rental-Fairfax Co., VA

thistle5April 18, 2006

I have a friend who wants to rent a house in VA-Fairfax county-she's been renting a very nice house (~3000 sq ft., nice yard, good school district)for the past 2 yrs, but the owners are coming back. I thought I had found a good house in my neighborhood for her ( the current renter was paying 2100), but when she called the homeowner, the rent was 2600-doesn't this seem a bit outrageous?-it is a nice house , in a nice neighborhood, but the appliances are dated, on a busy street, & the sq. footage is less than their current house, (maybe 1900-2000 sq. ft.)-I'd love for my friend to live close to me, but I don't want her to get ripped off-what would you do, to negotiate with the owner? (or should she just let this one go?) Thanks...Linda

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GammyT

What is the rent in the area for other places the same size? And how long did those people live there.

When I left my rental of 14 years the landlord doubled the rent for the new tenant. In doing so the rent is comparable and very fair. All she did was replace the carpet and paint.

Those tenants have the stove that was there when I moved in, she works, you just have to talk nice to her. The dishwasher was a great storage place. The fridge worked, it was newer but bottom of the line. The newest thing in the place was the stove hood. I got sick and tired of trying to clean the old one that had layers of wall paint on it so I replaced it on my dime.

All the old appliances and the landlord can get the rent she wants because it is a desirable area.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2006 at 8:26PM
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brennafly

Considering that the cheapest apartment I have been able to find in Fairfax (a studio, in a not so great part of the county) went for $900, $2600 for a 2000 sq ft SFH in a good neighborhood sounds about right. Housing prices in NoVa are absolutely ridiculous, whether buying or renting. That's why I live in Fredericksburg and commute to DC and my rent is still high! Check out washingtondc.craigslist.com to get a good idea of rent/housing prices for comparable properties.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2006 at 2:27PM
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