There’s something fundamentally demeaning about being a renter about having to ask permission to change the showerhead, about having to mentally deduct future losses from deposit checks for each nail hammered into the wall to hang family photos. There’s something degrading about the annual rent increase that comes with this implied taunt to its captive audience: What are you going to do, move out?
Reading an article on the INequities of being a renter in the new "landlord's world" in MotherJones and the writer wanting MORE protections for US renters like they have in Europe puts me in mind of Greece. Now, I'm not sure about the tenants' rights in Greece; however, their economy sucks and they are back for bail out after bail out from their European neighbors because of their entitlement mentality.
If American tenants do not want to ask permission to change a showerhead, YES, they can buy their own house OR rent a property with the showerhead they wish to have.
They can ALSO prioritize their housing needs so that location, amenities, schools and distance to shops and work are MORE important than the number of nails they can use to hang pictures or the amount of money they will be refunded from their security deposit.
WOW! I wonder if they realize how GOOD they have it when they are NOT being hounded by a mortgage company for money they do not have because they refinanced their home of 10 years to buy a new car and be able to WRITE OFF their interest?
I wonder if they realize that NOT getting their $1,000 security deposit back is ALMOST as bad as losing all of their home's equity which is what they were going to use to send their youngest child to college?
Somehow, the glass is ALWAYS Half Full to many who are fortunate to have roofs over their heads!