a landlord, and some complex-owners
choose to avoid problems by simply not
allowing pets. Overall, however, quite
a few places in Austin are pet-friendly.
Some places have restrictions on species,
size, and breed. Breeds that are considered aggressive, like pit bulls, for example,
are restricted from many otherwise
pet-friendly buildings. If you come across
an apartment that does not allow pets, try
offering to get pet liability insurance. The
landlord may change his or her mind.
Having a restricted budget can also make
an apartment search difficult, particularly in a market with as much demand
as Austin. You may be tempted to rush
into a commitment to secure a great deal
before someone else snatches it up. As
anyone who has surfed Craigslist apartment listings in any city will know, deals
that are too good to be true, usually are.
The fastest, easiest, and safest way to find
the perfect apartment in your budget is to
get help from a local — and Austin has a
lot of apartment locating resources.
Apartments HERE! is an apartment
locator service that calls Austin home.
Not only can these folks search a database
of apartments all over the Austin Metropolitan Area, but they offer personalized
service to find the right apartment for you.
“What we can tell a prospective renter in
five minutes will save them hours, if not
days, of time, gas, and trouble,” says Reeh,
who grew up in Austin. The best part is,
these services are free to you. How is that
possible? Apartment locators are compensated by landlords for bringing interested
tenants their way, and this cost is never
passed on to you in the form of higher rent
or other fees. The service is genuinely free.
Many apartment hunters from other
cities don’t think they need an apartment