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Boston apartment rents pretty much steady from May into June

What, exactly, is going on?

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If you’re a tenant or a prospective tenant right now in the Boston area, you might be forgiven for having no freaking clue what’s going on in the apartment market.

Some reports, such as those emanating from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s office, show rents sliding—not by a lot, but sliding nonetheless—while other reports show the region basically holding steady as one of the nation’s most expensive apartment markets.

Take the latest Zumper report, a solid snapshot of the market going into June given that the real estate search site culls data from vacant and available units.

It shows the Boston region as the fourth most expensive for renting one-bedroom apartments and the sixth most expensive for renting two-bedrooms. Hardly reassuring ranks if you’re on the hunt.

So what’s really up? A little while ago, we flat-out asked tenants to tell us what their rents were and where. People responded. So we ask you again: What are you paying in rent right now and where do you live?