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Old 03-17-2010, 10:36 AM
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Hi, all!

I'm a 30 year old woman from Illinois who's just accepted a job offer in the Thibodaux-Houma area of southern Louisiana. My fiance and I are planning to move in about a month. We have a trip scheduled in a couple days to drive down, check out the area, and hopefully find an apartment we like and can afford! We're looking more at Thibodaux than Houma because my fiance is hoping to attend NSU.

I'm hoping to get advice from Louisiana natives or from others who have moved into the area from out of state. What do I need to watch out for (aside from hurricanes )? What do you wish you had known when you moved to the area? For those local to the Thibodaux area, do you have any specific advice about apartments that you would recommend (or that I should avoid)? Or things I should know about the community itself--business to seek out or avoid, good vs. bad areas of town, etc? I'm okay with being considered a "yankee" as long as it's in good fun. But I really want to get things off on the right foot with this new start.

For example, I learned just today that landlords treat the idea of a security deposit differently than in Illinois! In IL, once you've paid a security deposit, you've basically "claimed" the apartment, even if you're not planning to move in for a few weeks (or even a few months if you're doing things way in advance), and they won't charge you rent until the starting date on the lease. But I've been told that in LA, most landlords won't hold an apartment for even *two weeks,* even with a security deposit in-hand, unless they think the person is likely to be a stellar tenant. I like to plan things out very carefully in advance, so this last-moment renting is a bit hard for me to wrap my head around!

Thanks in advance for any advice and responses....I'm really looking forward to this "adventure," but it helps to know what to expect!

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