Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I Am Exposing: The Overt But Hidden Room Rental Discrimination in Jackson County, Oregon

Many disabled room-renters are not encouraged with the increasingly common and overt discrimination we have received while looking for rooms to rent in Jackson County, Oregon.

This category of discrimination falls under "lifestyle".

What I mean by "lifestyle," is not sexual preference; but a discrimination against a retired and disabled room renter, who chooses to stay at home most of the time.

Over the last two years, here in Ashland/Talent/ Medford, so many people that are renting rooms, are making a bizarre and selfish DEMAND that the renter must be gone for 8 hours of the day; or 40 hours of the week!

As one of the many disabled/semi-retired persons, who live on a fixed income; we cannot live up to the fickle whims of an inconsiderate person with unreasonable demands. Why shouldn't I and many others like me have the freedom to live as we are? Why shouldn't our individual lifestyles be one hundred percent accepted? There is no good answer to that question, in my humble opinion.

I am and have been applying for the few rooms that are available on Craigslist; that are already extremely limited, due to:

1) currently there is a low vacancy rate of just 1% in Jackson county...which adds to the homeless population.
2) people that rent out rooms are gouging the poor for rentals of rooms; asking for $525 - $750...NOT including utilities....for a basic room..(HELLO?...we are RENTING the room; not BUYING it !)
3) gender discrimination...because I am not a female...only 40% of the ads are open to me as a male.
4) noisy locations (right on a busy highway or close to one), screaming kids, marijuana indulgences , excessive drinking, parties, and other general rudeness.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: all those who are renting rooms...please consider not taking advantage of the poor. There is no reason that rents should be more than 10% higher than they were four years ago; except for greed.

A renter of a room should be able to come and go as they please, as long as they are respectful of the noise, privacy, and security rules of the home.

I have been renting rooms all over the country (from New York to Hawaii) for the last 20 years, and Oregon is the ONLY PLACE where this weird discrimination takes place...

Please reconsider this offensive attitude toward the salt of the earth that you are persecuting...purely for momentary financial gain...

but at what cost?.....everyone must ask that question of themselves....


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