For rent by owner?
Anybody ever rented an apartment or a room from a private resident (i.e. a garage apartment or "pool house" or whatever)? I am having trouble finding properties that will work for me from realty agencies (in part because I don't have a lot of money to put down on a deposit and because my credit stinks) and my boss is encouraging me to take advantage of the plethora of rooms for rent in the area. I can't imagine it being a good thing, but has anybody done this to their advantage?