for a place to live. This is so stressful and frustrating, and the worst part is I only have about three weeks before I must move out. I'm seriously not sure what else I can do right about now.
There are two mild improvements to my situation. I might be able to afford some studios at the lower-end of the spectrum. Also, I'm not working as much on the weekend anymore. The rest remains. Also, I have a hell of a time getting responses. I have tweaked my own responses, stripped them to 200-250 words. Even placed an apartments/rooms wanted ad on Craigslist as advised here. All I get in response to that are replies from creepy men or people in entirely the wrong area.
But time is running out very quickly, and I really do not wish to be homeless. I can't think of something I'm not doing except using brokers. I skip over anything with reference to brokers or credit checke because I can't pass any credit checks due to this
. I don't have a cosigner (I might be able to get my boyfriend to do it if it's the very, very, very last option), other family has refused to "take sides" in the above matter, so they won't help me.
I have been looking every single day and replying to suitable ads. I went nearly the entire month of August without a single response to my emails and calls.
Also, the listings seem to be filled with men looking for roommates, people looking to rent out their living rooms, smokers, people who ask for no or little cooking, and broker listings.
I have been getting some responses lately, but not many. And it's often brokers or people who ask for credit scores. I have seen four places since July. One I made an offer on, but was too late. Another room I would have loved to offer on, but it was offered on by the guy who got there immediately before me. One was located in a relatively deserted area that I, as a solo female wouldn't want to be traversing at night.
One last week was a shady, illegal basement apt that was very nice but the owners are obvious tax cheats. They wanted a deposit entirely in cash of over $3k and cash rent every month with the condition of no receipts. Needless to say, I wasn't going to hand over $3000 to strangers in the hopes they wouldn't just steal my money and change the locks while I got my stuff.
The worst part was that I actually considered it for a minute, against all my good judgment, because I am super desperate right now and it was a studio in the perfect location. But I had to be smart about it.
Outside of three days where I got completely burnt out, I have been looking every day. Even spreading out to other neighborhoods. I have to consider price. If it's close to the neighborhood I want, then I can go higher on the price and walk a lt. If it's further away, then the place has to be cheaper to account for transport costs.
I don't want to post my location publicly, especially as this is not my main account, but if anyone has knowledge via mefi mail, that works also. Between this and work, I have been experiencing a lot of physical stress symptoms lately, and I have this deadline coming so soon. Is there something I'm overlooking?