I'm back to hawking the place on Craigslist:
Looks okay to me.
(I mean, the photo sucks, but I have to go get some new ones anyway.)
It's fairly private back there.
Cats legal, free private laundry downstairs, easy walk to campus.
But no stainless steel in there, or granite.
Out back unit tenant just gave notice that she's leaving October 1st.
(I'll fudge the 30 day bit for her, cos I know money is an issue, and she can't manage paying double rent.)
The annoying thing is that if she'd done this as of September 1st, life would be ever so much easier, and I would be getting in a graduate student or two who would stay put a couple of years.
Prolly with a cat.
But the term's already begun, and most people are settled in by now.
Not entirely sure why current kid is leaving, but I think it was roommate meltdown.
Or discovering the water bill.
(She somehow had managed not to realize it needed to be paid, and the water company has only just started going after her.)
She's all apologetic and helpful about it all
So I'm just getting the first nibbles, and they are all people who won't want it.
Professional couples who will want their stainless steel whatsies.
The husbands will all kick the metaphorical tires of the place and demonstrate their care for their spouse by being douches about it.
Ya know, just say no and go away – I'm sorry your king-sized bed and monster tv won't fit in the bedroom, but you don't need to treat it as a personal affront.
And the rest will be desperate people I won't want.
If I set up Section 8 on the apartment they will never leave.
Because there aren't enough Section 8 units, and they won't be able to afford to leave
So they will stay there forever.
Re-adjusting rents in Berkeley only happens between tenants, except for tiny, tiny cost-of-iving increases set by the city.
So you want the place to turn over every so often so you can do a reality check with where rents are now.
Especially since I have it already listed at the low end for Berkeley – cos I want students.
And already a little lower than that – cos the economy sucks.
And cos I am looking for tenants in OCTOBER.
And, worst of all.
Baby cat will be moving too.
(Curtains stay, though)