How do you find a great place in Austin, TX?
December 20, 2012 6:22 PM Subscribe
We need some advice on the logistics of finding a place to rent in Austin, TX.
posted by lamechopz to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend has just accepted a job in Austin and we'll be moving down there in the next month. We have a good idea of what features we want our rental place to have and we also have some ideas on where we're interested in living.
What we really want to know is how do we go about finding these places other than Padmapper and Craigslist? Where we currently live there are apartment finders who are paid by the landlord. Is this a "thing" in Austin?
We would actually prefer to rent a house if we can find one that meets our needs. Based on our Padmapper/CL research so far, this will be a little harder than finding an apartment but not impossible. The high end of our budget is $2000/month, though we'd prefer to be around $1600 or less. We do have some resources available to pay for help. Maybe this opens up options with real estate agents?
Those who have moved to/within Austin, do you have any advice? Are there any agencies or resources that you've worked with that are helpful? Is there anything else we need to know about renting in Austin, ie tenant's rights issues we should keep an eye out for?
Thanks in advance for your help!