Renting Chickens

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Fitz, May 1, 2014.

  1. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    So I started this thread because I know we have a lot of chickens in rentals, chickens looking for rentals, etc. And we have a homebuying thread.

    B and I are looking to get a place with more space in Sept. Every (well, not every, but the vast majority) lease in Boston is up in September, and there is usually a mad scramble to get a new apartment over the summer, sign the lease, pay the deposit (first month's rent, last month's rent, month deposit, and month broker fee) etc. Apartments get snapped up like hotcakes in July-August, so we're hoping to get a jump-start on the process. We're seeing our first place tonight, and will continue to look. We want to upgrade from a one bedroom to a two bed or one bed plus office, and want laundry in our building (and ideally a porch, but beggars can't be choosers.)

    So yay! Apartments! Rentals!
     
  2. sweatermuffins

    sweatermuffins Chicken

    Renting chicken, here. I dream of upgrading to a better apartment, but our lease is up at the end of July. I don't have it in me to move the month before our wedding, so we'll stay in our current place. Plus, we should only be in this city another 2 years, so moving doesn't seem quite worth it. It won't stop me from checking out craigslist, though.

    Good luck finding a better apartment, Fitz!
     
  3. android

    android Founding Messiah Staff Member

    My advice is to refresh Craigslist like mad all day long. I snatched up my current place and rented it on the spot after catching the new listing on CL and having to drive to go see it on my lunch break one day during work.
     
  4. lrrr

    lrrr Role Model Staff Member

    We also found our apartment through CL. No broker's fee, which is always a plus.
     
  5. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    I hate my apartment, but I also hate moving. We have no space, all the cabinets and closets are overflowing. It was the cheapest apartment in the area, and at the time we moved it's what we could afford. I hate my neighbours, if you sneeze too loud they go complaining to the office about too much noise, and yet have no problem smoking in the outdoor space between the apartments and I can smell it whenever they are out there. I wanted to move to a nicer, bigger apartment when the lease is up, but the one I was looking at didn't include a washer/dryer and mine does, which is hard to give up. I'll only be here for a year, J is moving for a research fellowship next year. After that, hopefully he will match a residency and we can rent a condo or town home or something.
     
  6. redredrose

    redredrose Chicken

    I'm moving in with Lrrr when my lease is up. I'm over my 'hood.
     
  7. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Every broker lists on CL - it is actually really difficult to rent in Boston without paying a broker's fee.
     
  8. gimmeoatmeal

    gimmeoatmeal Chicken

    We currently rent a two bedroom, but would like more space and modern amenities. Our location is nice (a stone's throw from the sand, and a short walk to the playground, a few coffee shops, and the library - all great for Baby Oats), but we're not exactly close to any sort of downtown "hub", which I'm not crazy about. I hate driving aimlessly, so I like to have everything at my fingertips. We also live in a relatively old complex, so that drives me batty. Our carpets should be replaced, our tile is stained, and our cabinets could be far better.

    We are kind of in limbo right now, in regards to moving closer to P's work. They're going through a spending freeze, and cutting employee hours (not P, phew), so we want to ride out this storm before we commit to a new city. I would love a small yard or garden, and my own w/d. We'll see if that happens. It's still just as expensive where we're headed. We'll eventually have to upgrade to a three bedroom, if we go ahead with baby # 2, next year.

    I have always found my apartments through Craigslist, but have found Trulia and Zillow to be helpful, as well. Trulia actually sends me updates straight to my phone, so that's been a nice bonus.

    Good luck, Fitz!
     
  9. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Sign up for ifttt.com. They have formulas you can use to streamline cross-site behavior. For instance, you can make formulas that post all your Instagram shots to Flickr, or all your Facebook statuses to Twitter, or make it so that every photo you like on Instagram is saved to your photo stream or Google Drive. One of the websites they operate on is Craigslist, so you can sign up for e-mail alerts every time a new listing is posted in the rentals section. You can also add alerts for only certain keywords, like "2-bedroom" or whatever.
     
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  10. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    This is a timely thread for us. Thanks Fitz! It has reminded me that I need to check and see if apartments are available yet for our impending move. We're sadly having to downgrade from a 2 bedroom to a 1 bedroom because budget. Boo. We did go up for a look-see a few months ago and visited a ton of complexes. I'm not thrilled with any of them, but a few of them are okay enough. I am also stalking the hell out of Craigslist, but those apartments tend to be for RIGHT NOW or at least the ones that look good.
     
  11. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    We love our building but I'm so over living on the first floor. I refuse to move out though unless one of the 2 street facing top floor units becomes available. I can handle the elephants upstairs until then.

