Topic: Renting apartments sight-unseen?
Renting apartments sight-unseen?
A friend is trying to rent an apartment in the Columbia Uptown, but they won’t show it to him because the tenants are still living there (60 days notice, so the apartments won’t be vacant until December). The leasing agent says that folks normally rent these apartments sight unseen, said there’s no other apartment in the building to see, and told him to look at the virtual tour online — which is nice, but a 1br instead of the 2brs he’s looking at, and is surely one of the nicer and more newly renovated apartments in the buildling. Is this a thing that people do? Any suggestions? Apply, hope he doesn’t have to put down a deposit or front more than the application fee until the apartment is vacant, and then forfeit the fee (and 2 months of searching) if the apartment is a dump?
Also, anybody have any opinions on the Columbia Uptown, that area and its safety (14th and Fairmont), or live there and want to show us their apartment in exchange for beer?