Don't Fear the Renter

Kevin Klinkenberg looks at the fear of "alternative lifestyles": that is, those who rent.

Klinkenberg was recently working remotely, and found himself surrounded by folks who felt renters were inherently bad and would never care for their community and their homes:

He writes:

"The idea that all renters will let a property deteriorate, simply by virtue of not having an ownership interest, is folly. Do groups of college kids sharing a beat-up old house care about its upkeep? For the most part, no. Are there people who simply have no respect for others, and will trash a place? Absolutely.

But to lump all the negatives into the renter category is absurd. How many of us know homeowners who don't know how or care to maintain their property?"

Full Story: In Defense of “Alternative Lifestyles”

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