At the lease crossroads

At the lease crossroads

It is this time of the year again: our lease will soon be up and we spent last weekend looking at new places to move. We're doing it early this year so that we don't end up in the same situation we did last year: frantically looking for an available place days before our move date and hardly finding anything as places are already reserved or simply aren't going to be available to begin with. There was this one apartment complex we looked at last year and returned to this year. They and our current place were on top of our list, but we went with this place. This year, they're back on top of our list. We're seriously considering moving there. However, there are some things that bother me about the way they regulate our (!) move in. I dare to say average apartment renters move at the turn of a month once their previous lease is up. Last year, they (the complex we're considering again) told us we had to move in no later than (what?) by 19th of the month that overlapped with last month of then current lease. Of course, we had to pay for the days from 19th to the end of the month in both places. 10 days is ok I guess. This year, it's even more interesting. We came to them saying our lease is up at the end of August, so we'll be moving during that last weekend. The manager shook her head and said they're full and there probably won't be anything available. The latest (!) she will have available for us will be a unit that will be available on August 7, once the current residents move out July 29 and it's cleaned up. Naturally, it will most likely still be available for move in at the end of August, right? So we'll be moving just like we said. Not to her apparently: the latest she has for us is August 7th. Period. She wants us to start paying rent on the place beginning Aug. 7 if we want to lease it eventually, or it won't be there, because "August 7th is the latest" she has available. Is this right? Can they coerce us into paying for a yet vacant place only because we decided to find a place just a bit in advance? So far I haven't seen other communities request that of us. Or have I fallen off the Moon and do not understand something? And is it not worth it looking for a place beforehand then? They can, however, hold it reserved for 10 days from the day we apply (place right by them - our 2nd choice - can reserve for 60 days and they don't charge a dime). So right now we're thinking of rolling the dice and coming to her on August 20th, risking that somebody else had put in an application for it a day prior or prices have changed. And if so, we'll have to do yet another mad dash and apply asap to our 2nd choice place. Paying full rent on 2 places simultaneously with only 1 person working is just too much to afford. And while we're at it: is it not in landlords' interests to keep their residents renewing leases? Why do they offer all those free month perks with lower rent rates to new residents, and none to renewing, only higher rates? I must not understand something. I can easily move out and move back in as a fresh resident, no? Please enlighten me where I'm wrong and what I don't understand :) /end rant
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