One of the biggest hot topics right now is the search for a proper rental in California, anywhere really, but I’ll say California since that’s where I live.
It used to be, and this wasn’t very long ago. You would pick up the newspaper and there would be ten, maybe twenty ads in the rental pages. You would circle the ones in your price range and give the landlord a call. They would say, can you afford it? You would say yeah, and there you go.
These days, no one advertises in the newspaper. They use craigslist or they go through a property management place. So, you weight your options. Craigslist is full of scams, one person only listings, and single room rentals. Property management companies require that you and your spouse have perfect credit. Hey, we’re not trying to buy a home here, we just want to rent! That doesn’t matter. Oh yes, and for some reason they hate cats.
Okay, okay. I don’t want this to turn into a rant. It is something I am very passionate about. If you walk into the grocery store, talk to just one person in a day that you don’t personally know they will mention the housing market. That either they, or one of their close friends is looking for a place to live.
My husband and I are still searching for a rental that allows a married couple and who doesn’t mind a cute, gray cat to live with us as well. The frustrating part, is that with every time we have almost been able to get into a place, George has been the deal breaker. A cat who sulks around outside, eating mice and rodents, watching over the yard with a fierce look on his face. He only comes in for cuddles! I promise.
Here’s my question for you. What has been your secret trick for finding the perfect rental? Or have you? What has been your struggle? Any advice?