Rental property concerns

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dear Editor:

Like most everyone in my Harbor Lake subdivision here in Goose Creek, I purchased my house in a quiet, well kept, medium income, family neighborhood. It has always been very quiet with a fairly low amount of crime.
Mostly it still is. However, I am starting to see a drastic change in the way our neighborhood looks. As more and more of the houses go on the market to be sold and often when they do not sell are put on the rental market, the appearance of the property starts to go downhill.
Without stereotyping, I’d say that often renters do not care what the front yard of their house looks like nor does the landlord as long as the rent is on time.  If a yard has grass that looks like a wheat field, neither the trees nor bushes are trimmed, trash is always on the curb, the Christmas lights are still up from last year (that may be a redneck thing?) and the house needs paint, the house is most likely a rental property.
Now I have nothing against renters, because for years I either rented an apartment or lived in government quarters while I was in the military, but I always had rules on keeping my property up to acceptable standards. I know our neighborhood/Berkeley County  has a code enforcement officer that can assist with some of  these issues because I have called them before and they have assisted. However, I would just like to ask the landlords who own the properties get involved and help keep the Harbor Lake subdivision a nice place to live. Your assistance may also help both of our property values so that when the economy does come back, selling our houses for a decent market value might be an option.
Sorry if I offended anyone, but if the shoe fits (renter or owner)  please help with correcting this issue!     

Raymond Clark
Goose Creek

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