There Really Needs to be a Guidebook for this Shit  

WildWon1982 34M
625 posts
8/1/2006 10:04 pm

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There Really Needs to be a Guidebook for this Shit

I'm trying to secure my own apartment. I was referred by a coworker friend of mine, who literally lives down the road from work. Said the place would be $525 a month, which is $50 more than I pay now, but I'd easily save $200 a month in gas money. Sounds freakin' sweet. I gave up on NFL, and called them up yesterday, see what I needed to do.

They told me about two apartments: one that was, in fact, $525, but a bit more remote than just down the road from work (closer to the hospital, wherever that is), and one that was on the road I wanted, but for $555. They also told me that the security deposit would be $100 more than the rent. Third, the application would be $35. Four, since I haven't been in my job for at least a year, they'll want deposit, first, and LAST month's rent. Yipes.

I go to check the place out today. When I arrive, I find they misquoted me, and that the ideal apartment would actually be $565 a month. That's $90 more than I pay now. The gas savings are getting eaten up almost. When she handed me the application, I find that in addition to the $35 application fee, I also have to pay the first $100 of the security deposit when I apply. If I'm denied, I get the $100 back. If I'm accepted and back out, I lose the $100. Sounds like a bigger gamble than when I play poker.

I can't even apply for the apartment for another week. One, I need to make sure I have enough money to get TWO separate money orders for both parts of the application fee. More importantly, I have to have my employers fill out a reference. I don't know who to have do this. My work is in a freelance capacity, and a temp agency signs my check. But when I started, my bosses said they'd give me a reference, so I'm confused. And to make matters worse, one's in LA for XGames, the other's on vacation in Maine for the week, so I can't get that clarification till next week. Also, my roommate/landlord is on vacation in Maine this week as well. So I gotta wait till he gets back to get him to fill out the landlord reference (and he doesn't even know I've been looking for a new place).

On top of all that, they want three forms of ID, two paystups, and a full accounting of all my debts (which doesn't make sense, since I'm paying them $35 to RUN A GODDAM CREDIT CHECK ON ME!).

Assuming they accept me once I have all this shit put together (which they said usually takes 48 hours), I gotta come up with the rest of the deposit within three days. Thank God I put $500 of my poker winnings in savings for just this purpose. The two months' rent will have to come out of the next two paychecks I get, which means I'm gonna be working some overtime over the rest of the month to make sure I can make the ends meet, cause I still have to pay my rent for this month, my phone bill, and my bed payment (also credit card, but since I've payed that so well, and much over the minimums, I owe nothing this month, so I can afford to pay the nothing one time around.

After I get accepted, at the same time I'm coming up with the money for the deposit, I also have only three days to call all the local utilities to get them in my name, as well as change my address with the post office, or the utilities will not be on when I move in, even though it wouldn't be till several weeks later.

The application fee, security deposit, and the two months' rent, for this place at least, all have to come by money order. Once I get the keys, I can pay rent by check, but this still means annoying trips to the post office over the next month.

Finally, the landlords say that once I apply, they'll only hold the apartment for a week. I think that once the security deposit is in, they'll secure it longer, but still. I'm supposed to, by decorum at least since we don't have a formal lease, give my roommate/landlord 30 days notice that I'm moving out, so that I can secure my deposit back from him after I move, yet the new people want me to move in within two weeks. I did that the last time, when I moved to CT, but that was an informal arrangement that just happened to work out. I figured professional lessors would give me a bit more time.

The point is, why don't people get told this stuff way in advance? My parents sort of clued me into it, but it blows my mind that my college, good old SU, could charge $30,000+ a year, yet they can't give the kids a fucking pamphlet at graduation that tells them this stuff, so that we're prepared for it. They can charge money up the ass, but they can't give us any real world stipends for when we all get blindsided by having to pay $1795 to secure an aprtment, triple the insurance premiums of our elder counterparts on our cars, and 19% interest when we buy our first car or get our first credit card. Aside from the fact that it's completely contrary to every facet of economics to charge the most money for basic living needs from the people who are likely to have the least amount of money, there should still be some form of universal distribution of information so that we all know what we're in for.

I'll probably get the apartment, and although I'll struggle for a few weeks, I'll be fine, but all the same, something that began as simple as, "Move into my building, it's cheap and you'll save shitloads of gas money" turning into this humongous ball of red tape and bullshit posturing really puts a guy's stress levels through the motherfucking roof.

Calm down, Bill. Just go to the bathroom, blow a load, and go to sleep. You'll be fine.

NSAAddict 42F

8/2/2006 5:05 am

What a nightmare! Hope it all works out in the end but for now you seem to have given yourself the perfect short term advice

MoutnainGirl 37F

8/2/2006 6:21 am

Yeah.. getting apartments suck.. its like buying a house.. unfortuneately.. they have ben screwed by so many people, that this is how things have to be right now.

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MWWwantmore 51F

8/2/2006 9:25 am

That does suck! Luckly we are great landlords

Good Luck!

I'll have a cafe, mocha, vodka, valium latte to go please!

Good girls go to heaven.....bad girls go down!!

Kaliedascope61 41M
4084 posts
8/2/2006 10:41 am

Its alot more work here then it is in texas, most places where I'm from will waive fees, and deposits, and have to compete with the million other complexes on the same street.

Learn something new about CT everyday!

docdirk 47M

8/2/2006 6:20 pm

All this is why I currently live in a sweet, spacious dumpster near my place of work!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

pragmaticCTcpl 61M/50F

8/3/2006 9:24 am

Yes, getting an apartment is very hard. For all the trouble, money and paperwork involved you could apply for a freak'in mortgage. Just be glad they didn't ask you for a sample of your DNA.

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