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May 18, 2012

Joseph asks…

does anybody know any gated communities in la that have apt or homes for rent?

!are they furnished?
if so please tell me ive looked but cant find none. and im looking for some in the la area
that are cheap like 1500 rent
areas like toluca lake,hollywood,studio city,burbank, encino, sherman oaks,universal city,sunland, tujunga, la crescenta
homes for rent only and apartments

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone wants to move here, and is looking for “cheap/affordable and safe”. However, such a place just doesn’t exist; the two terms are mutually exclusive. It’s all about supply and demand: If it’s in SoCal, then it’s not going to be cheap to begin with. If it’s a safe area, then it’s more expensive. If you need good schools, add a couple hundred bucks a month on top of it.

If you want to live here and enjoy the weather, then you have to pay for it. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. My advice is to start checking out craigslist,, and if you are looking to rent. You’ll quickly see that the minimum rent for a non-war zone is about $1,000-$1,200 per month for a studio or 1BR. Really nice areas (like the West LA area) easily run $3,000 or more. Want to live near the beach? Expect to pay a premium.

If you want a home to rent, you are going to have to pay at least $2000, even in a dodgy area.

As for gated communities, you just don’t find homes for rent there. Gated communities are VERY exclusive, and are populated with owners, not renters. If you did find someone to rent from, it would be listed with a very exclusive broker, and you would expect to pay at least $5,000 per month.

Sorry, that’s the economic reality of life in LA.

Carol asks…

does any1 know of any gated communities with apt and homes for rent in la?

are they furnished?
if so please tell me ive looked but cant find none. and im looking for some in the la area
that are cheap like 1500 rent
areas like toluca lake,hollywood,studio city,burbank, encino, sherman oaks,universal city,sunland, tujunga, la crescenta
homes for rent only and apartments

Administrator answers:

Craigslist is the right source for this. $1500 sounds low, so you may need to share.

James asks…

ssi rent and no credit score?

Hi! im currently in the state of Michigan in Grand Rapids.
Im planning to move in a studio apartment at Wingates Apartments

the monthly rent for a studio apt is $390 a month.
My only source of income is SSI dissability
i get $675 a month plus $200 in food benefits.
and my question is about the credit score
i never owned anything with credit
so i dont have any credit
this would be my first time getting an apt.
is there a chance i will get the apartment?

Administrator answers:

Unless you are receiving a rent subsidy you won’t, you do not have enough money to pay the rent.

I got this from their site,

“?An application may be denied for poor or insufficient credit, insufficient income or assets, negative rental history, or criminal history. “

You will not meet the income or the credit qualification, as your will literally read “insufficient information”.

Maria asks…

Why do Americans work hard to pay for a house if they can’t take it with them when they die?

I am 22 yrs old & I like to save $ but do not like to spend because i can’t take anything with me. So why is it that people bust their butts for decades to pay off a mortgage when in reality they cant take anything with them?

I live in apartments & rather pay $400 rent for a studio apt then $1,500 for a mortgage…

Administrator answers:

Thats stupid maybe so you not paying your whole life for something you’ll never when the you lose your job in this recession and possibly depression or you cant work anymore you wont be kicked out on the street because all that money you paid went toward nada

Sharon asks…

should i stay in my apt. or move out of it? my rent was raised!?

Okay, so when I moved into my studio apt. in studio city, California I was paying 1050 a month. A bit on the expensive side but it’s a really nice apt. It’s a renovated pool rec room so it has lots of windows and a fireplace, plus utilities are included. which is a large plus because i suck up a lot of power. Oh and my place is rent controlled as well. In the area the average cost for a studio is 795 – 950. Now, for a one bedroom it can go from 850 – 1000 in roughly the same area and same deal but they’re really pretty boring looking.

Recently, my rent has been raised to 1100 and that’s about the max I’m willing to pay no matter how beautiful my place is. This may be asking the obvious but should i just move out? I really like this place but i know there is cheaper stuff out there literally blocks away.

Administrator answers:

It sounds like you really like where you live and the only thing you’re objecting to is the rent increase. If you’ve been a good tenant (pay rent on time, take care of the apartment, no complaints from neighbors), then you may want to try to leverage that by asking your landlord to not increase your rent. If you’re a good tenant, chances are pretty good that they’ll say “yes” because $50/month isn’t that big an increase.

They may say “no” but it wouldn’t hurt to ask.

Richard asks…

Can you recommend some neighborhoods in the Bronx?

