The Hunt

                                    Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                      everyday is a journey. 

I have to say that looking for an apartment has been a huge struggle and a challenge for us. The whole dynamics of apartment hunting has changed quite a bit since the last time we have done so, a mere five years ago. I really underestimated the process, especially since the last time, we found an apartment from the first three we saw. We looked it up, checked them out and signed the check. It was that simple and over in a couple of days.

The world of apartment hunting has changed quite a lot. Nowadays,  it seems the landlord holds all the cards before renting to anyone by simply choosing carefully who their tenants will be. There are an assortment of fees for every applicant interested. In the past, section 8 was limiting in location, but that is no longer true. Landlords will choose section 8 over everyone else. The state's check arriving on time every month is a sure thing.

The landlord charges for a credit check or application fee that can range from 21.00 to 45.00 per adult. All nonrefundable, of course, if you are not selected. Some landlords require a certain net income or Fico score. If you have a pet, the fees may vary. There are some who prefer a one time charge or there is a weight restriction involved. 

I can understand landlords being careful in whom they choose to live in their buildings, but I also think that some of them make a little extra money off these application fees. All in all, the experience left us worn out from the constant rules and regulations of apartment dwelling. We've always considered ourselves perfect candidates as we pay our rent on time and are a pretty quiet/affable bunch. Diamond is another matter. She could use a little toning done. Wink. 

Thank goodness, we were finally fortunate to have found our current apartment. We have learned a lot and hope to bring that knowledge and experience with us the next time we move. 

Have a blessed day everyone. 


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