HEADING TO HEATH: STILL LOOKING FOR SOMEPLACE TO LIVE!
With my list in hand I started to make calls. It was an eye-opening experience.
It’s Off the Market
About the first zillion calls I made for rental houses were completely useless. The houses were “off the market,” “leased,” “gone” and otherwise unavailable.
This is when I started worrying. I’d thought this was going to be easy. Do a little research. Make a few calls. Take a little walk-through. Rent a house.
It’s Available, BUT…
Finally, I found a few (very few) homes that were actually available – but only up to a point. We were starting out with two strikes against us….make that three. The first two were Precious and Princess.
For the uninformed, Precious is my beloved Shih Tzu. She’ll be 14 years old in a few days. She doesn’t shed, stink, bite, chew or otherwise mess up our house. She’s trained to use a doggie door and does so like a trooper. Outside, all she needs is a small area cordoned off for her business. I understand that there are dogs who will destroy everything in their path, but those dogs are not Precious.
Princess is our cat. She was rescued from the pound and is a few years younger than Precious. Like all cats, she very low profile. She uses her litter box without fail. She’s both spayed and de-clawed. She does not chew or claw or any other nasty stuff.
I know everyone says that about their pets, but mine really are virtually invisible, except for the gallons of love we get from them and the occasional outrageous vet bill. We’re willing to pay pretty much any pet deposit anyone wants to charge, because as long as it’s refundable, we know we’ll get it back. (Shame on those folks who want the pet deposit to be non-refundable and you know who you are.)
Anyway, there are a lot of landlords out there that won’t even consider renting to people with pets. I think this is a cause someone should take up. Used to be you couldn’t rent if you had kids. That’s called discrimination this day and time. My pets are my children, so if you won’t rent to us, then you’re discriminating against me. If you know of a petition I can sign somewhere, I’m in!
The Other Problem
The final hurdle between me and a rental was a one year lease. Now it would have been very easy to lie about the whole thing and let the chips fall where they might, but that’s not how I do things. We were willing to sign a six months lease. We were willing to pay more per month and we would have even paid a penalty, but we were turned down left and right. No shoes, no shirt, no service!
So what happened? I’ll tell you next week.