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What is the best way to find private owned apt?

Asked by johnny0313x (1837 points ) March 26th, 2009

I am looking for a 1 bedroom that allows dogs, what is the best way to find private owned apts? This seems like the better way to go, not only do I feel they have more character then the standard white wall apt in complexes but you seem to get more for your money(assuming the landlord takes care of the place) I have been looking on craigslist and in the newspaper, I was just wondering if anyone else had some better places to look. Specifically I am looking in the Allentown/ Bethlehem area….preferably Bethlehem and you would know why if you have been to Allentown anytime recently lol

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marinelife's avatar

If you have a particular neighborhood you like in which you would find the type of buildings you are interested in, drive around and look for signs. Many landlords only put signs on the lawn and do not place ads.

johnny0313x's avatar

Good point, I was curious how most landlords go about renting their property. For example the older landlords that may not be as up to date with technology may not post ads online and like you said Marina just put a sign in the front. However I wasn’t sure if I would be wasting my time driving around. I think I know what I am doing tonight now haha

Any other suggestions, some ad on craigslist wanted me to pay $196.10 (what a figure) to have them search for me and send me the ads of private rentals. I didn’t trust it and didn’t want to pay that price for the service.

EmpressPixie's avatar

If there is a free paper in your town, you can pick it up and look at the housing ads. My landlady (who rocks) puts ads in the Reader. I’m in Chicago and when I first started looking for a new apartment, a lot of people told me the Reader was the go-to free paper for housing ads.

Depending on where you are, there may be apartment finders that will take you to various places for free. Their fee comes from the landperson. However, if you use one, pay careful, careful attention to how they treat the current residents. Chances are they will be the same people that show the apartment when you leave.

casheroo's avatar

Check the newspaper, craigslist, and drive around. That’s what I do when apartment hunting.

cwilbur's avatar

Craigslist, craigslist, craigslist. There’s even a checkbox for landlords to use to indicate whether dogs are welcome.

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