Finding apartment in a small town?
After classes ended in December, my 25yo dd decided college was not for her and moved home. I guess she was one of the good tenents in her last apartment because the landlord begged her to stay. But it was a college apartment where she basically just rented a bedroom and shared a kitchen with 3 strangers (all girls), no living room, and she really didn't want to keep doing that if she wasn't in school.
She currently works Fri-Sun but is looking for a full time job with benefits and she and a friend have started apartment hunting. This is a small town and the online websites don't have many choices, mainly the expensive ones. She and the friend found an apartment and was told it was $695 per mo, 1st floor, with washer & dryer. She also said that she & her roommate would have separate contracts. I've never heard of that before, is that common?
Also, I asked her to bring home a copy of the contract so we could read it, and when they went back, the manager said she couldn't let her have a copy, but that we could go there to read it off her computer. Is that normal?
Also, when they went back, the apartment was not on the first floor but the second floor, and did not have washer and dryer but the price was the same as the first floor unit. Is it normal for an apartment to come with washer & dryer? Is it normal for the price to be the same for both first & second floor? It's been almost 30 years since I have rented an apartment, but back then, the 2nd floor of a 2 story building was less than the bottom floor, either because of convenience or utilities, I don't know.
This was the lower end of the apartment complexes listed on one of the online apartment finders. I am going to look at a newspaper today to see if there is anything else for rent, like garage apartments or anything cheaper.
Is there any other method of finding apartments in a small town? She wants me to go with her tomorrow to look, but after seeing the prices online, coupled with renters insurance, utilities, and car insurance, I don't know how young folks pay rent.