Letters from our readers: Allowing pets in rentals brings up myriad issues

I am a property owner who owns three dogs and I consider myself an animal lover. But, I waited until my children were grown and out of the house before I got the dogs because my son has always been asthmatic and is highly allergic to animal dander.

Asthma can be labeled a disability. If I am required to rent to a tenant with a dog and I have an asthmatic tenant in the same building, do I tell the asthmatic tenant tough luck?

What happens if I have a six-unit apartment building where there are six dogs and a dog leaves a mess on the lobby floor, but no one admits responsibility? Who do I hold accountable for cleaning up the mess? What happens if an irresponsible tenant’s dog bites one of my other tenants? Who will be held accountable?

Our politicians have not thought this issue through. In today’s tough economic climate, I would prefer to see City Hall come up with solutions to fix San Francisco’s financial problems.

Pansy Mar, San Francisco

 

Keep the pets out

How soon we forget about the tragic mauling death of the young female lacrosse coach killed by a neighboring tenant’s dog in Pacific Heights. I am a property manager and have seen the damage that pets and negligent pet owners can cause to rental property.

Not everyone wants to live in the same vicinity as animals. Don’t renters without pets have the right to live in an animal-free building?

Do San Francisco landlords have any rights left at all?

Chris Fitzsimons, San Francisco

 

City’s next move

So is it time for San Francisco to offer “sanctuary” to Roman Polanski?

William J. Coburn, San Francisco

 

Moore hits nail on head

Hardly a year has passed since President George W. Bush asked Americans to support his $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. In spite of a large-scale PR campaign that the “sky was falling,” the American people held their collective noses and correctly experienced the strong stench of a massive cover-up. Wall Street may have lost billions in risky, irresponsible transactions, but its sound investment of millions in campaign contributions paid off handsomely.

In a recent interview, Michael Moore correctly surmised that Wall Street was really “a house of cards that had been constructed to create the illusion of wealth for the investor class.” It is a sad indictment of our times that governments continue to be tightly controlled and only respond to influential lobbyists, not the collective will of the American people. Moore deserves much credit for his efforts exposing the gross abuse of power of the “ruling” elite.

Tej Uberoi, Los Altos

 

Eye for an eye

President Jimmy Carter recently claimed that many Republicans who opposed President Barack Obama did so because they are closet racists. Now that many Democrats seem to be opposing Obama’s prior commitment to fight “the good war” in Afghanistan, shouldn’t they too be labeled as racists?

Scott Abramson, San Mateo

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