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July 23, 2013

Maria asks…

How long does it take to find an apartment?

I’m going to get a job this summer so I’ve been looking for an apartment. How long does this process usually take? I’ve looked over dozens of craigslist ads for the past few hours. I want to know if I’m wasting more time than I should be.

Administrator answers:

No one can accurately answer that for you. It depends on the market, how many apartments are available for rent, if you find one you like, etc. If you have looked at over a dozen on Craigslist for the past few hours, that doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. You want to find an apartment that fits your wants and needs, so you should take as much time as you feel needed (until you find the apartment right for you).

If you do not have a steady income right now, I would say to wait too look at apartments. If you don’t have a job, most apartments will not think you are finincially stable enough to rent from them. Wait until you’ve worked for a few months and saved up money before looking. Best of luck :)

David asks…

Is there a way to get an apartment if you have no job or credit?

If you have money, and you’re able to pay your rent, can someone else sign a lease for you?

Administrator answers:

Depends on your source of income their are low rent apartment complexs in most cities. You could also look in newspaper ads for places, individual property owners usual don’t do credit checks and they just want to know that they are going to get their money.
Besides depending on lthe lease the one signing is the one responsible for the place. Including any damages or penalties.

Thomas asks…

Can my land lord close the pool for repairs, but never fix it?

We moved into our apartment in FEB, specifically because they had a pool. the manager said the pool would open in May. We are now in JULY, and the pool is still closed. The pool needs to be resurfaced but the land lord thinks its too expensive to fix. So its just closed for repairs until… Whenever i guess. It was 105 in my city today, and the apartments dont have AC. I am in a one year lease. – only positive feedback please

Administrator answers:

My experience in leasing and rental is based in Wisconsin. I will not quote Wisconsin law as it does not apply in your state of California. My answer is then a mix of both my experience and my interpretation of the given situation as you wrote it and what I have gleaned from

First the situation. When you moved in the pool was closed and the impression was given that it was to be open. From the dates you give five months into a one year lease and two months over the (verbal?) opening month.
You stated you moved there “…..specifically because they had a pool.” and seem to indicate that in the details of your question. Therefore I assume “the manager said”, the information given about the pool are from a conversation with the leasing agent/manager while applying and viewing the apartment.

If that sounds about right, I believe your could break your lease. Was there any promotion whether by ad or office that the pool was an offered amenity? In my opinion even if it was not I get the strong impression that you not only questioned about the pool but made it clear the pool was a selling point.
I would suggest asking about having your rent prorated because of this “loss’. Before you do consider their possible responses. They could just be nice and work with you, which while nice to think, I believe would take time on their part. There is about five months left would they give enough to leave you feeling fairly dealt with?
I think it more likely the manager will say the cost outweighs your request and their responsibility to tenants to open the pool. Was any notices ever given as to the status of the pool progress?

Now you are look at living out your (short) time without a pool. You can grin and bare it using your time to locate your next rental or notify the office that your intention is to break the lease and move. Here is where the choice becomes what you interpret. In Wisconsin it takes a landlord about thirty days to get an eviction date in court. Wisconsin in my dealing with eviction court sides with the landlord the majority of the time. I would venture that so long as the landlord provided all legally correct paperwork the eviction is legal and generally carried out within ten days. Most all the time I have walked out of court to the deeds office payed the processors and sheriffs fee, quick and simple.

But your in California and I am unfamiliar with the speed of the California courts. I must say that here if any side misses a court date the present party wins by default. Do you have the time for court and then my final question, are you confidant in yourself to represent yourself in court?

Read thru the following provided link, think back to conversations, ask other tenants if they were told any thing about the pool. How long was it closed before you moved in? They may have already known the pool was not opening even while saying to you it was.

In my attempt to cease my bellowing never forget the weight of a lawyer. If your unit manager has legal representation, I would strongly suggest at least consulting with a lawyer. I have seen strange cases because of lawyers. (in part)


“You have reached a point where you need to get out, either because you can’t stand it any longer, or for other reasons. You want to “break the lease”.”…..
…..”However, you have a landlord who is more concerned with showing you who’s boss, and forcing you to pay rent for a vacant unit, out of arrogance, ego, and sadistic needs to dominate the vulnerable.”…..
…..”The purpose here is to help you accomplish your goal: to get out, with the minimum losses and hassle.”…..
“Do You Have a Lease?”
“Do You Have A Legal Reason to End the Lease?”
“The Many Legal Reasons to End a Lease”

The above is offered only as “This advice is free, but it is no substitute for direct attorney consultation and involvement. If you do contact a lawyer for help with details, this gives you lots of advice and information that will help you use that lawyer’s time cost-effectively, to learn what to do, and how.” That is from the Carlson Law Office I am not promoting using them just passing along what is free.

John asks…

How do I rent out my condo?

I’ve been living here 4 years and would like to eventually move in w/my boyfriend but rent the place out. How do I go about doing this? Do I need a lawyer? A realtor? Can anyone recommend any websites or books that could help? Thanks!

Administrator answers:

If you live in a condo, first find out if you have the authority to rent your condo. Most condo association by-laws have a 10% clause in the by-laws.

In other words if 10% or more or the condos are currently rented, you might not be able to rent yours.

If you find that you are able to rent the condo, simply place an ad in the local newspaper for potential tenants. You might also place an ad on My Space, or Craig’s List.

You do not need an attorney or a realtor. They would not add anything to the situation, only an expense that you don’t need.

You will need to get a rental agreement from Staples or Office Depot. You will also have to have a way to run a credit report.

You might consider joining the Apartment Owners Association. They can help with local laws concerning with rentals, rental agreements as well as a way for you to obtain a credit report for your potential clients. There is a fee for joining so when you make contact with them find out the dues and other cost that you might incur upon joining.

I hope this has been of some use to you, good luck.


Mandy asks…

What else can I do to reduce vacancies?

Pretend I am the super in an apartment building. (it’s close to the truth) Half the apartments are empty. Each has a Realtor’s card in the window. The owner has forbidden me from trying to sell any new tenants.
The writing on the wall says no new equipment or raises for me while these places stay vacant.
Besides keeping the place neat and attractive, what else can I do to reduce vacancies? Some have been empty over a year.

Administrator answers:

It sounds like the owner has contracted with a real estate agency and is leaving it to them to find renters for him. They would be advertising for him. However, something seems wrong here. It could be that the area the where the apartment building is located has become seriously depressed in recent years and renters simply aren’t there to be had. But your landlord might want to start afresh with a new real estate agency just in case the current one has gotten lax. He can also post ads in Craigslist if the REA isn’t already doing this for him.

Beyond that, your landlord might want to consider dropping his rent price–or he could offer the first month or two at half price for an incentive.

As far as you trying to find him tenants? I don’t know why he would object to that, as long as the people you found checked out to have a good credit rating.

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