The Colorado couple says they've been trying to break free of the Denver rental market altogether and buy a home of their own, but even that is proving nearly impossible. Maria says their last attempt to buy a house didn't go well.
"There were three cash offers that came in. One was $30,000 over the asking price," said Maria.
Denver renters are having a hard time making ends meet and spending more than a third of their monthly salaries on rent, according to a report from Zillow.
Ron Throupe is an Associate Professor at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He says immigration from other parts of the country has created a high demand for rental units and leaving renters in the lurch.
"They lock you into longer agreements they can," said Throupe. "The big question is how much new supply is going to come to this market to appease the demand."
In the mean time, couples like Maria and Rob are frantically looking for an affordable option before they are locked in for another year.
"We have to cut back or I might have to work more overtime," said Maria.
"You've got to save, but you're spending money on rent, maybe more money on rent," says Maria. "The question is: does your income rise faster than your rent?"