Dear Landlords of Moab
by dcroncher
 Dear Landlords of Moab
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Dear Landlords of Moab -

It seems there is a conspiracy in this town to deny housing to any and all

prospective tenants who are pet owners. After two months of browsing I

have yet to see one ad that doesn't include the phrase **NO PETS** written

just like so, for special emphasis from what I gather. As a pet owner this

strikes me as more than a little unfair.

What could be the reason for this boycott? Maybe you all have problems

keeping the carpets which you insist on installing in your properties un-

soiled? Perhaps you are convinced that people who aren't rich enough to

buy a house shouldn't have the right to own pets? Maybe you choose to

ignore the fact that there are plenty of responsible owners who work hard

to keep their premises just as clean as non-owners? Perhaps you are all

deathly allergic to pet hair? Or maybe you just don't care?

As an out-of-towner/pet owner/prospective renter coming to Moab with steady

employment lined up, the only thing standing in the way of my settling-in

and contributing to the community is the **NO PETS** decree. I wonder if

any of you own pets, and if so how much comfort & companionship they bring

to you daily? My pets enhance my quality of life in many ways, as well as

all my family, friends and acquaintances who also own. People have owned

animals since time unremembered...its kind of a big deal.

I understand that you have an interest in keeping your properties clean.

Perhaps you forget the business of property rental entails some inevitable

wear-and-tear on the premises, by nature of our imperfect humanity.

According to the Humane Society, in 2012 62 percent of American households

included at least one pet. Many landlords realize this and charge

additional non-refundable deposits accordingly rather than flat-out denying

owners, so that they can make some money after covering repair costs and

the tenants can keep their pets. In this way both parties benefit. By

denying pet owners you are basically stating that you wouldn't rent to a

majority of households, as well as implying that a majority of us who own

animals don't care enough to keep ourselves, our pets and our surroundings

sanitary and in good repair.

It saddens me to see that none of you are willing to do what your fellow

lessors have no problem doing on a regular basis. I've lived in big and

small cities across the country and have found that allowing pets on

condition is quite standard. I suspect I am not the only one who feels

this way, and I sincerely hope at least some of you will reconsider soon.


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