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July 11, 2013

David asks…

How can I move out on a budget and any good apartment tips?

I have no chose but to move out and live on my own because the one of the people that I am living with is not treating me with respect and expects me to be the maid.
I am trying to look for one asap because I just can’t stand it. Any suggestions on how to save on renting an apartment. . Which way will I save more if I negotiate electric and other expenses in my rent or keep it a separate bill. Any tips where I can find things for my apartment at a cheep deal?

Administrator answers:

While your utilities won’t be negotiable, look for deals on leases online. For example, websites like Hubbuzz.com give you $100 if you find an apartment with them. Living with another person is almost always cheaper than living alone. Try posting an ad on Craigslist listing exactly what you’re looking for in a roommate and see if anyone emails you.
When you’re looking for decor, try the local thrift and antique stores. Check Craigslist for garage and estate sales, they’re a great place to put your negotiating skills to good use. Back to the issue of utilities, you can keep them to a minimum by doing things like watching your ac/heat use, washing with cold water if you have a washing machine, turning lights off when you don’t need them and other things, research that online.
Good luck!

Robert asks…

best way to promote an apartment to rent in Rome?

I have this apartment in Rome, very central (near the spanish steps) and I’m try to rent it to people that they want to visi the city, but my business is still very slow.
where I can promote?
At the moment I’m using craigslist.
Any Idea is very welcome!
I also did a little website www.acj.it/tritone
For Denise: you are 50% right , but I’m really looking for ideas to how promote my business and the people that answer before you, they really give me concrete and good suggestions that I’m already following.

Administrator answers:

Take out a classified ad on SlowTrav.com – these are serious travelers that like to stay in one place for a while, hence the name “Slow Trav.”

List your apartment on Venere.com

List your apartment in the online & print edition of WantedInRome.com

Sign up with an agency and let them take care of it for you. The agency will take a commission but they will also deal with interaction with the client. You just sit back & collect your money.

Betty asks…

How can I leave the appartament before the bail finished ?

Hi! We have just arrived in Quebec, we rent an appartament in Greenfield Park (Longueuil) but we found jobbs in another regoin; the bail is available untill 1 June 2013 ; how can we leave the appartament before the bail finishe ? there are any options ? what should we do ?

Thank you !

Administrator answers:

Its called a LEASE TRANSFER, very common in Montreal

You put ads up (on Craigslist most likely), and you do showings of the place, and then you sign over the apartment to the new tenants, and they take your lease/bail

I would talk to your landlord, s/he has much experience with this stuff

but remember, you are responsible for the lease, you cannot just leave, you will have to eventually pay….(if you do not transfer it)

John asks…

What are the average monthly rent rates for an apartment, condo or room in LA Glendale Burbank or Pasadena?

Pretty much anything from that area. I would be moving as a college age guy so I would prefer it be as low as possible [though i would not like to live in a rat hole:)} and whats the best way to circulate an ad for a room mate? Also how is the job market in that area as far as small jobs go like clerks of waiters?

Administrator answers:

You may have better luck asking this in the Travel – Los Angeles section. Tons of locals there to help you.

I would say average rents there for a condo for a one bedroom would be somewhere around 1300 to 1500 a month for an okay area but I may be guessing too low. You may get lucky with the occasional 1100 one but I would be iffy about the area.

The job market in California is just HORRIBLE. There are literally no jobs, not even in remedial things such as for waiters or even fast food. Even if you managed a job like that, to pay for an apartment (even with a roommate), paying for a car, gas, insurance, paying for food and all that PLUS paying for college would be very overwhelming and virtually impossible. If you don’t live in California already you will be paying an out of state tuition which is often times double what an in state person would pay. Pray for a scholarship that includes free room and board.

Susan asks…

Someone can give me tips to the best way to rent a house or apartment owner directly?

I want to rent a flat or house in Norwich, England directly from the owner and not by Real estate because of their taxes but has been a difficult task.Many ads on sites like gumtree be to fool people with schemes by western union transfers and is a waste of time .
Someone can give me tips to the best way to rent a house or apartment owner directly, since I have the money, but wanted to see if i paid only one rents month instead of two and was an honest business.

