Binh Duongs family has been renting a modest apartment in My Nguyen, Cambodia since last October.
Their family had been living in a single-family home for decades.
But in 2017, Binh’s father died.
The family moved into a more expensive home.
The new apartment was so much bigger that they needed to relocate.
That meant moving out of their old home and into a smaller apartment in another city.
“My family has lived in this apartment for more than 40 years, and it is now their third-floor apartment,” said Binh.
“It’s better because there are no other tenants.”
Binh said they pay around $2,000 a month rent for the new apartment.
That includes their utilities and food.
But they’re also paying a $3,000 monthly rent for their old apartment.
So far, they’ve paid just $2.50 a month to live in the apartment that Binh and his parents rent.
“There are people that are paying as much as $8,000 for the same apartment.
I think this is an outrageous situation,” said Bunng.
“People in the country are struggling.
There are some people that pay as much, or more, than others,” said Chaiyap.
“This is how I feel.
My family is the poorest.
I’m not saying this to be disrespectful to other people, but I feel like I should have my rent paid by the family.”
The family is working on a petition to the government.
“We want our children to have a better future.
We are a good family.
We’ve worked hard for our children and we want to work hard for them,” said Chanh.