Post # 1
My partner and I have found two great places that we want to rent. We applied for both, but prefer the second one. The real estate lady from the first one has been harrassing us for more details, more this, more that, even calling us first thing in the morning out of business hours, and neither of us can stand the way she talks to us.
So my question is, for those who rent, is it worth renting a nice place if the real estate agent is horrible? I know we wouldn’t have much contact with her, but right now we don’t ever wanna hear from her again…
Suggestions/experiences please? 🙂
Post # 3
For me, I think the landlord/agent is a big part of it. You may hear from or see them more than you think. Since you prefer the other rental, I wouldn’t even consider putting up with her. If she managed the property you liked best, maybe dealing with her would be an option.
Post # 4
@ZetaTucanae: You mean the landlord? I would go with the other place if the landlord is already ticking you off.
You sometimes have minimal contact w. landlords (if you’re lucky), but when things go wrong you are in touch a lot. We live in a high rise and things always seem to go wrong here. Our closet was flooded by the suite above. Our car was broken into in the supposedly secure parkade. If you don’t like the landlord, it’s an even bigger pain in the ass.. trust me.
Post # 5
@ZetaTucanae: My FI and I had a similar situation. We moved into our first apartment in 2011 and after the first year lease was up, we started looking for a house to rent instead. I love our apartment & our landlord is super laid back so we never have any issues, so the only way I was going to move out is if the house we found was perfect.
Long story short we found a house for only $100 dollars more than we pay for our apartment, so we made an appt. to look at it. Turns out the landlord was super crazy and wouldn’t even let us look at the house until we gave her our payroll stubs, where we worked, how long we’ve worked there, a written letter from our current landlord stating we are good tenants who pay our rent on time, etc. I didn’t feel comfortable going to our current landlord and telling her “Hey, we *might* want to move out-can you write us a letter of recommendation?!”
So we ended up not even going to look at that house and stayed in our apartment. If the lady wanted all of that just for us to LOOK at the place, it wasn’t worth it to me! So for me, going with the apartment with the laid back landlord was better than dealing with someone who seemed very nit-picky.
Post # 6
A demanding or intrusive landlord can your make your new apartment more like a prison. It will suck. Like a PP said, it may be fine when you don’t need anything from her (if she’s not one that pops over unexpectedly or feels like she can come in wihtout proper notice/follow the laws), but if you need help fixing something or dealing with neighbors…eek. If it’s not your top choice, it’s not worth that potentially huge hassle.
Post # 7
Because it’s a not a private rental, I don’t think we have a great deal of contact with the landlord/landlady, and all issues are taken up with the real estate person (as far as I can tell – it’s my first time renting!). It’s a bit difficult because we aren’t sure we’ll get our first pick, so we don’t really want to withdraw our application for our second choice…
But thanks for all of your advice 🙂 I think in the long run it probably would be better to turn her down if we are offered the place, just because she has treated us like children and we feel we’ve been borderline harrassed… It’s a pity because it’s such a great place!
Post # 8
Just an update: we got the place!! The good one, with the most lovely landlady. We get our keys on the day the world ends haha!
Post # 9
@ZetaTucanae: I’m renting a really nice condo w/ a terrible property manager. she pretty much never answers my emails unless it’s a super urgent problem.
however, everything in here works really well, so we almost never need to call them. so I feel like it’s totally worth it.
so…. I guess it kind of depends on the situation!
Edit: whoops, I see you already chose a place. never mind!