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Old 08-28-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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Can someone recommend a way to find private landlords in
Grand Junction area (including Redlands, Fruita)? I am beginning a marketing search for a rental with intent to move by Thanksgiving. I want to find a nice in-law or cottage. No intention of living in an apartment complex therefore looking for private landlords. Some of them have great properties and don't advertise.
Maybe private landlords are listed in Ref USA or some other database. Thanks.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Most private landlords use either craigslist or a local paper, no database that I have heard of. Since you're local to the area put out the word to friends and colleagues they may know of something. Vet any potential landlords very carefully, some people are very hard to do business with (especially if you are living in an in-law) or may be having financial troubles.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:49 PM
 
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Default read the landlord's beads as well

Can you offer a practical guide for vetting a landlord? Landlords can access our most private information easily but what is a good way for a prosective tenant to protect self? Landlord financial problems? There is probably a good way to get clued into this aspect as well.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:42 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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You just need to ask them direct questions and trust your gut if you feel they are lying. Why are they renting, have they rented in the past, why did the past tenant leave, how long did they stay, do they plan on selling the house.... If it's an in-law apartment and you will essentially be living with them, how do they keep up their place, are they nosey, will you have privacy...

Be sure you have a real lease with a private landlord that clearly spells out who is responsible for what. It's a business and many don't run it that way.
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I have always rented from private landlords in small complexes in GJ and it has always worked out fine. I just managed to find these situations.

The guy I rent from now has several units around town. He's an very nice guy. When I stop by his house to pay rent I am usually invited in to visit and have a cup of tea. He's an older single guy and if I don't see him around for a while I call him and make sure he's ok.

Drive around in the neighborhoods you'd like to live in and look for rental signs that don't look like property management type signs.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Best way to find houses for rent in GJ is to drive around and look for "For Rent" signs. A lot of landlords will do this. That's how we found the one we rented when we lived there a couple years ago. We had a nice, clean house in a nice neighborhood. The guy we rented from has, like, 20 houses or something and he just puts "For Rent" signs in the yards whenever he needs to. He has a no-pet/no-smoking policy and so his houses are very clean. I felt VERY comfortable renting from him, he's a respectful, honest, well-to-do man with a family, etc.

I personally would not live right next-door to a landlord because that gives them too much opportunity to be nosy.
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