The U-District can be noisier, and crime is a bit higher. Why don't you expand your search to include some other neighborhoods in addition to the U-District? With your requirement for a 15-20 minute commute, you have lots of other choices including; Wallingford (west of the U-District), and Laurelhurst (east of the U-District), Ravenna (north of the U-District), and Montlake (south of the U-District). Going a bit farther out, there is Green Lake, Maple Leaf, and Bryant to the north. There are a couple of other great neighborhoods south of the U-District, Mt. Baker, Madrona, and Lakewood. All these neighborhoods will put you within 15-20 minutes of downtown. Good luck!... more
I feel for you! Noise intrusion can be very unpleasant, especially if the noise is constant. It's unlikely your neighbor will choose to swelter in a hot apartment. Even if your neighbor is otherwise very nice, I doubt they will agree to switch off the A/C.
You need to raise this issue with the landlord. There may be rules restricting the hours of use of the A/C unit? Or, perhaps the landlord can find you another apartment --on the cooler side of the building, maybe?
Here's a suggestion; it may be possible to add a rubber gasket or cushion to isolate the A/C unit from the metal window frame? (Don't expect your landlord or your neighbor to think of this. You may need to suggest this to both.)
Seattle isn't usually so hot. We're having record heat this week, but normally you don't need air conditioning running constantly.
Good luck with the landlord and your neighbor!... more
No, I don't think so, we always look at the whole package....I just recently placed a family like that. Did a 3 month trial first....to make sure everyone was happy and rent was paid on time, etc.... So I do believe there is hope for you to find a rental.... more
Welcome to Seattle! What you'll find is that while Seattle is a mid-size urban city, it's made up of many small neighborhoods that feel like smaller towns. There are several good guides for Seattle that will give you an idea of what they are like, NileGuide is one (referenced below), but you can search online for others, and for Seattle Neighborhood blogs that will give you some insight on each area. (Note, if you're looking to live close to campus, University, Wallingford and Greenlake are all relatively close by). Once you've narrowed down a likely location, your best bet for rents is to search Zillow or Craigslist for those areas, and you'll see a good idea of size/amenities/rents to expect.
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First thing, a credit application will be taken for a small fee of $25-40 per person. It will ask for your work history, rent history, social security number if you have one and annual income. It will also check your background for any felony record.
If you just moved here, you will need to provide a letter proving you have been hired by a company and your start date.
If all that passes, most landlords or leasing companies for apartments ask for 1st, last month's rent and a deposit with some of that non-refundable.
What month do you plan on moving out to Seattle?... more