Dear Dan:

Is it weird or just my imagination?  The learned folks downtown treat rental housing as a business – that is to say (the man, big brother).  Yet, they don’t tell Safeway or Wal-Mart how much to sell their products for. They don’t tell the town barber how much to charge for a haircut.  Don’t even think of telling the pharmacist at Walgreens how much to charge for his pills.  And God forbid if they tell O’Connor Hospital what to charge for an ER procedure. These are all businesses also.

For a business to survive and provide satisfactory service and prosper or at least break even, it must be priced accordingly.  Why then intervene into one’s business of providing housing; one who has scrimped and saved to acquire a dwelling to provide housing?

It’s a known fact that most things will govern themselves and make the necessary corrections.  If the merchant prices a pound of sugar too high, it wouldn’t sell and sit on the shelf until the price was lowered.  If the barber charged too much for a hair cut, he would sit and read magazines all day instead of cutting hair.

That goes to say, if a rental until is priced too high, the price would be lowered after a few months of staying vacant.  That’s common sense.

Is that too much for those learned folks downtown to fathom, some that have bachelors and masters degrees?  They don’t seem to consider any of the needs of the people that have worked and saved to provide housing.  Even where there’s a court case involving tenant/landlord issues, the court leans toward the tenant.

An example of things correcting or governing themselves – speed signs are not needed on city streets; if a driver doesn’t want to destroy his vehicles suspension or bend a rim or blow a tire, he’ll drive accordingly; with the condition of the streets, it’s almost impossible to drive in excess of speed limits. I, for one, when seeking housing, if a unit is priced too high, I’ll move on to the next unit.  If the owner has his unit priced too high, he’ll lower it on his own after a few months of vacancy.   Anonymous

 

Dear Dan:

I have been a landlord for 30+ years with 1-22 units at various times.  Yet I still need to keep up on landlord issues.  I love your magazine.  I read it cover to cover.  I save specific articles.  This month I particularly love the “39 Money-Saving “Short Cuts” for Rental Housing Providers.”   I also love your forms that I can complete and save on the computer.  Now the forms are always readable. Thank you so much for charging reasonable yearly fees and providing good advice over the phone.

AOA is the best bargain and best provider of landlord assistance I have ever had.  A sincere thank you!   Sue N., Member

 

 Dear Dan:

Just writing a note to say how grateful I am for you and AOA.  I went to the trade show and would always pick a service that advertised with you.  Found Jim’s Flooring this time and ordered carpet.  Then, I renewed my membership. I’ve been with you a long time – 25+ years.  Thanks for everything!       Good health, Leslie Q.