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Thu Oct 18, 2012
Ray Akers answered:
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
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Thu Aug 16, 2012
Ray Akers answered:
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!
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Fri Jun 8, 2012
Rob Armstrong answered:
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.

-Rob
RD House Real Estate & Property Management
www.rd-house.com
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Wed May 30, 2012
Mary Devino answered:
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?
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Mon May 7, 2012
Chris Loeliger answered:
With all the facts up front. They will want to do a credit check before renting to you so tell them what the facts are so it isn't a surprise. Tell them about the dogs too. They'll find out. If you tell them up front you will not waste your time and money (doing credit checks) on people that won't rent to you. ... more
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Sun May 13, 2012
Dan Tabit answered:
Newseattlites,
Do you have anyone you know and trust already living here? They could scout out some options, take pictures and provide some personal perspective to what the areas are like.
You could also put your stuff in storage for a week or two and stay somewhere temporarily until you sort out what you are looking for.
You will have a wide range of options depending on what you are looking for, from downtown active lifestyle places to quiet suburbs and everything in between. Expect our prices to be higher than you are probably paying in Florida.
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Wed Feb 1, 2017
Brett Frosaker answered:
1. Check out reviews on Yelp
2. Walk the property to see if its well maintained.
3. Talk to current residents
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Tue May 13, 2014
Steven Ford answered:
Any rent owed or utilities paid should be negotiated and put in writing. Failure to note these specifics in the lease or an addendum will cause you a great deal of frustration.
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Wed Oct 20, 2010
No Name answered:
Hi Chris,

This can be answered several ways with one common theme: get some legal advice.

If you are an owner in a condo conversion and the developer has not turned over the association, then you have different issues than if your community has been turned over to the new owners. A lawyer will help guide you through your options and suggest courses of action.

In a condo, the association "owns" the building so it's important to know exactly what is being foreclosed upon.

Is the HOA delinquent in something and had leveraged the association's assets? ...or (in an unfinished condo conversion) is the bank simply foreclosing upon unsold units? This information is all important.

If you are a renter, then you need to chat with your local rental advocates - call the City of Seattle or a local renter advocate.

I hope that helps!
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Sun Feb 7, 2010
Mack McCoy answered:
No, the overwhelming majority of rentals are handled either by owner or property managers.
Early June is a fine time.
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Wed Nov 2, 2016
Steve McDonald answered:
Marieta,
I would suggest inquiring at Northaven ( http://www.northaven.com/ ) in the Northgate area. I believe their monthly rate for an efficiency studio is just above $400/month. There's also a required meal (dinner) plan for an additional fee. Their location is excellent for a senior with many services nearby.
Steve
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Wed May 9, 2012
Don Dutton answered:
Yes. Your landlord still owns the property up to the time the property is sold by the Trustee. That will probably be in 90 days. After the Trustees Sale your lease/rental agreement will be terminated. Your obligation up until that time will be to the owner/landlord. If you fail to pay rent you are subject to eviction. ... more
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