I would like to rent a studio or one bed room apt and want a fairly convenient commute to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital at 1650 Grand Concourse. I have a car but also am willing to use a bus or subway. Safety is important so low or lower crime areas would be preferred. Thanks for your suggestions.

Administrator answers:

Riverdale and Throggs Neck are your best bets. Avoid Melrose, Tremont, Mott Haven, Soundview, West Farms, Hunts Point

Daniel asks…

need some advice/help dealing with sick mum?

hey so back history
hubby/i were living in PA (wonderful house renting for 700/mo life was great) mum was diagnosed w. stage 3 breast/lymphoma and it was looking quite grim w. other health factors .. so we picked up and moved to ct (back home..changed jobs schools everything) .. NOW we cant even rent a studio apt for 700/mo! so we moved into parents house (in basement =P) ..also it helps b.c mum needs someone there 24/7 so im a ‘live in nurse’ type of thing .. i also have a sister who is 17 (causes a lot of issues w. attitude and doesn’t help around the house at all!)

now mum is stubborn and doesn’t stop … when cleaning the house i said mum let me do that i can do that .. she responds no you dont know how to do it the way i want and im not going to take the time to explain .. or when i do clean something up she will come and redo it … so should i just say hey ok you do it then? but shes sick and shouldn’t ..yet its not good enough when i do it?? ..and really i dont want to get her upset and start a fight b.c its quite stupid i think
.. and i DO know how to ‘keep house’ .. granted her and i have very different cleaning styles .. i do a ‘quick clean’ in the bathroom every night toilet bowl sink mirror/window/all faucets etc .. just a quick 1-2-3 to help keep a ‘dirty’ room a bit cleaner .. now i dont do that here b.c i know she donst like that and thinks its a “waste” so it gets cleaned maybe once a month =P .. her theory on fridge/cabinet space is throw it where ever it fits .. i believe things should have places and it should be neat . lately ppl have been bringing lots of food over so the fridge is over flowing (mum doesn’t believe in throwing anything out until it is WAY past old) .. so i organized the fridge so we could see a bit better what we have and such yes that lasted a whole day .. ive done it a few times now Just gave up and however it is is how it is

.. its frustrating that she wont let me help w. these things yet she complains when we dont help…what should i do? and now its getting to be a bit difficult to maintain patience when she keeps complaining about everything yet when i try to fix it that’s bad to and now im feeling guilty for feeling at end w. her when she herself is so sick …

Administrator answers:

My wonderful Mum passed away in January 2007 and I went through the same thing with her and the tears I shed could have filled the ocean!
I came home from work the day she was diagnosed with Cancer and found her standing at the Ironing Board Ironing my Brothers shirts, needless to say I wasn’t happy and we had cross words and she told me that she might be sick but she can still do the bl@@dy Ironing!
The same with housework, she wanted to do it but was way to weak and my way was always wrong
I think it was her way of trying to protect me and try to carry on as normal and I guess in my own way I was wanting to protect her because I was so scared for her and for me.
In the end I let her do exactly what she wanted while she was still able to and we really grew closer, it was like me and her against the world and yes she was very Ill but we were going to have some good times and laughter along the way!
I know it’s hard for me to tell you what to do, but don’t deny your Mum anything, she knows she’s ill and she just wants to do what she can while she can.
If my mum said she wanted to run through the streets naked I’d have let her, she wanted to see the rain one evening so I wrapped her up sat her on a chair and opened the front door and sat on the front step and we sat watching the rain falling, all this because she hadn’t been out of the house for weeks and it broke me heart because she never ever saw the rain falling again!
Let your mum do whatever she wants and just be there for her when ever she needs you! Xx

Donna asks…

Girls…What would you do if you were in a loveless marriage?

Married 10yrs ago for 2 yrs, separated for 6, and back together now for 2. Sex is only FOR him. I just don’t “feel” it for him. I would rather “do” myself when he isn’t around. But I long for the tenderness, and those feelings you get when you are just being held. I miss the hugs and kissing. It is pretty convenient here because he is a father to MY young child that isn’t his, and he pays most of the bills. By staying here, I feel selfish and guilty because I am keeping him (and me) from finding someone else that can provide what we as people so desperately need and want. I have an almost full-time job (37hrs pr/wk) that only pays $10.00pr/hr. I have done the math….my daughter and I could make it on our own by “scraping ” by, if I rent a studio apt. What would you do?

Serious replies only, please. I am in a real dilemma here and need advice.

Administrator answers:

I do feel you should move on and find happiness we only have one life to live and why waste it being unhappy with someone .Go for it girl don’t stop until you are really happy even if that is being alone without a hubby .I wish you the very best of luck .

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