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December 24, 2012

Ruth asks…

What I do with this situation with my apartment?

I live in a studio apartment . I am hardly home since I work fro. 1130 to 8 pm and I leave my house at 9 am and get home at 930pm. So that means all day my electricity is not in use except for things like my fridge and like a clock or something. I have lived in a studio b/4 and would get and averag bill of 34 a month. Ever since I have moved here  My bill has been coming for 60 to 70 bucks a month. Which i find high considering i am one person and i live alone. When I am home I hardly use the light as I get home late and only want to take a shower and go to sleep.  Now come to find out that my apartment is not a studio and is a 1 bedroom.  Apparently a couple of yrs ago the people who owned this apt and the one next to me connected the two Apartments together when they decided to sell one they took my bedroom to make their apt a 3 bedroom and made mine a studio. Now the thing is that I have noticed there are 2 breaker switches one controls the kitchen bathroom and hall and the other controls the living room and I am guessing my room which would be connected to the living room . Is it possible I am paying for these people light . I am very upset because 1st I  am paying $850 for a studio that is suppossed to be a 1 bedroom and other apts in the building are being rented for less and second I am paying light for someone else, and to top it off i dont have a fire escape in my house because of this, its in the room. I pass by during the day time and that light to the room is always on. What can I do in this situation ???

I live in a coop building with about 40 apts if that makes a difference in regards to rules. Pls help I find it unfair…

Administrator answers:

You have a couple of issues. As far as you renting a studio, that is exactly what you rented, it was not supposed to be anything else. They showed you it as a studio and you agreed to rent it. What anyone else pays for whatever else is not relevant.

The power is different. Before you leave one day shut the breaker to your unit. As long as you do not open your fridge it will be fine. If you come home and find it back on you know you have a problem.

Stealing power is illegal. Call the power company, they are the only ones that can legally determine who is stealing from you.

As far as a fire excape goes, you should have a window, that is legally a fire escape. If you do not have a window the only remedy is for you to move.

Sandra asks…

Apt locations in LA for actors?

Hi there. I am moving to LA from NY in August and I’m trying to scout out apts in LA close to recurring audition locations, studios etc. My first instinct was the Hollywood/West Hollywood area (but I’m assuming those are very expensive) When I search for apts online several different cities come up and since I have visited each I’m not familiar with the areas. I will have a job going into LA but just need to find a cheaper area to live with a couple roommates that is relatively close to the entertainment industry areas. Any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone who wants to move here 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.

My suggestion would be to go to roommates.com or craigslist. Then just go stay where all the other “actors” stay: The Oakwood Apartments in Toluca Hills.

Also, keep in mind that the “entertainment areas” are spread out, just like everything else in LA. You could just as easily need to go to Culver City, Century City, or Santa Monica as one of the Studios in Hollywood or Burbank.

If you want cheap, try Koreatown. Not saying it’s safe, but it’s cheap.

Michael asks…

Which apt would you chose?

I am looking at 2 apts and my boyfriend and I are having a hard time deciding.

We are going to have a baby in 4 months, our first.

The apts are 5 blocks from each other and therefore in the same neighborhood with all the same things accessible.

Apt #1 Is very small. It is a “2″ bedroom but the 1st bedroom is about 6.5 x 8.4 and the 2nd bedroom is 8.4 x 8.7. The kitchen is also quite small and may just fit our small table and 2 chairs if we rearrange the fridge and stove. There is a large living room that will have to be our office, living room, and art studio. It is a 3rd floor walk up. There are nice views from the living and kitchen and it has single French doors that are very charming. There is a really nice size bathroom with a full tub, sink & cabinet, and room for a shelf. It also has 3 large closets and additional storage space. It also has a broker’s fee that amounts to $1,445. We both felt it was very small but adorable! It’s a 10 minute walk from the train.

We were expecting to apply and sign a lease last night but then the broker called and said the landlord used a 2nd broker and rented it to someone else.

So we scrambled and found a different apt that was 5 blocks from Apt#1 and $1000 more per month. There is no broker’s fee.

Apt#2 is larger than Apt#1. Not tremendously larger, but enough that we can probably live there several more years if we wanted to. The biggest flaw is a very small bathroom that doesn’t have a sink. We didn’t get to measure it but it is broken into 2 sections. A much larger kitchen with a bedroom area, and a 2nd bedroom area with a living room space. Overall it is probably about 50 to 100 square feet larger but it was hard to tell because it was packed with the current tenant’s stuff. It is only a 2 minute walk to the same train. There is no nice view. It is less charming than Apt#1.

So the main differences:

Apt#1:

Smaller
10 mins from train
Nice views
Nice bathroom
Charming
2 flights up
Brokers fee

Apt#2
No sink in bathroom
2 mins from train
slightly larger
no views
1 flight up
No fee
More $$ each month
Which would you pick?

I forgot to mention!

We gave a deposit on Apt#2 last night and this afternoon the broker called back and said Apt#1 is available still because the other renter did not get approved.

Also Apt#2 has 2 large closets w/additional storage space above.

So do we stick w/Apt#2 or try to get Apt#1?
OPPS? I meant $100 more per month, $50 a piece
The brokers fee and credit check fee for Apt#1 = $1445, that doesn’t include the rent.

Administrator answers:

If you can afford it go with apt2,you dont want to be carrying a baby up 2 flights and the extra space will be useful for baby things. Space is the final frontier !!

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