Letters to the Editor

Rental demands still too high

I wrote on this subject once before several months ago. I just finished perusing the current list of housing accommodations for rent in the classified section. I find it even more incredulous now than when I commented before how much money lessors are demanding for each of their respective “castles.”

Come on ... move right in ... first, last, deposit, will put you right into our perfect spot for you. We’ll just need $1,500 or $1,750 or $2,100 or $3,000 or $3,900 and in you go. And don’t worry, the utilities you have pay all of are only about $300 to $700 a month, so no worries there.

Counter this week after week scenario with the current headline in this paper: Island County facing more layoffs. Either there are not enough variety of jobs, or they pay so little or in the current economy people face the threat of being laid off. In spite of this local, state and national disaster some are calling another Great Depression, still the amount of money it takes for a family to want to live on this island continues to be totally out of control. So folks don’t stay, and folks go homeless, and apartments and homes stay empty, and hearts get hardened.

To be fair it’s possible a lessor needs to charge so much in order to cover the mortgage. Fine. Fair. But if no one can rent your place where are you at? Don’t mistake me. This is not about greed. I don’t believe our people are that way. It’s about trying to make a difference and what you can do when things go bad.

My one observation is this: Charge what you really need to for rent, but stop the in-advance last month payment and lower the deposit and even let it be paid over several months. Times are tough. There is a great need for faith and trust. Please open your heart and help where you can.

Michael Bayliss


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