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High Rental Costs
By Katherine Wood


April 23, 2009

I too think rental costs in Ketchikan are extreme. I have two children and I am renting on my own for the first time. It is such a struggle, not fun at all. I am a hard working person who has a fairly good job and I can never get ahead. It makes me sick when I talk to my mom in Oregon who rents a 3 bedroom 2 bath brand new house with a 2 car garage, a grassy front yard with a fenced grassy back yard and a dog and she only pays $750 a month. I pay $1007 a month not including utilities and that's in a 2 bedroom 1 bath APARTMENT in a four-plex.

It really is just craziness and something should be done. I understand why some renters should be cautious, however I also think if I was a renter and someone who was renting from me wasn't paying rent I would be sure to collect or have them out within the next month. NOT give them repeated eviction notices with no action!

Also if it is the case that rent is so high here because of instances like that, why not credit or favor the few good renters who pay rent on time and don't trash the places and let them prove themselves and then lower the cost of rent based on "good behavior".

Katherine Wood
Ketchikan, AK

Received April 22, 2009 - Published April 23, 2009


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