Posted on June 7, 2011
“For Rent… On A Few Conditions”
I have a daily habit of combing through Craigslist. Not the classifieds in general, but the apartments for rent specifically. It’s partially because I’m always interested to see what kinds of places people are renting out, but mostly because I’m desperate to get out of my current abode.
Photo: ♥ellie♥ on Flickr
One thing I’ve noticed is that the eye-catching apartments seem to be few and far between. Some words you might find in the initial line of an ad?
- lots of space
- updated kitchen
- outdoor space
- great location
More often than not, upon clicking the ad you’ll quickly discover that you’ve been deceived into clicking and that none of these descriptions are true. Further, so many of the photos feature over-stuffed studio apartments with one sad window trying its hardest to let a scrap of sunshine in through the bed sheet covering the pane.
My heart would pitter-patter should I just once click an ad with those very same descriptions and be presented with something such as this…
Photo: lucasfoxbcn on Flickr
And in those rare occurrences in which a potential apartment hunter find a gem of a home to call one’s own, the difficulty doesn’t stop there. Many rental ads will read something like this:
“We have a fantastic two bedroom apartment for rent with many updates throughout. You’ll be charmed by the character, the space, bright windows and brand new appliances. We are looking for a quiet, professional, long-term tenant.
Please be aware that there is no laundry on site. We do not accept smokers. ABSOLUTELY NO PETS! There is a great outdoor space but no BBQs allowed.
Thanks – we look forward to hearing from you!”
Do you see the problem?
Having a mortgage helper has become somewhat of an essential part of home ownership in Vancouver. And with that comes an incredible amount of hard-working, honest people who wish to have a place to call home but can’t pony up for mortgage down-payments.
We want a warm, homey space. We’d like to be able to live quietly with our dog or two cats or three parakeets. We’d love to open the back door and have a few friends over for a BBQ in the summertime. We’d love to wash our clothes without hauling sacks of laundry to the corner laundromat. We’d love to be a helpful, responsible contributor to your mortgage and we’d definitely like to stay a while.
When an apartment doesn’t offer any sense of a normal life, it is going to attract the kind of tenant a landlord probably doesn’t want. The solution is simple.
If you want “quiet, professional, long-term” tenants, entice those potential tenants with a truly quality home.