Have you been pulling your hair out trying to find a rental in Placer County? Or actually anywhere? Its true that it is nearly impossible to find an available home or apartment to rent and if you are not on top of it, well you could find yourself out of luck!
So, how do you navigate through it all so you end up with a place?
1) First you have to know where to find the property management sites for the area. It would be nice if there was just one site you could go to that had everything posted, but that would be too simple! (until now check out the rest of this blog) Instead you need to go to each site and see what they have posted. And the posting can change daily.
2) Have all your paperwork ready to go so when that perfect place pops up you can jump on it. And when I mean paperwork you will need the following: employment history, income history, rental history, bank and credit references, make and model of any cars, personal references, and in-case of emergency contacts. Info on other housemates too (if applicable)
3) Fill out an application with the property management company once you have found the house you like. The info in step two will help you fill the application easily. Some property management companies have an application fee ($35-$40 is average) and this has to be done before you even see the house.
4) Be quick to respond to any communication from the property manager. Be honest as to who will be living there, whether you have pets, and any other info they ask. Most homes will require a year long lease. Month-to-month rentals are rare so be prepared.
Keep in mind that most real estate agents do not deal in property management but many real estate companies may have a designated person in their office that does work with rental houses. When contacting a real estate office explain you need a rental and ask for their agent who handles it.
Here is a list of some property management companies and websites for Placer County that can give you a running start!