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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Los Angeles

December 15, 2012

Mandy asks…

Where do I find a cheap place to stay for 1 month in the area around santa monica ?

Me and my friend are moving to Los Angeles and we just need a cheap place to stay for a little bit until our new apartment becomes available. We cant afford too much, I am looking for a price around $400-600 one month, it can be ghetto we dont care .

Administrator answers:

I don’t think that you are going to find a place of $600 per month that will just rent to you for one month. You can try roommates.com, but most people want a commitment. Even slumlords in the ghetto want a commitment, since they are looking for long-term tenants.

You might look for a hostel or check out couchsurfing.com.

George asks…

remodeling my rented unit, on a very tight budget want to update countertops, cabinets and stove?

i am renting my apartment for a real cheap rent by los angeles standards, the owner doesnt want to change anything in my unit for that reason i believe, even though he updates the other units, anyway i want to give my kitchen and bathroom countertops they are a ugly linolium. i used that cheap marble looking contact paper but it is finally giving up on me. what is the best way to give this a new look for cheap? also my stove and oven are really dingy, 2 years ago i painted it with that spray paint for high temperature things but i used white over a brown stove and now the paint is chipping and even turning brown from everyday use, im sure it has burned the paint. last i want to redo my cabinets, they are painted with white water based paint i want to redo and maybe paint or stain. what are the best cheapest ways to redo my rental? i dont want to put to much money in since i rent…. oh i went on a site that gives details on how to give countertops a marble look are this good looking?

Administrator answers:

I know this won’t be the answer you’re looking for, but wouldn’t it make more sense to try and find a cheap, used stove somewhere instead of repainting it again and again with shitty results? Ask around friends and family and ask them to ask others as well… I’m sure you can find something for just a bunch of bucks.

As for the counter tops… Try to take everything off first…. The contact paper, old color… Just everything and sand it to smooth the surface. Then go to a hardware store and let them help you out there, so you can look at the products and see what might work best for you while you have someone you can directly ask.

I don’t know about LA, but where I live, they sometimes have “leftover” counter tops dirt cheap at hardware stores. I got mine for about $30. I’m sure that would make more sense than investing in expensive foil or paint.

Good luck!

Betty asks…

I have always wanted to live in southern california…?

because it’s warmer then it is here. I live in northeastern IL by lake michigan and it’s freezing in the winter & always ten degrees colder here by the lake… Now I have heard LA is beautiful. Is there anywhere that’s near Los Angeles that’s a little cheaper than Los Angeles?? I was looking at just an apartment and they want upwards of $1,000 and 1500 dollar apartments, whcih is crazy because an apartment here is like 800 and up… Are jobs hard to find for someone who is currently in school to get there bachelor of arts degree for psychology and only has experience in retail??? I just have this fear of moving out their and not being able to afford an apartment and all that.
nope no interest in singing or acting. My friend’s interested in doing that, but you brought up some valid points, ill probably wait a while, I wanna see how the economy turns out.

Administrator answers:

Be prepared to be unemployed a long time. A very very very long time!

Maria asks…

I live in a big apt.complex. The cold water from my bathroom runs brown. What can I do to get them to fix it?

I just moved into a pretty big apartment complex in Los Angeles. The cold water from my bathroom faucet runs brown for about 5-10 seconds every time I use it. I want my landlords to fix it. However, I’m worried that if I complain to management, they will cause problems for me. Can I call a city inspector? Would that cause even more problems? The bathtub faucet and the kitchen sink seem fine. Rusty looking water only came out from those faucets when I first moved in, but the bathroom sink gives brown/orange water each time I turn on the cold water. I’m worried about getting sick. Also it is going to be embarrassing to explain this to guests when they come over and visit. Btw.. The apartment is not cheap. Everything else in this apartment is nearly new.

Administrator answers:

Your problem is old piping. In my experience the only time water does that is with iron piping, which tells me the plumbing in your building is outdated. I have been in houses were the water was rusty (which is what you’re seeing by the way) and when I went to listen the fitting the entire pipe simply snapped in half due to corrosion. If you don’t get the problem fixed now it will only get worse. Talk to the management at your building and tell them about it. If they don’t want to fix it then I would think about moving to a place where they actually do care about the safety of the tenants and are concerned about potential major water damage should a line break.

James asks…

How much is my landlord going to charge me for my apartment damages?

I live in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve lived in this apartment for 1 1/2 years. The damages I’ve done are: 2 small holes in the wall due to the door stoppers at the back bottom of the doors, and 2 places of torn carpet. My rabbit tore the carpet.
How much will it cost me? Considering I’ve lived here for 2 years, doing the recarpeting and the wall repairs.
Also, would it be cheaper to repair the walls myself??
help~
Thanks so much

Administrator answers:

The wall damages are inexpensive and easy to repair. You can do this yourself with a can of premixed wallboard compound and a plastic trowel. Both will cost you less than $5.

The carpets are another issue. Without knowing the extent of the damages and whether or not the carpet can be repaired, you may be facing a charge for full replacement of the damaged flooring. That can easily run well over $1,000, depending on how much is involved.

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