When leaving a message for a landlord or The Rental Girl try to leave as much information as possible while being brief at the same time. Keep in mind a landlord may have several properties for lease, so please start with your name, the property address you are calling about, when you are looking to move, when you are available to see the home and last repeat your call back number twice. Remember the message you are leaving is the first impression the landlord is going to have about you. You want to be positive and point out the positives about you in your message. The landlord could be bombarded with messages, for the property, and may only be returning the calls from people who have described themselves like the ideal tenants in their message. If you have great credit, looking to move right away and anything else you think may standout about you be sure to include it in the message.
Knocking On The Tenants Door/Landlords Door- A Big No No!
If the landlord has not returned your call within a couple of hours of leaving a message please do not go knocking on his door or the tenants door to get your foot in the door for a viewing of the property-Especially if there is a sign on the property that says DO NOT DISTURB TENANT! There is a fine line between follow-up and pestering. Please do not leave several messages in one day for the landlord. Be positive and know your message will be returned once it’s heard. If it has been more than 24 hours and you would like to follow up with the message you left, remember to be polite and try not to sound irritated because your call has not been returned. Start your second message by saying how excited you are about the property and if the property has been rented you would appreciate a call back so you can take it off your list of prospects. Before you make that second call to the landlord you should do your own investigating. Do a drive by of the neighborhood during the day then do back in the evening. If you rely on public transportation you will want to make sure it’s location is walkable to stops.
When the landlord does return your call please be respectful, even if it takes him 24 hours to get back to you. Be ready with your list of questions to ask so you can decide if you are still interested in making an appointment to see the property. Be sure to read the landlords ad carefully so you are not asking questions that were clearly posted.
Now that you’ve signed a lease and know your move date all that’s left is moving. The easiest way to make packing fun is get on the phone and invite your friends over for a packing party. Buy boxes, tape, markers, food and libations to get this party started. In no time you’ll have everything packed and this is a great time to give unwanted items to friends. What are friends for? Helping you move! Moving costs are not always in the budget and if they are why pay someone to do it when you can get your friends with trucks help you move. Offer to pay for gas and have pizza and beer waiting at the final destination. In no time you’ll be settled and enjoying your place.
Need A Mover?
If you can seem to pull the gang together to help you move don’t stress-call a mover! If you have not planned a move you need to plan ahead. Have the moving company come out to give you an estimate. Make sure the estimate is in writing and within your budget. When the movers come to give you an estimate have them come to your current home then take them to your new place. Taking them to your new place will help eliminate extra known costs. Movers charge by the hour not by how many boxes you have. If you live in hills with narrow roads the moving truck might not always fit. In a case like this, the movers will know in advance to bring a smaller truck. Do you have 200 steps to get to the front doors? This may tack on a few extra hours of moving; more money out of your pocket. If your don’t have a moving company in mind ask The Rental Girl if she can refer you to someone!
Many landlords in L.A. don’t allow pets or have strict pet restrictions. Follow these tips to improve your chances of convincing a landlord to consider your pet.
-Bring your pet with you to the showing or bring a picture of your pet with you.
-Have references ready. A good reference would be a vet, dog walker, past neighbor, etc.
-Talk to the landlord and let him know about what kind of pet owner you are. Do you have dog walker regularly? Do your pets take flea medications? What kind of pet owner are you? etc.
-Fill our our pet application (www.therentalgirl.com/apply/paula)
Even if the landlord doesn’t request it, it will definitely help you to have one filled out.
-The point is, you want to prove to the landlord that you are a responsible pet owner.
Los Angeles can be a tough city to find a good rental. And often when you do find that perfect rental, there are a ton of other applicants who want it just as bad. That is why it is so important to really impress the landlord upfront by submitting a complete application. You need to stand out of the crowd and make sure you get that perfect rental.
How exactly do you do this?
Keep reading for tips on how to increase your chances in getting your dream place:
“How long does it take before I know if I got accepted?”
The answer to this question highly depends on you, your application and the property.
It could take a couple of days. But, if there are multiple applications it may take a bit longer. More often than not, the delay is actually due to “incomplete applications”.
Our application requirements are detailed on our site. Even with all the requirements outlined in detail, applicants still submit incomplete applications: missing IDs, proper proof of income and basic info requested on the application itself. I know we are all in a hurry, but if you skip lines, submit incomplete information to hurry things up, it actually ends up hurting your chances. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a great question, and one you should definitely be asking. You want to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your future rental. Only you know what your budget is. You might find the most perfect rental out there but it’s just a tad bit over your budget. So you ask: “Will the landlord come down on the rent?” The answer can either be YES or NO. And when negotiating rent, there are two ways to go about it: the RIGHT way and the WRONG way. Follow our tips on how to correctly negotiate and make sure you get the rent reduction you want:
If you live in an apartment in Los Feliz, Silver Lake or Echo Park then chances are you own an inflatable mattress. Am I right? I mean, where do your friends and family stay when they come to town? It is rare for a renter to spend hundreds of extra dollars a month to rent an apartment just to have an extra bedroom and be large enough to accommodate their visitors. And since there are NO good hotels and motels in our neighborhood – if your small bungalow doesn’t have room for that inflatable mattress – your visitors are stuck on the street.
That is until recently. Many hotel alternatives have been popping up around our neighborhood and internet sites such as airbnb
and VRBO are giving travelers more options for short term accommodations.
These locally owned Inns are not your typical intimate bed&breakfasts or dreary corporate hotels. They aren’t vacation rentals or sublets either. They are a perfect blend of the above, creating hotel-like accommodations in home-like settings. Below are reviews of the handful of local Inns in our ‘hood: