Craigslists for rent section has become our bible. I am constantly on it looking for updates of apartments that appeal to me. I call for appointments. I email for appointments. Many never send an answer. It is a frustrating process.
We started physically looking for an apartment on Tuesday. The pickings are mighty slim. The first place we asked to see the apartment that had just been listed that morning. It was rented. The person never saw it, just pictures. They gave a credit card number and it was theirs. Never saw it. Who does that?
The guideline for the first day was how far south of Oakland will we go. After one afternoon, we knew we were too far south. It took too long to get to where we volunteer, go to church, and where Marty works. Great apartments, just not for us.
Next up was San Leandro. We lived there several months during our remodel. A nice little town with a great library, some good restaurants, and lots and lots of apartments. There were two duplexes that we wanted to see. We went to the property management company to get the key. The only way we could get a key was to pay $25 per person for the privilege of filling out an application. Now applications always cost money. But that is for a place you know you want to live in. We haven't seen the places, and no refund. They also wanted to see our Social Security cards. The number was not good enough. No one wants the card, just the number. Guess where our cards are. Safely locked up in the safe in the storage unit.
We went to Social Security and ordered replacement cards. I have to say how the San Leandro office was. Very very helpful. And not the strange clients that Oakland has. Not a bad experience
We saw some awful places. And we saw a place I could be happy living in. It is even a ground floor apartment. It is at the upper limit of our budget. But there is hope that picky spoiled me can find a new home.
Until I find that place we will stay with our incredible friends