how long of a leash he will have or if it will be a bullpen day for the Braves.

The Diamondbacks (23-25) sit in fourth place in the NL West and are coming off getting swept in a four-game divisional series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona had won two games against the Kansas City Royals, but that momentum quickly depleted. They’re hoping that Gallen will be able to spark a new winning streak. This will be Gallen’s ninth start of the season. In his last outing, he pitched 5.1 innings and gave up seven hits and six earned runs while striking out four.

Braves vs. Diamondbacks

Pitchers: Spencer Strider vs. Zac GallenFirst pitch: 8:10 p.m. ETBraves local broadcast: Bally Sports SoutheastDiamondbacks local broadcast: Bally Sports ArizonaLive stream: MLB.tv (subscription)

Odds, picks & predictions

Run Line: Atlanta -1.5Run total: 8Moneyline odds: Atlanta -120, Arizona +100

Moneyline pick: Atlanta -120

The Braves have been up and down this season, not having a win streak larger than two wins so far. Strider has pitched in 24.1 innings and has struck out 37 batters. He should find success against the Diamondbacks lineup that hasn’t consistently been strong. Gallen has been a staple in the Arizona rotation, but the Atlanta batting order has momentum heading into this game.

Player prop pick: Zac Gallen Over 5.5 strikeouts (-150)

The Braves lineup continues to rack up the strikeout numbers as they remain at the top of the list when it comes to K’s per game as a team. Gallen’s K/9 numbers are slightly down through his first eight starts of 2022, but he has been a high-strikeout thrower throughout his career, and he should get to 6 strikeouts on Monday night.

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Phoenix, AZ Is a Magnet for Real Estate Investment

The American housing market took off during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and home values have been climbing rapidly since. Home sale data compiled by real estate data company Zillow shows that the typical value of a mid-priced home soared by over 20% in the last year, from $284,000 in April 2021 to over $344,000 in April 2022.Much of the surge in home sales, however, was not driven by families or first-time homebuyers, but rather by investors.According to realty company Redfin, investors accounted for 18.4% of all ...

The American housing market took off during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and home values have been climbing rapidly since. Home sale data compiled by real estate data company Zillow shows that the typical value of a mid-priced home soared by over 20% in the last year, from $284,000 in April 2021 to over $344,000 in April 2022.

Much of the surge in home sales, however, was not driven by families or first-time homebuyers, but rather by investors.

According to realty company Redfin, investors accounted for 18.4% of all U.S. home sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 - or more than one in every six home sales. Real estate investors can be large corporations, like Blackstone, or local companies and wealthy individuals. No matter who the investor is, their goal is the same - to profit from the real estate market, either through flipping homes or converting them into rentals.

Some major metropolitan areas are drawing even more investors than the national average. In the Phoenix metro area, investors accounted for an estimated 28.4% of home sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 - equal to more than one in every four home sales. The value of all homes in the metro area bought by investors in the final three months of 2021 totals $3,794,952,629.

Likely due in part to the impact investors are having on demand, home values are relatively high in Phoenix. As of April 2022, the median home price in the metro area was $460,000.

1Atlanta, GA32.7$430,0002,857.3
2Charlotte, NC32.1$400,0001,255.1
3Jacksonville, FL29.8$300,000712.2
4Las Vegas, NV29.2$435,0001,738.0
5Phoenix, AZ28.4$460,0003,795.0
6Miami, FL27.5$525,0002,158.0
7Orlando, FL25.9$363,0001,138.4
8Tampa, FL24.2$390,0001,598.5
9Nashville, TN21.4$465,000800.3
10Fort Lauderdale, FL21.0$465,0001,143.8
11San Diego, CA20.3$925,0002,352.5
12Anaheim, CA19.8$875,0002,683.4
13Detroit, MI19.4$81,700119.1
14Sacramento, CA19.1$518,0001,181.0
15Los Angeles, CA18.8$1,025,0006,747.4

3 out of 10 U.S. cities where rents have increased the most are in Arizona

PHOENIX (Stacker) - Lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic made many renters realize they could pick up and move to a place where they could get more bang for their buck, but the ramifications of the global health crisis didn’t stop there.Months-long wait times for common building materials, supply chain issues, more expensive building products, and a need for workers are among the various pandemic-related factors that have contributed to the delay in housing development. This stagnation also plays an important role in wh...

PHOENIX (Stacker) - Lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic made many renters realize they could pick up and move to a place where they could get more bang for their buck, but the ramifications of the global health crisis didn’t stop there.

Months-long wait times for common building materials, supply chain issues, more expensive building products, and a need for workers are among the various pandemic-related factors that have contributed to the delay in housing development. This stagnation also plays an important role in why rents are higher today, with rents having spiked 15.3% year over year across the country. This is particularly evident in the Sun Belt—which includes Florida, Arizona, and Texas—where the biggest rent increases are, as more people move to warmer climates.

Stacker examined May 2022 data from the rental platform Apartment List to see which major cities have recorded the biggest year-over-year rent increases. To be included in the analysis, the city had to have at least 350,000 residents. In the event of a tie, the percentage change from the previous month was used.

