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Renting in the Greater Seattle Area

This information is intended to provide insight into our rental services and the (very competitive) Seattle rental market. Please go to www.homedest.com for more details and review our list of services. The Home Destination team is here to ease your relocation process, and we are happy to answer any questions.

** We recommend starting your search for a rental at a minimum of 1 month before temp housing ends to ensure you find the ideal rental property in time**

OUTLINE OF A RENTAL TOUR:

  • Consultation: We discuss your needs/wants and help you understand what to expect. This is the first step to effective research.
  • Research: The key to a successful tour is finding viable rental selections and arranging appointments.
  • Property List: To the extent possible, we will share rental leads with you in advance. We value your feedback.
  • Rental Tour: The standard tour provided by most companies is a half day (approximately 4 hours).
  • Post-Tour Research: We continue to help you find rental options after the tour, so you can look on your own.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Very often we do not have time to show every available rental. Or, there are so limited listings thus we don’t use the whole four hours initially. Just know we will do everything possible to help you. But often you may need to look at options on your own.
  • We do not get paid based on the price of your rental, and we have no hidden agenda to get you to pay higher rent. We just want you to be happy where you end up. We may tell you about a great rental that is slightly over budget.
  • Unless you are authorized for settling-in services, we won’t be involved with your application, walk through or lease signing.
  • We cannot give you legal advice. However, we can look over the lease in case there is something out of the ordinary.
  • As much as we would like to spend all the time you need. We are only allotted a specific number of hours. Because of this, we may focus on MLS properties during your tour considering you may view Craigslist rentals/ Zillow and other listings on your own.

THINGS TO BRING WITH YOU ON TOUR:

  • Picture ID: Most apartments will not allow you to view a unit without it. Typically, they will hold onto your ID during the tour. Rental house and condo tours do not require ID to view but you will need ID if you decide to rent.
  • Checkbook: Most rental agencies and owners will take a personal check. It’s important to be prepared if you decide to rent.
  • References: Good idea to have rental or homeownership references handy, you will need them for your application.
  • Slip-on Shoes: Sounds funny however many of the rentals, especially houses or privately-owned condos have a “no shoes” policy.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SEATTLE RENTAL MARKET:

  • Very typically household income must be greater than or equal to three times the monthly rent.
  • Every person 18 years old or older will need to fill out an application and pay the application fee (usually $30-40 per person).
  • Your application will consist of a credit check, employment verification and very commonly a background check.
  • Security and pet deposits can range from $500 to a full month’s rent.
  • It is common for rental houses and privately-owned condos to ask for first month’s rent, last month’s rent and a deposit.
  • Most apartments allow small to medium size cats/dogs. Privately owned homes/condos are 50/50 on allowing pets.
  • There is no rent control in Seattle; prices continue to increase. That is one good reason to lock into a long-term lease.
  • Your lease dictates the terms of breaking your lease. You could be on the hook for the term of the lease. Beware!
  • Rentals go fast; you cannot wait! If you find something you like we suggest you grab it as quickly as possible.
  • Seattle is FIRST COME for rentals. If you like a listing you see, you will need to have a complete application done before the rental will be yours!

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