Do I need to look for a rental house now or wait?
August 13, 2008 1:56 PM Subscribe
How long in advance should I look for a house to rent? And where do I look besides Craigslist?
posted by zompus to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm living in an apartment in San Diego, CA. My lease is up October 31 of this year, and I want to move into a 2 (or more) bedroom house after I end this lease. I do not want to re-up my lease for my current apartment, or move into another apartment or condo; I am willing to pay for a garage, front yard, back yard, and a washer/dryer all to myself. Also, my fiancee will be moving in with me, and a one-bedroom apartment is too small for the both of us, 2 cats, and all our stuff.
I have considered buying a house, but for various reasons I'm not ready to take that step at this time.
My main method of searching has been Craigslist, but I notice that almost all of the listings are places that are available now or within the next couple of weeks. I obviously don't want to have two rent payments for the next 2-2 1/2 months. Should I be following up on the leads I see advertised as available now, or should I wait until the time gets closer to the end of my lease? One thing that might affect things is that there are two large universities in town, so there might be a large influx of students in the next 2 months, although I'm generally looking to rent in areas not near the colleges. I've heard that landlords will sometimes hold properties for a "deposit." How much is that deposit, and do I get it back or get credit for it when I do move in?
Also, I get the feeling that Craigslist is only a small slice of the amount of information available about rentals. Where else should I be looking for rental information? Should I make use of a rental agent?