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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