Silicon Valley housing prices are pretty high and the rents are as well. This is just the supply-demand situation in this really cool area and I can accept that. 🙂 But there is an evil that lives deep in the heart of the Silicon Valley apartment landscape: Pet rent.
Of course pet deposits are standard in most places and they make sense. A cat can do all manner of things to carpets and floors and I am content to put down a deposit. But at least 1/2 of the big property management companies want pet rent ($25-$50 per pet). What is next? Baby rent, spouse rent, plant rent?
My wife and I are looking at apartments right now and the first thing we ask of a building manager is whether they charge pet rent. If they do I explain that we will not pay pet rent and we leave. I hope there are other people out there that do the same and perhaps eventually the practice will fade away.
Our current place does not charge pet rent so I know it is not impossible to find sanity if you look hard enough.