Read on to see if your city is experiencing a surge in rental prices.

#10. Raleigh, North Carolina

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,270

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,445

- Change from May 2021: 20.9%

Although Raleigh’s rents dipped at the end of 2021, they’ve risen again. Would-be homebuyers who have been priced out of Raleigh’s skyrocketing real estate market are continuing to rent, which creates a lack of supply and increases average rents. While Raleigh’s rents are rising, they’re still affordable compared to other large cities around the country.

#9. Nashville, Tennessee

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,286

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,448

- Change from May 2021: 21.5%

Big Tech companies like Oracle and Amazon are among the employers fueling job growth in Nashville. More good jobs in the city also fuels population growth, and the housing supply hasn’t been able to keep up.

Although the pandemic slowed down real estate development, a number of apartment buildings will be opening up in the coming years, which may ease rent prices.

#8. Austin, Texas

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,455

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,771

- Change from May 2021: 21.5%

From 2010 to 2020, Austin’s population exploded by over a half million people to 2.3 million people, due in part to its affordability. Tech companies like Oracle and Tesla relocated their headquarters from Silicon Valley to Austin, while Apple and Google have expanded their Austin offices. Remote workers also arrived from more expensive cities, causing more pressure on the housing market and keeping would-be homeowners in rental situations.

The pandemic also caused rents to fall below-market rates, but now that people are moving around again, rental prices are making up for lost time.

#7. Las Vegas

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,113

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,423

- Change from May 2021: 21.9%

Many remote workers moved to Las Vegas from more expensive cities and brought their higher-paying salaries with them. This has allowed them to afford rents that are out of reach to existing residents.

In addition, outside investors and hedge funds have been snapping up properties for sale, which means would-be homebuyers keep renting. As material shortages and other supply chain issues persist, the supply of new housing options has struggled to keep up.

#6. Tucson, Arizona

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $959

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,262

- Change from May 2021: 21.9%

Nearly half of Tucson’s population rents, but there’s not enough rental housing supply to keep up with demand, which has caused prices to soar. Several contributing factors are at play, including a focus on single-family home construction versus apartment buildings and the proliferation of apartments being used as short-term or vacation rentals.

Although residents who rent believe price-gouging is at play, state law prohibits limiting how much a landlord can charge for rent. This has put increasing pressure on residents’ wallets, even if Tucson is still one of the more affordable cities in Arizona.

#5. Phoenix

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,232

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,490

- Change from May 2021: 23.3%

A prime city in the Sun Belt, Phoenix is considered affordable to those who live outside of the area, which has spurred population growth.

Supply chain and labor issues have led to a housing shortage. In addition, the 2008 housing bubble greatly affected the city, and new construction stopped. While things have resumed, the supply hasn’t caught up with demand. This is evident in Phoenix’s 2022 rental vacancy rate of just 3%, half of what it normally is.

Investors have also jumped at the chance to own rental property in the area. They have spent more than $13 billion buying up apartments, causing sales prices—and rents—to jump.

#4. Mesa, Arizona

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,290

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,488

- Change from May 2021: 24.9%

While rents in Mesa have climbed sharply, single-family homes have increased even more: The average sale price of a home is 55% higher in 2022 compared to 2020. This has kept would-be buyers in their rentals and shrunk the supply of rental units.

Also fueling rents is an influx of investor dollars. In November 2021, investors snapped up three apartment complexes in Mesa for more than $354.5 million, betting that the city’s high population growth will translate to higher rents.

#3. Miami

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,568

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,078

- Change from May 2021: 26.6%

The pandemic has fueled a massive rent increase across Miami as remote workers—particularly New Yorkers—flocked there for better weather, lower taxes, and fewer pandemic restrictions.

Armed with higher incomes in a rental market that seems cheap by comparison, renters who are looking in desirable neighborhoods are starting to offer more than what landlords are asking, which drives up prices in some areas.

In response, Miami-Dade County enacted a law in March 2022 that requires landlords to provide at least 60 days’ notice if a tenant’s rent will increase more than 5%, and extends the eviction notice period from 30 to 60 days.

#2. Tampa, Florida

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,419

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,751

- Change from May 2021: 27.6%

A growing population has caused Tampa’s rental rates to spike and vacancy rates to plummet to an all-time low of 4.4%. More renters are choosing to live on their own, which also exacerbates the amount of housing supply.

The supply levels aren’t due to increase anytime soon. The housing bubble hit Florida hard, and development hasn’t grown enough since then to meet the current needs.

#1. New York

- Median rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,956

- Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,066

- Change from May 2021: 31.8%

Nearly 4% of New Yorkers fled the city during the pandemic, eager for space and affordability. Rents plummeted to all-time lows in 2021, and renters enjoyed a temporary reprieve from the city’s legendary high rents.

With the pandemic entering a less acute phase, people are returning to the city as jobs open up, workers go back to the office, and remote learning ends. This has caused rents to rebound, particularly in wealthier neighborhoods, as landlords try to make up for lost income and deal with higher costs.

