Is there any thing more frustrating than having to beg somebody to take your money?
Mr. Monkey and I are looking to move to the big city* and in order to do that we need to find a house to rent. I have been looking through rental listings for a couple of months now, trying to get a sense of prices and neighborhoods. We are now poised and ready to start giving some lucky landlord a good chunk of our hard-earned money every month.
Now, if I can just get a landlord to act like they give a crap about filling their vacancies.
Example #1: We put in an application for an empty house over 2 weeks ago. Didn’t hear anything from the landlord so Mr. Monkey called him last weekend and the guy finally returned his call to say that he just hadn’t had a chance to look at the application yet (which, what? Why would you not look at an app right away. The house is empty. You make no money on an empty house) but that we’d hear from him by Wednesday or Thursday.
Today is Friday. We’ve heard nada from him.
Example #2: A phone call with a landlord:
Her: You called about the house at X and Y?
Me: Yes, I was wondering if we could schedule a time on Sunday to see it.
Her: Okay, we’ll first I need to know somethings about you.
Me: *silently waiting for her to tell me what she wants to know*
Her: Who would be living there?
Me: Me, my husband and our son.
Her: Anyone else?
Me: Nope. Just the three of us.
Her: Are you sure you really need 3 bedrooms then? (note: the house in question is a 3 bedroom, about 1200 square feet. I don’t think we’ll lose the baby in all that grandeur)
Me: Yes, we’d like space for an office.
Her: Where do you live now?
Me: blah blah small town 20 miles south blah blah
Her: Will you still work there when you move (she called my work number so she knows where I work)?
Her: Well, that will be a lot of gas. Are you sure you can afford that much gas?
What the heck lady? We have our house in Arizona rented so I get wanting to make sure you don’t have deadbeats in, but jeez, I’ll worry about the gas money, you just let us see the house that you have had advertised on Craigslist for over a month and a half.
Example #3 The five other landlords who haven’t returned my calls or emails at all.
The thing that gets me is that Mr. Monkey and I are dream renters. Really. We’re quiet, we’re neat, we don’t have pets, we have really good credit, we have decent jobs, we’re fiscally conservative so we know FOR SURE we can afford any house before we call on it.
Gah. I hate moving.
* For Iowa, that is. It is just a normal to small city for the rest of the world.