Administrator answers:

Try gumtree or loot or local advertisment boads in shops as many legitimate private landlords advertise there (there are some scams so never give cash deposits on the door without proof, cheque is better). The landlord must provide an EPC for the property by law and place any deposit in a protected scheme within 10 days.
Of course you can get a discount on agency rates direct as the agent takes 10% from the owner just for finding a tenant so he will consider lower offers

Linda asks…

Someone can give me tips to the best way to rent a house or apartment owner directly?

I want to rent a flat or house in Norwich, England directly from the owner and not by Real estate because of their taxes but has been a difficult task.Many ads on sites like gumtree be to fool people with schemes by western union transfers and is a waste of time .
Someone can give me tips to the best way to rent a house or apartment owner directly, since I have the money, but wanted to see if i paid only one rents month instead of two and was an honest business.

Administrator answers:

Try OzAdz – it’s free and not full of scammers.

Lisa asks…

Which website is the best to help find apartments where I live?

A website that shows pictures and list all information possible about the apartment.

Administrator answers:

The best website with apartment listings across a wide swath of locations around the world is craigslist. There may or may not be photos, depending on person who lists. Photos may or may not be recent, or of the specific unit. Complexes take photos in one staged unit only! Lots of scams, so be very careful & do your due diligence!

NO single website offers all you are looking for. Craigslist gets lots of ads simply because it is free for private owners. Other sites require payment, and fees can be high. Therefore, they tend to attract only large, expensive complexes with professional management companies, not smaller buildings or those let by the owner. You can end up paying 50% more for apts in large complexes or those which pay to advertise on pricy sites.

Local newspapers, especially local weekly & pennysaver-type papers, remain a good source of local apartment listings.

Nothing replaces boots on the ground. You absolutely must go and LOOK at (actually, inspect thoroughly!) a lot of apartments, interview landlords & management companies, take measurements, etc, to find an apt which might suit you.

Never found anything on apartments.com or rent.com – the two websites most commonly cited. Costly advertising!

Mark asks…

How does rent and utilities work?

I’m 20 and I don’t know any of this yet, haha. Looking to rent my first apartment sometime next year. So for example, say an ad says a shared a partment is… $400 a month WITHOUT utilities, which say are another 80-100. What does ‘utilities’ include? And also, do people usually pay rent with a check or how does it work?

Sorry for all the questions but I know someone with experience will help me out. 10pts right away :) thanks!

Administrator answers:

The first thing you should ask your prospective landlord is: Define Utilities for me please.

For apartments everywhere I’ve lived thus far (10 different places give or take) Water, Sewer and Garbage have been paid. Most landlords don’t want to risk a tenant destroying the property by using the building with no way to clean it (water) or be rid of their refuse (sewer and garbage). However, I live on the west coast of the US, where this is customary. In other parts of the world, and the US, it may not be the case.

Electricity and Natural Gas for heating and cooking purposes are Utilities that you can actively control the amount of money you spend if the bill is on you, whereas if the bill is on the Landlord they can’t control the amount you spend, and thus risk eating up your rental payments if they happened to be included, which is why very few landlords pay for those two utilities.

Some people consider phones, internet, and television to also be utilities, but these things are actually luxuries. The only place I’ve ever lived that included these in the rent were campus dorm rooms or apartments, and even then, they only sometimes included television. For these three things you can control whether or not you have them, and if you do have them, how much you’re willing to pay for them.

As for the rent payment: Ask your potential landlord how they want rent payments. Some Property Management companies will have online payment abilities on their websites, similar to shopping online. Some landlords are wary and will only accept cashier’s checks or money orders. Some will take a personal handwritten check. It all depends on the owner or manager of the property.

Real Estate, including Rental properties, is a game. Be willing to learn how to play, and you won’t get screwed. And: Rent prices can be negotiated! Don’t forget that! Shop around as well, and as you shop (even if you just look on craigslist as often as possible) you will begin to notice what the fair range for rentals in your area is.

Good luck! To make sure you have everything you need for your first place check out the First Apartment Checklist on Squawkfox.com

Richard asks…

If I Get a Job Out of Town, How Can I Get An Apartment?

Assuming I have no relocation assistance, and not enough money for the first month’s rent and deposit and all that?

Thanks.

Administrator answers:

Find the local newspaper, and look for ads for a roommate to save on expenses until you are financially settled.

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