Monday, March 9, 2009

Got my own domain

Probably should have posted this long ago...but our apartment locating website is now live. I really think it is the best way to find an apartment in Austin

The blog is over there as well. Had contents on it for weeks.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Less Condos, More Apartments

At SoCo Lofts (3801 South Congress) that is. The developers have decided to make all of the residential units apartments instead. The increase in supply should continue to help renters...especially the ones at St Ed's nearby.

Hat Tip - Stephanie Zellous

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Vacancies up, Rents up

Its true.

The city-wide occupancy rate at the end of 2008 was 91.4 percent, the lowest level since 1994.

City-wide average rental rates increased slightly from $945 to $962 a month. It was because several high-rent properties opened in downtown and the West Campus area, according to Capitol Market Research president Charles Heimsath.

He expects occupancy to drop by another 2 percent and rental rates to fall by 5 percent by the end of this year.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Its the first of the month

and we all know what that means....

Thieves are stealing your rent check.

Lisa Carmona said somebody stole her rent money. It consisted of several hundreds of dollars in money orders.

She placed her rent money in her apartment's drop box and her apartment claimed they never received the payment.

Still, someone found a way to spend the money orders made out to the apartment.

"They cashed two of them and right now I'm in the process of trying to find out who and where it has happened it," Carmona said.

Carmona said the ordeal got her kicked out of her apartment.

"I had my copies of my money orders here saying that I had the money and I know I turned it in and I was forced to leave my home," Carmona said.

Carmona filed a police report and she hopes to get her money back.

A spokesperson for the Austin Police Department said crooks can alter money orders as well as steal routing numbers from personal checks. They urge consumers to check their mailboxes on a regular basis, pay bills electronically and keep a close eye on their checking accounts. You should also deliver rent payments in person.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Free Tree Recycling in Austin

Tree recycling tends to be more helpful for apartments since we don't have curbside pick up for most of us

Trees will be chipped into mulch that residents can take at no charge.

The recycling will take place Monday, Dec. 29 – Saturday, Jan. 10 at two locations:

Austin Community Landfill
9900 Giles Road
Located at the intersection of Giles Road and Highway 290 East in Northeast Travis County
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Williamson County Landfill
Located on the west side of 1660, between Highway 79 and Highway 29
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – noon
Sunday: closed

Original Story

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Getting Landlords to fix your Austin Apartment

A woman, in Mission Hills apartment, claims she has a severe rat problem and the management isn't doing enough to fix it.

You can read about the story here (video too), but that won't be the focus of the post.

If you aren't getting the response you think you deserve on an issue in your apartment there are some steps you can take to help move things along.

1. If you have an issue that threatens your health or safety, give management a written request for repairs. Use this form from the Austin Tenants Council as a guide

2. Be sure to keep a copy of the letter and send it by certified mail (e-mail is not proper notice under the Texas Property Code).

3. Call Austin Tenants’ Council’s telephone counseling line at (512)474-1961 if you still don't get the action you are looking for.

What else have you done to get a lazy landlord's attention?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Robertson Hill apartments are sold

An unnamed investor bought the Robertson Hill Apartments, a new 290-unit apartment complex at 9th and I35.

The complex has been developed by Martin Fein Interests. Robertson Hill has been part of the increase in construction of residential buildings in East Austin in recent memory.

Hal Holiday and David Aaronson of Houston-based Live Oak Capital brokered the sale on behalf of the owner, Robertson Hill Apartments LP.

Original Story
- Ignore spelling error in the title.