Post # 1
Some of you may know that my Fiance is moving in the spring. He has to be out of the apartment by June 1st. I have been helping him look for a place. He was going to move last spring but he gave his notice too late to his landlord. He thought it was a 30 day notice, turns out it was a 60 day notice. He lost the apartment he found last year because of that.
It took us forever to find an apartment where he could afford it and where it would allow a big dog.
So Im trying to get ahead start now. I figure it will take along time like last year.
But my Fiance and I just realized something. He has to be out of his current apartment by June 1st. How do we reserve the new apartment? How early can u reserve one? If he has to give a 60 day notice, I would rather have a apartment lined up before then. I mean I cant imagine him giving notice to his landlord and then he doesnt find an apartment!
The last time I lived in a apartment was when I was a child. And my Fiance went from a home, to an apartment, to a friends basement to his current apartment. So neither of us knows how you go from one apartment to another. You know what I mean? The technical stuff.
When can u reserve an apartment? Does it make u nervous if you have to give a 60 day notice, but cant reserve your next apartment until about month from when u plan on moving in? I figure that most places will let u reserve it up to a month of u moving in. Let me know if Im wrong.
What if I find a good apartment now, but am not moving until late May?? But I have to look for apartments now because most places dont take large dogs! In fact Ive been looking for a few weeks already and nothing.
Am I making sense?I hope I explained it well.Hope I didnt confuse any of you. 🙂 Any thoughts bees? How does it normaly work? How far in advance were u able to reserve an apartment(without having to pay rent for both places in the same months)?
Thanks for any help. This apartment hunting is not going to beat me. 🙂
Post # 3
Everyplace will be different. Look now and they may have someone in it that is not moving for awhile so it will work out.
Some places will hold it, some places require you to rent it within 30 days, others are looking to rent before the current tenants are out. You cant predict these things. You have to just look and hope. You may have to juggle rent in two place for a month.
Post # 4
It depends when you have to give notice and when the apts you’re looking at need notice. Ours needs 60 days. So they would know April 1st what’s available for June 1st. so look at places you like, and call to see when they’ll know what’s available.
Post # 5
It really depends on the complex. When we have moved apartments we set our move in date so that it overlapped with when we had to be out of the old apartment a week. That way we had time to get everything out (which usually took less than a day) and gave up time to super clean so we wouldn’t lose any of our deposit. I would start looking for apartments now but don’t reserve on until it is closer to time. Usually (atleast around here) apartments will make you pay a reservation fee, up your rent, or charge you for those months since they can’t rent the place to anyone else.
Start looking. Start narrowing it down and check with apartments to see if they have any that will be becoming available when you want to move in. It may be too early for them to know that now, I would check back in April to get a better idea, but atleast you will have narrowed down your search and given yourself an opportunity to really find a place you like rather than settling on a place because you are running out of time.
I hope that helped… Did I answer your questions at all?
Post # 6
Just like PP said, if you have to give a 60 days notice, other people will have to do that too. Start looking now and keep looking until you find what you need. Try not to worry too much and just plan ahead 🙂 You’ll be fine ! What city are you in ?
Post # 7
Most places that I have lived don’t have many apartments available much more than two months out. (So don’t start looking 6 months or a year in advance!!) That’s because often you have to give 2 months notice. Although you may find something in time, you just have to trust that you’ll find something when you give your notice. Sometimes you can pay extra each month to your landlord to go month to month. If you are moving in a popular month, there’s no need to worry that you won’t find something. (Popular months are summer months, but heavily September in college towns, followed by June. Winter months like now…particularly in New England, are not popular.) You can look now at the listings to see if what you want is reasonable – if it’s not it’ll take a LOT of looking to find a place that meets your criteria. I don’t mind looking at a lot of places for a bargain, but most people get fatigued. The dog question in some cities will narrow your options considerably.
Post # 8
@Mrs Hedgehog: Yes actually. Thanks.
@maudemaisha: Milwaukee, WI
His dog is about 90 pounds and most places dont take pets or only allow dogs up tp 30-50 pounds.
Trust me I have found some nice apartments in good neighborhoods and in his price range but then I saw the words…..No Pets Allowed or Dogs allowed up to 50 pounds.
I live by 51st and Vliet. We would like to live west or southwest of that area. Im not looking at apartments north or east of us. Those neighborhoods are pretty bad. And the most he wants to pay is 750.
Post # 9
@kay01: I know. lol
I told my Fiance no more dogs until we buy a home. Its just too much of a hassle looking for a place that takes dogs of that size.
Post # 10
we reserved an apartment 5 months out as it was the only time i had to go apartment hunting in person since i lived 600 miles away from where i was moving to
Post # 11
I am in a similar situation. Our lease is up July 31st but we must let them know by May if we are renewing. We are going to tell them now and start looking in april and tell the new place we need the place by July 15th. I would recommend u do it now n see if the new place will let u move in like on the 15th or 2 days before he has to be out of his old place.
Post # 12
We were able to reserve our current apartment two months/60 days in advance. It really just depends on when things open up, but really, if management knows that a tenant is moving out at the end of a lease, they’ll want to get the apartment filled as early as possible.
Post # 13
I feel you because I have a friend with a big dog and he is super restricted on where he can move to. I think his biggest mistake was getting the dog right before he knew he’d want to upgrade apartments, now his selection is very limited.
But where I live, you can rent an apartment the next day if need be. So I would be comfortable giving my notice 60 days in advance for sure. Of course, you should start looking at that point, but don’t expect to find something immediately. Go online and research rental buildings that allow large dogs. Once you find the building, you can most likely find an available unit even if it isn’t his dream apartment.
Post # 14
I think this varies by market to some extent as well as if you are renting from a private person or a management company. In our last move, we paid double rent for one month and had to move the week before Christmas in order to do it. We found an apartment that was going to be free 2 months before our lease was up, talked our land lord into letting us out am onth early as we knew he wanted to do some rennovations and talked the new apartment into letting us move in a month later. It cost us an extra month’s rent but the new place was cheaper than the old and cheaper than others we had looked so we saw the overall savings a being greater than the double rent. We started looking siy months in advance and saw lots of apartments. In my city (a University city), it is common that a private landloard will let you break the lease if you can find someone to take over for you so it is not unusual to look 6 months before moving. Usually when you find a listing online, it will tell you when the place is free and from there, you should be able to make contact and negotiate a move in date. How flexible the owner is will greatly depend on demand of course. I would not try to move out on the 30th and in on the 1st unless I was hiring movers to pack up and unload my stuff but that is just personal prefence, many people do move in one day.
Post # 15
Like PP’s have said, it totally depends on the place, there are no rules. Start looking, ask questions, and yes, sometimes you have to juggle rent in both places for a month. We’re doing the same thing! good luck.
Post # 16
I’d wait until April 1st to get serious about looking. Most places won’t be able to tell you their availability this far out. Two months should be plenty of time to find a place, even with a dog (speaking from experience!) With a dog that size you may also want to consider renting a house instead of an apartment. Apartments will have more stringent restrictions on weight. A house may even be more comfortable for the doggy anyway, yard and all. With the housing market as it is, you’ll probably be able to find a rental for a good price- someone who hasn’t been able to sell it and just wants another person to cover the mortgage, for example (also speaking from experience ;)). Many places will also let you sign a lease any time of the month (say, May 21st) and would prorate the rent. This way, instead of playing May rent at two places, you’d only pay an additional 10 days of rent at the new place. It would also give you 10 days to be fully moved out of the old place by June 1st.