Need a quiet commuter apt for the Hubby, need advice.
Since my husband's job is now 1 1/4 hrs. from where we live, and he can called on to work mega overtime on short notice as a truck driver, we are looking to rent a commuter apartment for him. After a 14 hour day, we don't need to have him drive another 2 1/2 hours to and from home(he wouldn't be legal). The boss gets grumpy if he has legal driving hours issues and can short him runs if he is deemed as being "difficult".
All he needs is a Studio, but a small one bedroom can be had for about the same price here. But it MUST be quiet -- he HAS to sleep. Savi.ngs on gas and being able to work the overtime easily pays the rent/utility bill.
Renting a room isn't really an option, because on occasion, I may need to stay the night there - mainly due to weather problems in winter. If they are comfortable renting to a males, they don't want a wife staying over (although they joked girfriends are OK!!!) (Grrrr). Also, he may not get in until 4 in the morning and has to sleep thru the morning, and people renting rooms in homes don't want the weird hours. (He currently uses wireless headphones to listen to TV or radio during weird hours so he doesn't bother me.)
We are running into a couple of roadblocks. One, landlords look at me a crazy looking for a "pad" for my husband. They think we are either divorcing, or he is being given permission to play around! I guess commuter rentals aren't big here. I know they can't discriminate, but hey, they don't have to rent to you. Since we have owned a home for 15 years, we have no LL references. Our cre.dit references are stellar.
We are also reticent about signing a year-long contract if the apt complex turns out to be noisy - or there is a neighbor from hell. If after a couple of months it seems quiet, we'd be more than happy to sign a long lease. LL around here don't even want to talk to you unless you sign a year long lease -- and then you never hear from them if there are any problems!
What ideas do you have about finding the right type of apartment/landlord arrangement? How do you increase your chances of getting the quiet place to crash you need?