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Old 05-29-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Does any forum member have any leads on a one-bedroom apartment in Vermont? I sold my house in Windsor, and am living in a very tiny studio in Hartland that is twenty feet from Route 5 and the almost unbelievable amount of heavy equipment traffic that rattles the building every minute. I am retired, very quiet, have a small well-behaved mini-Aussie and a cat and I am looking for a long-term rental. My budget is up to $800 to include heat.

I hate to leave Vermont, but there are very few affordable rentals here and the ones that allow pets are often very dumpy or (as in my case), in a bad location. I have been looking over in Maine only because there seem to be so many more apartments available. I have looked at NNEREN and Dartmouth's listings, as well as Craigslist and local papers. Getting discouraged
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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$800 with heat is going to be a problem for the landlord. Work out the math for yourself - heating costs, property and income taxes, insurance, maintenance, snow removal, etc.

If you have limited amounts of money available, you may be better off moving out of New England to a real low cost state. Rural and small town homes around here can rent for less than your budget.
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:48 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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The cheapest part of the state is probably parts of the NEK and you'd have trouble even there on that budget with heat included.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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$800 with heat is going to be a problem for the landlord. Work out the math for yourself - heating costs, property and income taxes, insurance, maintenance, snow removal, etc.

If you have limited amounts of money available, you may be better off moving out of New England to a real low cost state. Rural and small town homes around here can rent for less than your budget.
I am paying 795, including heat, now but the location is bad. I do see places from time to time in this range, just not lately. I saw a nice one in Chester, but the heat is just a gas fireplace and that would be expensive. If you get far enough away from the major employment centers, the rentals are out there. I am also on a few wait lists for senior housing, so maybe that will work out. i couldn't live in the south....once was enough for me.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Do you want to stay in your area? You could try St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville. Rents are a little cheaper up that way.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Do you want to stay in your area? You could try St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville. Rents are a little cheaper up that way.
I would like to stay in the Upper Valley, but that may be impossible. I've been looking a little south of here, and the rents get cheaper as you head towards Brattleboro and Bennington. I like the idea of going further south, as my son lives in Massachusetts and I would be a bit closer.
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Old 05-30-2014, 02:43 AM
 
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There are still apartments in Lebanon for $800 including all utilities. Finding one that allows pets is more of a challenge. Have you contacted any of nonprofit organizations that offer moderate income places? Also, call some local pet organizations and tell them your dilemma they may know of pet friendly landlords.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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There are still apartments in Lebanon for $800 including all utilities. Finding one that allows pets is more of a challenge. Have you contacted any of nonprofit organizations that offer moderate income places? Also, call some local pet organizations and tell them your dilemma they may know of pet friendly landlords.
I would like to stay in Vermont, as all the wait lists for senior housing (non-profits) I am on are in Vermont and allow pets but you need to be a Vermont resident to obtain an apartment when one is available. I can't find anything comparable on the NH side of the river.

I've found a couple of possibilities on Craigslist so maybe something will shake out. It is impossible to predict when a non-profit apartment will become available and though the place I am in is nearly unbearable, in will quiet down in winter when the construction season ends. Never thought I would look forward to winter!
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Default Montpelier parking

So I am going to look at a really nice apartment in my price range in downtown Montpelier on State Street. The owner of the building mentioned that there are renters with cars but parking is a bear. Should I simply not bother looking at this? I don't want to give up my car as I do need to go to the doctor, etc. but if there is literally no place to leave it, especially in winter during the parking ban, then I'll have to pass. If anyone is familiar with parking as a renter in MP, please share your thoughts!
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Winter Springs, FL
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I do not rent or own in Montpelier, but I go to Montpelier every week. Parking is a drawback for sure. That said, it also depends on where the apartment is located. Some of the side streets are not much of an issue, but that does not take winter parking into consideration.

Edit: Sorry, just re-read your post. On State street there is parking, but most of what is available is paid parking. It averages out to about $50/month.
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