Hi all, Good Morning!
Hope your week is off to a good start. You can’t be in the country right now without being bombarded with hype about the election today. As an independent I call issues as I see them and want to vote. Unless you’re living in a cave—which, we hear, is a great way to save on rent—you know that election season is in full swing. Are you going to vote today?
Did you know that homeowners vote more than tenant? According to MSN Real Estate, if renters turned out in the same numbers as homeowners, we’d have another 11.2 million people showing up to the polls. When tenants don’t vote, their voices aren’t as well represented at any level of government, and their particular issues and needs are less likely to get attention. Plus, in my opinion, if you don’t vote, you’re not allowed to complain about politics!!
If you think politics don’t matter, think again. The rules of apartment renting, from habitability standards to eviction proceedings, were set by government officials—many of them elected. Need a stark example? Your votes could be the difference between you paying for building damage out of pocket, or your landlord having to take care of it.
Perhaps you just want to rent your apartment, go about your business, and leave the politics to the politicians. But… how much are you spending on credit card interest this month? Are you on food stamps, or might you need to be in the future? Where do you get your health care? Does your job pay minimum wage? What is your tax rate? For better or worse, the federal government has a hand in each of these issues, and all of them can affect how much money you have left over for rent. Leaving the politics to the politicians means turning over your interests to whomever some other guy elects to office.
Take care of yourself! GET OUT THERE TODAY, AND MAKE SURE RENTERS’ VOICES ARE HEARD!