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Dear PoPville – Short-Term Housing Options?

by Prince Of Petworth July 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm 20 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if you would pose a question to the POP community for me. I’m looking to buy my first place, but I have to be out of my current apartment at the end of August. It’s extremely unlikely at this point that I can be closed and moved into a place by then, so I need some short-term housing I can rent month-to-month until I find a place to buy. Do any of your readers have advice for short-term housing options in DC?”

Following up on our discussion on hostels, does anyone of good month to month options?

  • mv

    I don’t understand why you can’t go month-to-month in your current apartment? You can’t be forced out of your place now unless the landlord is planning to use it for personal use or some other reasons…

    • OP

      I thought I might get that response. I tried to tell our landlord exactly that and she claims that’s not the law. I even went so far as to consult a lawyer, who reviewed the lease and advised that even though I am within my rights to stay, the lease is written in such a way that the landlord could sue for breach of contract if I don’t move out. My landlord and her husband are both lawyers and I have no doubt they would pursue legal action. I might ultimately win the suit, but I really don’t want to spend the time or money to do so. The apartment has already been re-rented, so at this point I’m moving out.

      Thanks for any advice on housing anyone might have!

      • mv

        wow they’re dicks! Sorry you’re in this situation :( I wasn’t trying to be jerky in asking, it just seems that a lot of people don’t realize you can go month-to-month (I didn’t before I read it here on PoP). Also ditto on craigslist

        • OP

          No worries. You didn’t come off as jerky. I just figured I would explain before I got a lot of the same types of comments.

      • MikeinDC

        Since you don’t wish to battle, it may be moot, but DC laws are heavily slanted in a tenant’s favor and your owners are prob violating a number of them no matter what your lease states.

        That said, Bridgestreet(.com) has some nice short-term rentals. I’ve had friends stay in them and they were very impressed.

  • cahbf

    craigslist short term/sublets/temporary (under housing)

    • caballero

      Ditto on Craigslist. I have found some good short-term tenants through that.

      Also check out Roomster.com

      Don’t waste your time (or money) with Roommates.com.

  • Papers Please

    Are you a single female? Maybe Jonathan would let you crash with him for a bit.

    • Veronika


  • MB

    Oh, lawyers. Think they can just do whatever they want…

  • Xi

    Try airbnb.com

  • PW

    You could try http://www.airbnb.com – they have a number of short-term rentals, most very short term…

    • Chris R

      +10000000 AirBnB
      just make sure you pick someone that has over 10 reviews…and most people will be willing to work with you for an extended stay..

  • joe blow

    Just contact rentals on Craigslist. If you tell them your situation and offer to pay an extra 5-10% for a month-month, hey’re pretty receptive. That’s what I’m currently doing.

    You can also ask to sign a lease with a 30-60 day out clause.

  • C

    There are property management companies, like Attache Property, that do short-term rentals aimed at corporate types. You can find some on Roomorama. Tends to be more expensive, especially if you want furnished.

    Also, some buildings that want you to sign a 6 or 12 month lease will actually give you a lease agreement that lets you leave on 30 or 60 days notice, sometimes with a fee. Would be unfurnished though.

  • Anony

    The NW corner of 15th/Mass NW has a bilding that does short term leases, but it is more expensive.

  • textdoc

    When you buy a place, be careful to allow some overlap time with whatever temporary living situation you end up with, just in case the closing date gets pushed back for some reason.

  • Anon

    If I were you, I wouldn’t try to buy right now (at least not in DC — the suburbs may be different). My fiancee and I were looking to buy, but after looking for a couple of months, we decided buying now is crazy, so we’re going to rent for a year or two. The market is nuts: multiple offers, sales way aboe asking price, people waiving home inspections, etc. It feels the same way it did a couple of years before the housing bubble popped.

    • PetworthRes

      As someone who bought in 2001, then sold and bought again in 2005 – if you think it’s crazy now, I think it’s nothing compared to how it was just a few years ago. I don’t think anyone thinks the housing market is going to get worse, so it will likely just get crazier and more expensive to buy. Of course if by waiting a year or two you could have a bigger down payment or afford something better that might be a good move. Otherwise though, I think there’s no time like the present!


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