Post # 1
DH and I are looking to move closer to school in August or September. We are thinking of trying to get into an apartment complex (they have a special program with our school, and are a large company in western Canada). Well, today I was on their website and saw that there are currently apartments open in the complex that we think looks best. So I tried to book a viewing. They told me that they can’t give us a viewing until a current tenant turns in their notice and to check again on August 1st. Is this normal? What if we decide we don’t like the apartment, we don’t have much of a choice by then! And why can’t we go, see the apartment, and if we like it be put on a waiting list? I know the same company did that for my grandma last year! I just don’t know what to do, renting from them would be our safest and cheapest option but we cannot be scrambling like that just before school starts!
Post # 3
This is typical for my town. If I lived in an apartment and my landlord said someone just wanted to look at it although I had no plans of moving out, I would be very angry. You still have a whole month to look if you don’t like it.
Post # 4
Well, it kind of makes sense… If all the apartments are rented, they can’t exactly give you a tour of someones place. Most likely your grandmother saw an empty apartment that already had a lot of interest from other renters.
Deffo frustrating though! Hopefully something pops up sooner than that, especially since August is 8 months away…
Post # 5
@BrookeBQ: Well yeah, that makes sense, but they’re advertising that they currently have apartments open! We’re just not ready to move yet.
Post # 6
Not sure where you live but I know here in Toronto a landlord has to give 24 hr notice before entering an apartment or showing it. I’m sure if you were a tenant and hadn’t given your notice you wouldn’t want random people coming into your apartment for no reason.
Or maybe their website isn’t totally up to date and the unit has already been leased. If you really want to check out some of the units sooner, why not just lie and say you’re looking to move in within the next month?
Post # 7
If they don’t currently have a space, then yes, it’s totally reasonable not to show you an apartment. All towns I’ve lived in had 60 days notice standard, but perhaps your town (or this particular buidling) does 30 days. It sounds like they do have places available now, but they are renting them to people willing to move in now, so showing you wouldn’t make much sense. If the units are all identical, you could push them on it – or call them and say that your move date is sooner to try to get in.
If you aren’t willing to risk not liking the place and only having 30 days to find a place, I’d look elsewhere.
Post # 8
@gonatgo: I think thats what we’re going to do.
Post # 9
I would try calling the complex and talking to a real person – it may very well be that the system says you can’t look because they don’t have a unit open for when you want to move in. If you can talk to a real person, you can explain your situation and hopefully get some help. If they have open units right now, they should be able to at least let you see it.
Post # 10
@Tigerlilybride: If they have units currently open just say you’re looking to move in a few weeks and want to look now.
Post # 11
in my building they can’t show units until they know they have one open for the requested move in date, they then usually show you a comparable unit that’s vacant for move in the current month – I was lucky and saw my own unit before move in but that’s apparently uncommon in my building.
Post # 12
@Tigerlilybride: They can’t make a tenant just open up thier apartment for a showing with the hopes of finding people to rent when someone decides to put notice in— it also seems pointless to look at someone’s apartment when you might get another layout AND there is no vacancy. I think you just chalk it up to: this place is full- and move on, unless you’re cool with taking chances.
I’d be an unhappy tenant if I rented an apartment, but was required to allow the building managers to show my apartment- if I hadn’t even put notice in that I was moving. I think it’s to be expected you might have a showing or 2 before you move once you put notice in.
Post # 13
August is half a year from now and they may have new policies, upgraded amenities, rent increases, etc. Anything they tell you now or anything you see now might be completely invalidated by August. They probably don’t want you turning up to move in for August/Septe,ber and the carpeting is totally different or the washing machine is smaller, etc. Plus if there is no one moving out then, it’s a waste of their time and yours, because you’ll go rent elsewhere instead of waiting till November or whenever for an opening.
Post # 14
yes, that’s how renting works. People hate to move because it’s always a scrable like that. Apartments don’t get advertised until 30 notice has been given. If you are looking for September, I wouldn’t look until July or August.