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Author: foolliss Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 182  
Subject: anyone around? Date: 2/25/2004 3:43 PM
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Anyone still renting?

I'm going through the leasing process for the first time in a looong time (okay, okay, I've been paying rent to my parents since I graduated college) and to complicate things further, I'm going through the Texas leasing process while I'm living in Virginia.

I guess this is part-rant and part-question - is it normal for a complex to take 3 days to process a rental application and let you know it was approved? is it normal to be told to just call the complex "a few days" before I'm back in town so they can prepare the paperwork and for them to not tell me what all I need to bring with me to sign the paper work and what all I'll be paying for that day? is it reasonable to review and sign a lease and move-in to an apartment in one day?

I am getting quite irritated with the management at the complex because everytime I talk to this woman, she acts like I'm keeping her from Very Important Things and she told me that she would process my application on Thursday AM and call me to tell me if it was approved or not, and it took her till the very, very last minute of her Saturday hours to finally call me. The leasing agents were very pleasant to deal with, they were understanding that I was 1, from out of town and 2, hadn't been through a rental process in a long time. The manager, I think, lost all patience with me when I called to confirm that my fax had arrived and mentioned being nervous because it had been a long time since I gone through a rental process.

Today I got called at work and on my cell phone this afternoon from one of the leasing agents. I dread calling down there now because of how the manager has behaved. I have no idea what she would be calling me about. The application has been approved, I can't sign anything else till I get down there. Perhaps it is finally dawning on them that I hadn't paid a rental application fee? Perhaps they gave away my apartment to someone else? Oh, I hope so.

Monday, I wrote a three-page letter to the property management company who owns the complex to complain about the manager I've been dealing with. I haven't sent it, don't know that I will. The venting was nice though.

liss
needs a remedial renting review
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Author: kwheless Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 170 of 182
Subject: Re: anyone around? Date: 2/25/2004 4:28 PM
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I guess this is part-rant and part-question - is it normal for a complex to take 3 days to process a rental application and let you know it was approved? is it normal to be told to just call the complex "a few days" before I'm back in town so they can prepare the paperwork and for them to not tell me what all I need to bring with me to sign the paper work and what all I'll be paying for that day? is it reasonable to review and sign a lease and move-in to an apartment in one day?

It really depends - I could tell you stories about the NYC renting process that would make your hair stand on end. But for most complexes in most normal places, I think 3 days is pretty normal. A lot of complexes check references and check your credit report - which they could probably do in 1 day, but 3 days isn't outrageous.

And signing the lease and moving in on the same day is pretty normal too. If you're worried about the lease, they should be willing to fax you a copy (although they'll probably want you to sign it in person). But most leases are boilerplate. There's not much to review.

However, they should tell you what you'll need to pay. That should be standard - security deposit, possibly a rental fee, plus first month's rent. They should have no problem telling you how much the security deposit will be.

As far as what you need to bring - probably nothing except maybe an ID. (And your check.) The last time I rented a normal apartment, I walked in, gave them a check, signed the lease, and they gave me the key. Took about 2 minutes. Some complexes require you to turn on the electricity in advance - others don't care. You'll need to find out about utilities so you can establish accounts and fix a turn-on date. But that's pretty much it.

I've been too jaded by the NY rental market to say whether you should look elsewhere or not. You could have just caught the manager at a bad time - or it could be a sign of future problems (i.e. problems getting repairs done, hassles over security deposits, etc.) Did you talk to any other tenants when you were in town?

Karen

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Author: foolliss Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 171 of 182
Subject: Re: anyone around? Date: 2/25/2004 6:11 PM
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I just talked to the leasing consultant who called me earlier today. She's such a gem. She confirmed that I'd be moving in on the 20th, gave me some numbers for the application fee and deposit and admin fee. She said that she'd total the numbers for me and give me a call tomorrow. I wish I could only deal with her! :oP

Unforch, I didn't talk to any of the other tenants while I was visiting the property. It doesn't seem like any utility turn-ons are necessary (so far!).

thanks for the info,
liss

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