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Weekend round-up of the best things to do in the Valley| May 20-22

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PHOENIX, AZ — Concerts, comedy shows, visit Valley water attractions or expose your taste buds to new dishes during Spring Arizona Restaurant Week... there are plenty of activities to keep the fun rolling all weekend long!

Here’s our weekend round-up of things to do.

Culver’s “From Wisconsin With Love” food truck tourWHAT TO EXPECT: “It’s always been our mission to bring a little bit of Wisconsin to our guests through delicious food and a commitment to caring for people,” said Culver’s co-founder Craig Culver. “This tour is all about celebrating our roots with our guests, and we can’t wait to have an unforgettable experience with people from all over the Phoenix area.”

Shop at an alternate food market where you can buy up to 70 pounds of fresh produce for $15: If you’re looking for a way to get the most bang for your buck when buying fresh and nutritious produce, you’re going to want to check out your local Produce on Wheels Without Waste (POWWOW) event; here you can buy up to 70 pounds of fresh produce for $15. Click here to see locations/hours for this weekend’s event.

Black Rock Coffee Bar expands in AZThere’s a new location opening this month in Mesa! “We are building a strong presence within the Mesa community, and this new location will deepen our customer relationships and extend our reach as we strive to be the coffee and caffeine provider of choice in Arizona,” said Josh Pike, CEO of Black Rock Coffee Bar.

“Wicked Rain” weekend grand openingThe craft beer bar has been in “soft launch” since end of March but now that its patio is complete with misters and shading, they have a weekend [May 20-21] grand opening that will include local food trucks, Pacific Northwest (PNW) and local breweries and giveaways.

Patent 139 Brewing Co.: The new brewery will have some staple items like wings, burgers, and nachos, but they’ll have avocado in some way... infused, smashed, in a salsa form, and more. But going beyond the flavors, the brewery has a rich origin history that dates back to the early 1930’s.

Salt River Tubing: Get your floaties ready - it’s Salt River Tubing season! If you have a big family or want to go with a group of friends to the Salt River, there are group rates available. Keep in mind that children must be at least eight years or older and four feet tall for tubing. For a list of things that you should take, click here.

Tempe Town Lake: If you don’t want to go swimming, but still want to splash into some fun, you can enjoy beautiful sunsets and quality time with friends or loved ones in a peddle boat. You can choose to ride in a swan, a duck, or even a dragon!

Saguaro Lake: Fill up your gas tank, pack some lunch and head to the lake.

Phoenix faces dangerously high temperatures this weekend. Here's what to expect

Sweltering temperatures in the metro Phoenix aren’t going anywhere this weekend.The National Weather Service says high temperatures were expected to reach or pass 110 degrees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.“We are in the midst of an excessive heat warning, and temperatures will be challenging record highs,” said James Sawtelle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.An excessive heat warning means very high temperatures “even by local standards,” a National Weather ...

Sweltering temperatures in the metro Phoenix aren’t going anywhere this weekend.

The National Weather Service says high temperatures were expected to reach or pass 110 degrees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“We are in the midst of an excessive heat warning, and temperatures will be challenging record highs,” said James Sawtelle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

An excessive heat warning means very high temperatures “even by local standards,” a National Weather Service warning issued Friday early morning reads.

The excessive heat warning will remain in effect until Sunday evening, when Phoenix residents can expect a slight reprieve with highs between 106 and 109 Monday through Wednesday, Sawtelle said.

How to stay safe in excessive heat

Sawtelle urged people seek shelter from the heat indoors in air-conditioned spaces. He also recommended people use cars or buses to get around rather than travel by foot.

In addition, the National Weather Service advises people drink more water than usual and monitor those who may be at higher risk for heat-related complications, including children, pets and the elderly.

For a list of places to seek relief from the heat, visit Maricopa County’s map of cooling centers and hydration stations.

Sawtelle said Arizona residents may have an early start of summer rainfall to look forward to, with the latter part of June having a decent chance for above normal precipitation. The National Weather Service said there could be some isolated showers Friday and Saturday in the higher altitudes of southeastern Arizona.

Are you drinking enough water?Here is how to avoid dehydration in Arizona

Weekend road closures on I-17 in Arizona

There will be several closures along Interstate 17 from June 10 through June 13 in the Phoenix area due to improvement projects that are part of the Regional Transportation Plan for Maricopa County, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

From 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, all I-17 on- and off-ramps at Greenway Road will be closed.

Eastbound I-10 will be closed at 99th Avenue overnight Friday, detouring through the on- and off-ramps, along with eastbound on-ramps from Dysart Road, Fairway Drive and Avondale Boulevard. Westbound I-10 will also be narrowed to one lane at Gila River Bridge overnight Friday.

Broadway Road will be closed between 42nd and 52nd streets this weekend beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and ending at 4 a.m. Monday.

Finally, westbound State Route 24 will be closed between Ellsworth Road and Loop 202 from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For live information regarding road conditions and closures, visit ADOT’s interactive map.

Reach breaking news reporter Sam Burdette at sburdette@gannett.com.

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