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January 6, 2013

George 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:

About $1200 for a one bedroom on the low end, but you might be able to find something a bit less that is OK, with a lot of looking. Typically, landlords will want you to have one bedroom per adult if they aren’t a couple. And you need to be sure you are allowed to rent to a roommate. You might find a 2 bedroom for $1500 and a single for $900.

Craigslist is one way to advertise for roommates, but it can be really sketchy, you could end up with someone casing your place. In Pasadena, you can see about posting for roommates on the boards around PCC (Pasadena City College), and see if Caltech, Fuller, Pacific Oaks, Occidental have similar boards. In Glendale there is Glendale Community College.

The job market is the same all over LA, sucky. Entry level jobs are being taken by laid-off over-qualified adults with families. Expect you’ll be looking for a job for 4 months, maybe longer. You might get lucky though, but really get out there and put in apps everywhere. There are plenty of places in those cities, from Target, to many restaurants (Islands?), IKEA in Burbank, the malls (Paseo, Santa Anita, Galleria, Americana, etc). Check out Old Town Pasadena.

Wait jobs are hard to come by, many have been laid off. Very few people are eating out now.

Good luck!

Ruth asks…

Is the Josh Block apartment in Columbus Ohio a scam?

II responded to a Craigslist apartment ad in Columbus Ohio that was too good to be true from a Josh Block who is supposedly in London. Won’t give me address of apartment in columbus Ohio. Is it a scam?

Administrator answers:

100% scam.

There is no apartment for rent.

There are stolen pictures of someone else’s apartment.

There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

Any phone number that starts with +44-70 or anything similar is not based in the United Kingdom. It is from a UK based cell phone redirect service that can be answered by anyone anywhere in the world. It is a favorite service of scammers who want to pretend to be in the United Kingdom but are really half way around the world from there.

The next email will be from another of the scammer’s fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the “agent/assistant/lawyer” and will demand you pay for “deposit and rent”, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.

Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his ‘potential sucker’ list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don’t bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn’t worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

If you google “fake apartment rent scam”, “western union house rental fraud” or something similar you will find hundreds of posts of victims and near victims of this type of scam.

Donna asks…

What section of Jersey City is the least expensive to live in?

What would a 2 bedroom apartment rent be?

Administrator answers:

Greenville, but it’s far from the PATH train and Greenville is hit or miss. Nice house, Crack house, Nice house, Scene of gang shooting, Nice house ….

There are some nice places in the Heights section. Craigslist is overpriced for Jersey City. Your best bet is the Jersey Journal or Hudson Reporter for apartment ads. You could get a nice place for 1,200.00

Mark asks…

When looking to rent an apartment what does +escrow mean?

I am looking to rent an apartment in a city that I have never lived in before and I noticed many of the ads say Rent +utilities +escrow. What is escrow when you are renting?

Administrator answers:

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