Pet owners treated unfairly...
Jul 31, 2014 | 849 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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 an 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 that you insist on installing in your properties unsoiled? 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 and 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 pets. People have owned animals since time unremembered — it’s been an accepted custom for a long while.

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.

—Dwayne Croncher

Moab

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