It’s been officially acknowledged and certified by the Lost Coast Journal that we indeed have a housing shortage, if not a crisis, on the North Coast. Apparently something like 500 students who started school in August are still looking for housing. That is ridiculous! Why hasn’t a public health crisis been declared? What is HSU doing about it??? Many unanswered questions.
I rent out my extra room and bath. I resisted it for years, then got smart. A tenant solves a lot of problems. An extra hand for heavy chores, someone to watch the dog when I’m out of town, lots of advantages. Plus the extra income is like crack; you are instantly addicted. What’s puzzling to me is that with all the shortage talk, the PRICE for a room hasn’t really gone up at all. I charge $600 for a furnished room with private bath, in a decent area. I’ve only seen a couple of ads on Craig’s List that want more for a room. So the law of supply and demand doesn’t seem to be applicable.
Craig’s List is always a good read. It’s amazing how many folks want to rent a room for nothing or “work in exchange for rent”. Who does that except for growers? I usually don’t have to list my vacancy. I just scan Craig’s lIst for people looking for housing who sound reasonable.
Anyway, my new tenant is moving in this week. Happy New Year!