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How to find a deal on apts?

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We are in a town with mostly low-income people, but oddly enough, the rent here is sky-high. Most people rent and the town is set up with rental duplexes. For ours, it's TINY, not sure the sq ft, but I've seen yards bigger than our 2 bedroom apt. It was $870 when we moved in 2 years ago and now she's raising it to $990. This includes heat/water, but even so, considering we make $10/hr and I only work part time, we can't really afford it. Our upstairs neighbors (the landlord's son and his family) have 2 kids who sound like they are throwing bowling balls on the floor at all hours of the day and then stomping around like elephants. Our dishes rattle in the cupboards

Problem is, with the recession, it seems that no one is moving, so there aren't many options.

Our landlord lives out of state and she only knows what's going on through her son who lives upstairs. Our shared dryer in the basement has been broken for over a year and the landlord refuses to fix it b/c according to her, her son says it works just fine. Well, they have the key so they can pay to run it 3 cycles to dry each load (and they do, b/c his wife complains about how long it takes), but that would cost us a bundle in quarters! He often misleads the landlord b/c he doesn't want her to be upset about anything. The neighbors also have filled up the yard with junk and the porch is all their stuff too, although it should be a shared porch. We're not really sure how to address, b/c the landlord is so closed about helping us out.

Any suggestions...obviously moving out would be the best. Anyone else have really unaffordable rent, and any suggestions?
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If you're in an area that has Craigslist, try putting out a 'housing wanted' advertisement with your needs and your budgeted amount. I've had some friends do that here in the KC area with great success.

I'd definitely get out of the situation you're in now. That is a HUGE rent increase, and it doesn't sound like you're getting good value for your money as it is. The wonderful thing about renting is that if your lease is up and you're unhappy, you can just leave!

Good luck!
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I was going to suggest a housing wanted ad on CL too. I did that two years ago, here in the Seattle area. I wrote an ad stating who we were (family of four, a fish tank), what we were looking for (something with three bedrooms and a yard, whether it was a townhouse or a house) and what we had to offer (long term rental history, stable jobs, handiness, interior decorating experience, a love for gardening...). I included the price range we could afford and the area we would live in (which spanned about 20 miles). I got about five responses over a week. We ended up renting one, which is where we still live. We live in an awesome location, save a few hundred a month on rent compared to the rental value (we pay $1000 but other similar rental houses in the neighborhood go for 1300-1400).

Good luck!
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