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Your Questions About Apartment Advertising

November 6, 2012

Richard asks…

What does CA stand for in advertising an apartment for rent?

Administrator answers:

Central air

Mark asks…

Advertising to Renters in Apartment Complex?

I am looking to advertise to renters. I realize that apartment complexes are private property and solicitors are not welcome. What is the best/easiest way to advertise to these renters??

Administrator answers:

Mail to Occupant

Linda asks…

Apartment advertising non-existent amenities?

I have been living at my apartment complex for 6 years. It’s gotten pretty bad but I can’t afford to live anywhere else.

They advertise on Craigslist, that the amenities they offer (which we all know get figured into the rent) are a “sparkling pool” and “exercise room”.

Well, the pool is filthy and has been closed for 5 out of the 6 years I’ve lived here. And the exercise room has been filthy, stinky, and with ALL non-functioning/broken equipment for the past 3 years.

The rent was $850 when I first moved in, in 2005. It’s since gone up to $975, but the increase occurred when the pool and exercise room were still in decent repair and/or functional.

Can they rightfully advertise these amenities when they are, for lack of better words, non-existent? Do they have a right to still charge the $975 when 2 of the major amenities that are supposed to be part of this rental charge are non-functioning?

Administrator answers:

Honey, EVERY apartment advertises a sparkling pool, comfortable fitness center, lush grounds, beautiful landscaping, and a one-of-a-kind living experience! Yeah, it’s one-of-a-kind all right! How else do you think they’re going to lease their apartments? Have you ever heard of any apartment advertising “filthy pool, fitness center with broken equipment, the trashiest grounds you’ve ever laid eyes on, and the laziest staff they could find?” I mean, really. Just like most restaurants advertise “delicious food”–we all know some are fibbing. They do have a pool and they do have a fitness center, so they aren’t lying, just exaggerating.

Rent should cover those amenities, but really, it doesn’t. Their rental rates come from what other complexes are charging, and either pricing themselves competitively or seeing how much extra they can squeeze out of you because other places are squeezing more out of their tenants. They have every right to raise their rates, and you have every right to deny them if you think they’re out of their minds! I know you mentioned that you can’t afford to live anywhere else, but they are still not forcing you to accept those rates or those conditions.

If you really want to make an effort at getting things fixed, I would speak with the manager (if you haven’t done so already). If you have or he/ she seem unapproachable or uncooperative, head directly to the property management company. A lot of the time the management company is located in another state and doesn’t get wind of what’s really going on at the complex. Instead, they rely on what the apt. Manager/staff tells them, which of course is likely going to be favorable.

Thomas asks…

What is the best place to advertise an apartment?

I need to sublease my apartment, and I’ve posted (with pictures) on craigslist, www.roommates.com, and some local sites. I am not really getting a response. What are the best strategies for advertising the place? Online, or should I post fliers everywhere??

Also, is it better to give a lot of details in an ad, or less details so you dont scare anyone off?

Administrator answers:

If you are not getting any responses it probably means your price is too high. Have you looked at the other ads on Craigslist to see where you are relative to similar apartments? I think some people are leery of subleasing. If the remaining lease term is too short or if you are renting a furnished apartment, you are likely to have fewer prospects.
In Chicago, a free weekly paper called “The Reader” used to be THE place for advertising in much of the city. Craigslist seems to have taken over as the first place anyone with Internet access will look for an apartment. You can try a local paper, and post signs in the neighborhood where allowed. Local colleges might be another possibility.
You want to list positives: location, new appliances and finishes, good light, pets allowed, etc. If you have flattering pictures, post them too. If you don’t want to list the address on Craigslist, at least put the nearest intersection. If I see an ad without a specific location, I assume its nowhere I want to live.

George asks…

Apartment advertised a dishwasher, in reality there is no dishwasher. How should I proceed?

I just moved into a one bedroom apartment. My landlord had sent me a written description of the unit where it listed the point by point amenities of the place. One of the listing was a “New Dishwasher.”

I had a look at the apartment, but I was much more concerned with space and measurements then the appliances. I forgot to look at the appliances.

Turns out, not only was the dishwasher not new, there was NO dishwasher in the unit at all.

I asked my landlord about this and he blew me off saying it was my fault because I looked at the apartment already (I agree, that was kind of dumb of me) and I should have realized what the unit had and didn’t have.

The dishwasher isn’t listed in the lease, but, none of the amenities of the apartment are listed.

How should I proceed? Is this legal?

Thanks so much for your help. Truly appreciated.

Administrator answers:

Contact the renters associtaion for your area and the BBB. Tell them what you said here and what you want done.

Michael asks…

If an apartment advertises itself as non-smoking, does that just mean in the property?

I’m a smoker, who just recently rented an apartment, thinking that it just meant on the property itself, but does it really mean no smokers? I just don’t want to get in trouble!

Administrator answers:

What it really means is that you cannot smoke in or on the property.

Donna asks…

How big is the office/study/extra room in a “one plus bedroom” apartment?

Me and a friend are looking for apartments in Boston, Massachusetts. We want an apartment close to downtown, but the rents are very high. I’ve been seeing a number of apartments advertised as “1+ bed” or “1 bed with a study”. How big is the standard office/study in a 1+ bedroom apartment? Is it large enough for someone to live in?

Administrator answers:

It varies in some cases it could be a room without a door ( 3 or 4 walled) which could be even bigger then the bedroom. In most cases I think anything smaller then 8×8 is not considered a bedroom thus office or study. Is that big enough to live in sure but maybe not good enough to warrent a 50/50 split on rent.

John asks…

Were is the best place to advertise apartment for rent?

We have apartments for rent, we used to advertise in the local paper, but now in age of computers what is the best place to advertise property for rent?

Administrator answers:

Craigslist is widely read and unless you live in a very big city, the ads are usually free.

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