My move from southern California to New Mexico was pure hell,thanks largely to the near impossibility of finding a home to rent (I could have had my pick of apartments,but I'm spoiled to living in a house).One house I fell in love with,but did not rent belonged to a woman who wanted to know about my religious beliefs.I had to be a Christian (I am),I couldn't smoke (I do),I couldn't drink (I do),I couldn't have "female" company that was not related to me,or my wife ( :blink: ,Yeah,right!),and I couldn't play certain types of music (basically all the kinds of music I love )...it was just so stupid,it was funny.
I eventually found a nice little 1-bedoom,1-bath in a respectable neighborhood...though the rent is steeper than I like.
I do feel that landlords are becoming a lot more discriminating.Their reasons?Well,I doubt the majority of them are purposely putting the thumbscrews to potential renters.Though I have met a few who seem to enjoy making unreasonable demands of their tenants,such as repeated walk-throughs of the property,etc.
I once lived in a flat that allowed pets,provided the renter paid a $25 per pet,per month additional rent.
When it all comes down to it,these homes are the owners' possessions and naturally they don't want them destroyed by careless tenants.Insurance is fine,but its always preferable to not have to repair your property in the first place.
If we must blame someone,blame the horrible tenants who through their destructive actions have brought all of us to this state of affairs in the first place.