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Of course if we represent the landlord the best interest is served by having a tenant in the day after the previous tenant moves out maximizing their cash flow. While it is possible to "hold a house" it is not likely to happen for more than a couple weeks.
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The best houses might rent in 7-10 days. I used to say landlords might hold it for a month, but often now there are other people who can move in faster, so its hard to get them to hold it, without paying rent.
If you're staying in The Colony, you need to be ready to look and place an application that day. Properties lease within a couple of days of going on the market.
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That being said, 2 things to consider......
1) though possible on a case by case basis, holding a home for an extended period of time (like 7 days or longer) is rare. The reason for this and speaking as a landlord is that many applicants are positive the home is right for them and ask to remove it from the market to hold and then they never come back - from the management side, this is risky and causes lost revenue. Even if you put a hold deposit, it does not mitigate the lost marketing time and risk, so most landlords won't entertain long term holds.
2) when looking for a home, have your agent scrub them for availability dates. I have had relocating clients that needed to move immediately but a home on the market may not be available for 3 weeks. Most property managers will begin to market a property at the tail end of someone else's lease, so take this into consideration when setting a timeline.
I would recommend discussing with an agent by mid-October with the understanding that you may sign a lease with a few weeks overlap to ensure you don't have a few days of homelessness. Hope this helps.
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