Relocating to Teach
Hey there. I have been scouring these posts for the last several weeks. I am preparing to make a transition to USVI in the fall to teach at an elementary school. I am desperately trying to get in contact with someone who relocated from the states to the islands so I can get some information in regards to teaching AND relocating. I have a gazillion questions, but right now I would love to know:
1. I am all about culture. I want to move and intermingle with the locals. Ive just spent 2 years working in a low income school in Las Vegas and really loved living in the same neighborhood as my students. Is this feesible?...as in finding some place that is safe and I can get to live like and mingle with locals?
2. Also, is it possible to find a place that will rent with a pet? About 95% of every rental I've come across has been no pets. My dog is a service animal and I am not sure if the ADA laws apply on the islands like they do in the states.
So, basically, if anyone is a teacher or relocated to teach, can you please get in touch with me? Thanks a ton!
lots of places do take animals. is this stc? if so call pam at coldwell banker gallows bay-you can find the number on line. i know there is a vacant apt where i live and it takes pets. it is a small 2 bedroom. in town.
i would think the ada applies here as it does in the states? others with more knowledge on that subject can pipe up.
cost of living will be higher than what you are used to.
just read and ask a lot of questions, you will do fine and have fun
Eventhough ADA applies there, you will find it hard to find a place on the island that allows dogs. There are a few that allow cats and maybe even a small dog (rare) but there are a few. But large dogs is going to be difficult. I agree, try and find a realtor who can assist you in locating a place. Also most won't rent to you unless you are on island to visibly view the property yourself. Have you been to the islands before? If not, I would recomend making a trip to the islands and go to a school and monitor one for day or two.
Neither can they discriminate against race or religion, but they do all the time. It's called, " I have other people interested in the apartment before you and if they don't take it, I'll call you". But you never get that call. I can tell you from experience, my wife's relatives who own or are related to people who own most of the Hull Bay area and rent houses/apartments and NONE of them rents to tenants with dogs, a few with cats and NO BIRDS service or otherwise. Now I'm sure if someone wanted to push the issue, they would require an outrageous damage/pet deposit, making the rental unrealistic.
I can tell you from experience, my wife's relatives who own or are related to people who own most of the Hull Bay area and rent houses/apartments and NONE of them rents to tenants with dogs, a few with cats and NO BIRDS service or otherwise.
Have to dispute that generalization, Mike. I live in Lerkenlund and just on the private road (6 houses) where I live, every rental has at least one dog and several have two while I have several friends who rent in the general area, all the way down to Hull Bay, who have dogs. Some landlords are dead set against animals and some aren't - just like everywhere else.
I allow dogs at my single family rental house which has a fenced back yard as long as poop is picked up and the animals present no issues which are outlined in the lease agreement. My present tenants have 2 huge, very sweet Great Danes and will be going on their 3rd year in residence when they renew their lease again this summer which they have already contacted me to do. I have another rental that I use mainly for short term/vacation/PMV rentals in which I don't allow pets, however so it depends on the circumstances. Many of the homeowners/landlords that I deal with do allow pets depending on type and proven lack of aggression from the pet's last veterinarian. Some do require a pet damage deposit in addition to the regular security deposit. If you have certification papers for your service dog and a letter from your vet with regard to your dogs temperament, your animal is properly trained and not destructive, you will have an easier time finding a rental.
There are more rentals that allow pets than people lead you to believe. Not to mention I tell people looking for places that a landlord, after meeting you and your pet could very easily change their mind.be upfront and offer a pet deposit. I looked at over a dozen rentals in January and only one wouldn't allow pets.. our cats. Dogs are a bit harder IME but I know two places right now with killer views, great breezes and allow pets.
Many condo associations have very strict rules about animals and the individual owners cannot ignore those rules. Most people have better luck with apartments in private homes. There, even if the owner says no pets/dogs, he/she is able to make an exception after they meet you and your animal.