Lease on pink 'Trap House' up: Now what?

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It quickly became a landmark in northwest Atlanta, but the lease on the home which has come to be known as the pink “Trap House” expires Thursday. Many in the area are breathing a sigh of relief. Fans might be sad to hear this news, but shouldn’t be worried for too long.

"It's become a landmark now instead of just an advertisement for his album," said Kenny Do who was visiting the home.

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz rented the home on Howell Mill Road last month, painted it pink and wrote the word “trap” out front. It was all for a private listening party to promote his new album, which dropped last month. But the house has since begun to attract thousands to the area.

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The lease with Cartel Properties ends Thursday and property manager said even though 2 Chains wanted to extend the lease, they opted not to because of the traffic, parking, and headaches it caused for the surrounding businesses.

"People over there have been really nice, I do not have anything against them and and they cannot control the public, but the public is not being fair to some of the businesses," said Chasity Tye who works next door to the pink house at Sweet Samba, Sugar and Wax Bar.

Several of the business put cones in their parking lots and posted no parking signs. Owners said the pink house has negatively impacted their business.

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"You guys look like you were really busy or you did not have any availability so they have gone other places," said Tye.

While the lease is ending, the now infamous pink house won’t be gone forever. The property managers said they are working with the artist to sell the rapper the home so it can be physically moved to another location. According to the property managers, per the lease agreement, the house will be painted white. 

It is a win for surrounding businesses and fans, who both acknowledge it to be a cultural phenomenon.

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