    Right now, I'm helping my mom look for a rental because she's selling her house and there isn't any inventory in her budget at the moment. She has a small dog and pretty much everything I find is no dogs. I really want to scream and strangle someone. At least they could do a case by case thing. Isabella is 13 years old and only 17lbs. She's quiet and mellow. These assholes are going to force a retired old lady out on the streets because god forbid they accept a tiny little dog. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck you. The only places I can find that allow dogs are like $2600+ which she can't afford. /end rant Clearly, I'm a little frustrated.
     
  12. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    We rent a pretty shitty apartment, with month-old bullet holes in the wall. We've lived here three years and I want to move out so badly, but we have a pitbull so it will be hard to find one.
     
  13. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    Everyone move to Colorado with me. Super dog friendly!
     
  14. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Even "dog friendly" places hate pit bulls. It sucks.
     
  15. lrrr

    lrrr Role Model Staff Member

    Yeah, NYC is like that too. Typical broker's fee here is 12% annual rent.
     
  16. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Well that was crap. I should have known. $200 more than our current rent for our 1 bedroom? It was dark and barely bigger than our place. I think we can do better.

    B asked me if we should consider large one bedrooms. We are TTC and I really think we would need separate space for a baby. Thoughts, mother hens in small spaces?
     
  17. gimmeoatmeal

    gimmeoatmeal Chicken

    As you know, Baby Oats sleeps in bed with us. However, having that second bedroom is a godsend. At least there's a place for her changing table, gear, and expansive wardrobe. I may have considered a *very* large one bedroom with ample storage space. Otherwise, I think it would be close to impossible, and we're pretty simple people.
     
  18. Scout

    Scout Chicken

    For those with dogs: I told a white lie when I first got a rental. We didn't tick that we had a dog (because we didn't know we'd be impulse buying a puppy on Gumtree two days after we applied.)

    When we were successful, I asked if the owner was okay with dogs because we had just adopted a dog that week and weren't able to add it onto the form. They rang the owner, who okayed it. I think we wouldn't have even made the property managers short list, but because our application had made it to the owner, they were already too invested in getting us in asap. They did ask if he was toilet trained (nope!) but we figured that he'd be toilet trained by the time first inspection rolled around, so all good there.

    I think it's like job searching. Wait until they say "I want you", then put your request in for leave/pay increase/puppy dog. The worst they can do is still say no, but you could get past an over zealous property manager to an owner who doesn't care/owns dogs themselves and sympathises.
     
  19. subversive

    subversive Chicken

    I'm a renter. We have a 1250 sq. ft. 2 bed/2 bath condo, but it's an old building that has not been well-maintained. We're happy where we are, but I like to say that it looks good as long as you don't look too closely at the details - old, crooked tile, an oven from 1981, cracked baseboards, etc. There's no way we would get that amount of space with the amount of rent we pay anywhere else.

    I have a story that I find humorous. First of all, please understand that my parents are 65+. Most of my neighbors are black; I'm white. My mother always smiles and waves at the neighbors (even those in different buildings) when she comes over. She'll randomly try to talk to people. She'll roll down the window and wave at people as she drives through. People look at her like she's crazy. I tell her, "Mom, stop being weird."

    She comes out with this gem, "You don't want them to think you feel superior because you're white." So that's her reasoning for being an overly-friendly weirdo. /facepalm :? :no:

    She also freaked out a bit because I asked someone to move out of my assigned parking space. It was a polite exchange, the people moved with no problem, and I thanked them. I would have overlooked it except for the fact that my FI was on his way home from work, it was the second time, and parking is really limited. My mom nearly had heart failure and told me it was dangerous and made me a target. :roll: I mean, I could have been a real asshole and simply had them towed since that spot is in my lease.

    Don't even get me started on the amount of panic she experiences when she finds out FI is working graveyard shift.
     
  20. anna_colutha

    anna_colutha Chicken

    My flat is 325 square feet and has a view of a parking lot, BUT the kitchen is up-to-date and fairly nice, there is an in-unit washing machine, and the shower gets really hot. Plus it is cheap and in a great location close to the city center.

    One day I'd love to not live on the ground floor, but for now, c'est la vie.
     
  21. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    325 square feet? Damn. I feel like I live in a tin can with 600.
     
  22. anna_colutha

    anna_colutha Chicken

    Yeah, you know it's small when the listing describes it as "cozy" :lol:
     
  23. T-Rex

    T-Rex Chicken

    I wonder if for some its the insurance... For instance we bought an income property, and we live in one of our three units. Our insurance asked us if there were any Dobermans, Pitbulls, Rottweilers, or German Shephards living there, and if so, our insurance would be either higher (or I suppose if we were otherwise "risky" that might have pushed us over the edge of being denied?) I was so surprised and I think it is pretty unfair :angry:
     
  24. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    State Farm does not practice breed discrimination, for the record.
     
  25. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Our rent is going up and I'm pissed. We are now paying near-Boston rents to not live in Boston. That said, the idea of apt/house hunting and moving right before our wedding is just as shitty as paying more rent (lease up July 31, wedding Sep 13).
     

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