1:47 AM yesterday yuiop commented on Kshama Sawant Wants to Make Life Easier for Renters by Capping Landlord Fees.
@14: As a landlord I would probably lose money if we lift the ban on rent control. However, as a citizen I would consider it my duty to support such a proposal if it would promote affordable housing. But would it? Landlords need to make a modest profit (after mortgages, taxes, maintenance, and fees), or at least break even for some years while the property appreciates. If rents are too low to pay for expenses, many landlords might sell their properties and buyers would condo them out, thereby creating even greater scarcity. The remaining units might be rent controlled, but good luck finding one. So rent control would have to be very carefully crafted or it would have the opposite of its intended effect.
12:59 AM yesterday yuiop commented on Kshama Sawant Wants to Make Life Easier for Renters by Capping Landlord Fees.
@12: I have been a small-time landlord for over a decade, and never has a tenant left one of my units in as good condition (let alone better) as when they moved in, because it's spotless when they move in. If a departing tenant were really to bring it back to that same level of cleanliness I would be thrilled to refund their cleaning fee. But that's never happened, so I think in my case the fee is justified. I agree that a cleaning fee is bogus if the place is dirty when you move in, though.

Regarding the credit check, I view that as an unfortunate necessity. I just charge what the report costs me -- no markup. And I try to avoid running the check on anyone unnecessarily. Probably 80% of prospects who pay the fee end up in the apartment. But it's essential to carefully evaluate a tenant's ability to afford the place before they move in. Once they are in, if they simply stop paying their rent, it costs many thousands to evict them. (Two or three months of lost rent -- or more if your court case fails to go smoothly -- plus lawyer fees, court costs, moving and storage fees for their stuff, etc., as required by law. And of course you still have to pay your mortgage, utilities, taxes and other fees.)
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Jul 13 yuiop commented on Seattle Police Guild President Resigns After Offensive Facebook Post.
Per The Seattle Times, Smith said they deleted the post because it was (yep, you guessed it) "taken out of context." How can a three line post, widely reported in its entirety, be taken out of context? Except these days, "I was taken out of context" just means "I was held responsible for my own bigoted stupidity."
Jun 27 yuiop commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Old Dirty Pics Piss Off Sex-Starved Spouse.
So the porn-policing guy is angry and hurt that his wife likes (or "needs") pictures of dicks that don't cause her physical pain. Or that are not attached to the snotty, selfish, insecure asshole that she made the mistake of marrying. Yep, a good marriage counselor should be able to fix that in two or three sessions.
Jun 27 yuiop commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Old Dirty Pics Piss Off Sex-Starved Spouse.
@2: that's a joke. Of course the guy is going to read the comments.
Jun 17 yuiop commented on Wait. Where Was Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) During Yesterday's Fillibuster?.
@16: Yeah, anybody who doesn't believe in your NRA talking points is an idiot.
May 26 yuiop commented on 50 Places in Seattle That You're Taking for Granted.
Lots of great places to spend money. But it's the free stuff we take for granted. Like carkeek park, at sunset, in July, with food and a friend or two.
May 12 yuiop commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: I've Looked At Accidental Anal From Both Sides Now.
The apology for accidental anal should include consent to be pegged with equal force.
Apr 27 yuiop commented on Imaginative Anarchists Are Holding a Downtown Rock Concert With the Gender Justice League on May Day.
They should do a concert to promote critical thinking skills.
Apr 25 yuiop commented on Cruz and Kasich Team Up to Defeat Republican Voters (by Losing on Purpose).
In Bernie Sanders we don't have an "alternative" to the entrenched system that allows millionaires to dodge taxes or manipulate their money to make more money. We just have a guy who is proposing some ideas. Like Obama proposed immigration reform, or increasing the minimum wage, or equal pay for women, or a cap on C02 emissions. Even if he becomes president, Bernie won't give us an alternative to the current system unless he gets his proposals through congress.