One of the most annoying aspects of trying to find a place for Della, Lily and I to live in the area around White Salmon is the lack of common courtesy. I can't tell you how many times in the past 10 weeks Della and/or I have contacted a person advertising a place to rent and we have received absolutely no response. These ads keep popping up on Craig's List or Gorge.net Classifieds every few days and yet, if you contact them by email or phone, they don't contact you.
There is a particular larger-than-average studio apartment in BZ Corners that has been advertised off and on for nearly 6 weeks. About one month ago, I contacted the poster, but they didn't respond. I thought that, maybe, they had already lined up a renter. Then, at the first of last week, the ad appeared again on Gorge.net. (For this to happen, the person must manually repost it.) This time Della made the contact and here we are 6 days later and still no response.
What is the point of running an ad IF you won't respond to people who express an interest? (I should note that I googled the person who posted the ad and she is a prominent citizen in the White Salmon area.)
While that situation was maddening enough, one we faced a few days ago took the cake. Last Sunday Della went to look at a place in Hood River and thought it would serve our needs very well. She seemed to establish good rapport with the couple who were looking to rent it out. The husband sent me an email that said his wife would get with Della on Tuesday to give her the rental application. We haven't heard from them since!
Della sent a text to the wife on Tuesday evening. Neither she nor her husband has responded.
What is so damn difficult about contacting us to say that a) they decided to rent the house to somebody else, b) they don't think we would be a good fit, c) some unexpected emergency has come up to delay the process or d) they've decided not to rent out the house after all?
In terms of another apartment Della looked at, we had some questions for the property management company. The representative of that company told Della she would try to find out answers for our questions and then contact Della in a day or two. As I am sure you can guess, we have heard nothing for two weeks. In this case, we're not AS peeved because we probably wouldn't have decided to rent it anyway.
Still, it begs the question: What has happened to common courtesy?