Hunting for New Home
We have less than 2 months before we need to move. That's when baby will be here, and no babies allowed at our current house share. We've been on the hunt for a new home. Erik and I ran across a couple of ads on craigslist requesting that we complete a background check per adult on this site called Rental Verified. Wondering if anyone has used them?
We've never heard of them, and we are leery. We emailed the owner and asked to meet with her and tour the property before we pay for a background check. We let her know that with identify theft and scams on the rise, we want to make sure everything is legitimate before we proceed.
Anyone on here have any suggestions/recommendations for finding a new home and minimizing the cost of fees or negotiating on security deposits?
Any input is appreciated :-) Thanks!
I manage the properties that the bf owns and some people are a bit weary about me asking for that info. Totally okay, I understand completely but the info is important. Same with a credit check. The company I use does not give me any of the applicant's information but if they are still unsure, I just ask that they do it on their own, black out things like social security numbers, and give me a copy.
Minimizing security deposits is something I personally do not do. But in some (rare) cases I have let the tenants make payments on it instead of paying it all at once. Of course so much of these things depend on the laws in your state so I would recommend getting in touch with your local housing authority. Good luck!
I would suggest calling realtors in the area to see what they have available. Sometimes you can negotiate but it's not usually the case.