I found out because one of Collin's co-workers, about to move into an apartment here, backed out because she made this discovery. We've been here over seven years and knew nothing of it. We knew about the druggies--the smell of pot lingering in the air is hard to miss (okay, I had to be told that stench wasn't just someone's really bad cooking, but now that I know....). We knew about the thefts and robberies. But this is news. Bad news.
It seems to me that anyone moving into the property should be informed of such tenants. Yes, I know, right to privacy and all that--our laws do more to protect the criminals than they do to protect law-abiding citizens--but don't we have a right to know our safety might be at risk?
Collin and I decided a while back to get our conceal and carry permits. The more I hear about our neighbors here, the more certain I am that it was the right decision.
As anyone who's been following this blog knows, I've had issues with the kids in our immediate area. The parents do little to monitor their activities. Even very young children are out and about, unattended, late at night. I wonder if these parents would be so cavalier about their kids if they knew there were predators nearby?
I swear, this has always been a good neighborhood--solid middle class, lots of families, good schools, shopping and entertainment nearby--in spite of how it sounds. Some of the apartment complexes have developed bad reputations, however. Allowing sex offenders and drug users does nothing to improve those bad reps, but still they're approved as renters.
I think landlords have an obligation to alert their tenants to the presence of registered sex offenders. I'll go further and say complexes that are family-friendly should be able and willing to reject sex offenders as tenants. What do you think?
*Be sure you check out William's blog taking aim at summer and our joint blog on Sherlock Holmes!