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Rental costs in Ketchikan
By Heather Wills


May 17, 2009

Let me tell you about us. I stay at home during the week and waitress on the weekends and he works full time at the hospital and is going to school for Nursing. I consider us to be very good renters. We have two small children, no pets, we don't smoke or stay out late, don't play loud music, always pay our rent on time and take very good care of our little apartment.

With all utilities added in we pay about 1,100 a month for our two bedroom place, this goes down a little in the summer and up a little in the winter, due to (propane) heating costs. From what I've seen in the papers and on here, we have one of the better deals in town for a two bedroom place, even if it is small. Even though I like the area we live in, I would love to have more space, and a yard! Oh my gosh what I wouldn't give for a grassy yard for the boys to play in! That is pretty much out the picture for us though, most places advertised would cost us 2/3 or more of our total monthly income, so I guess, we could move up to a bigger place as long as we stop buying food, gas, and diapers.

It bothers me that some people seem to think that if you can't pay a high rent then you must be a "certain" type of person, someone is loud, smokes in the house, has a pet even if it's not allowed, or is just dirty person who trashes their place. I've known people like that too, and it stinks that they are making it so much harder for everyone else. I'm not sure what the solution is, I just wanted to let people know that you can't judge a person by how much they can pay.

Heather Wills
Ketchikan, AK

Received May 14, 2008 - Published May 17, 2009


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