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December 18, 2012

Mandy asks…

What are some nice but cheap places to live that are with in 5 miles from Seattle?

I Live in Missouri, I love it here, It has its charms and I will miss St. Louis but I have lived here since I was a baby and I really just want to get out and explore. And I have always wanted to go to Seattle Washington! What are some nice areas, with cheap rent, that I could rent an apartment in? My budget is about 650 a month…. If you have any good areas let me know. Thanks!

Administrator answers:

The Seattle city limits are more than 5 miles from the “downtown” area. Five miles from the city limits will only get you into the closest suburbs in any direction. You can probably a room in shared housing with a roomate or roomates to rent for $650 per month, but not your own apartment. To get an idea of the rents, check out Seattle Craig’s List:

James asks…

Where is the cheapest place to rent a house or apartment in Ontario?

I have a small disability pension, and I’m looking to move to a small community somewhere in Ontario. It has to have broadband Internet, and be within walking distance of a grocery store, since I have no vehicle. Does anyone know where the cheapest place to rent would be? I’m guessing it would be some small, economically depressed, northern Ontario town, but cost of living there might be high enough to offset the cheap rent.


Administrator answers:

While it is quite cheap to find houses to buy or rent in many small Northern Ontario towns, that aren’t considered in Cottage Country or prime vacation spots, the cost of living is higher.

Groceries are much more expensive. Gas…..and while each small town with a population over 1000 usually does have a grocery store, the selection may be limited, and the hours, not so good. Also, to get to places like pharmacies, Walmart, clothing stores, hardware stores, doctors offices, dentists, hospitals and the like, one usually has to travel to the hub town/city. If you don’t have a vehicle, it is going to cost you an arm and a leg in cab fares……add to that limited cabs, and crappy hours as well.

Then another thing to consider, is who is going to shovel your walk, your driveway, and the like? How will you reach a store in the winter, when it is -35, snowing heavily with zero visibility? Even with a snow plow attached to my truck, there have been times we have been snowed in our house…..the longest for four days. A snow plow is no good when its in the garage and you can’t get out the door. I’m not trying to discourage you, as NO is a great place to live, but I am being realistic.

What about trying economically depressed cities? Hamilton, albeit a dreary, depressing place, has good public transportation and cheap apartments/houses. I live half the year in St. Catharines, in Southern Ontario….a small city in Niagara Region with less than 150,000 people…..the house next door to me rents for $1600+/month. The same type of backsplit in Hamilton rents for $750+. Of course if you are a single person, you wouldn’t need a five bedroom home, so your rent would be considerably less. Depending on the type of disability you have, it may be more beneficial to look into apartments as then you would have no yard maintenance, no drive to shovel and may even be able to find one with a Rec-room/exercise room or pool.

Mark asks…

Is it cheaper to rent a furnished flat in London or an unfurnished one?

We are looking to move to London soon and we were wondering if it is cheaper to rent a furnished apartment or an unfurnished one? If the apartment is furnished do you have to pay extra to have the furniture removed?

Would appreciate any insights. Thanks!

Administrator answers:

Sometimes there’s virtually no difference and it depends on the standard of the furnishings provided. If a landlord has been out to Ikea and bought very basic things at minimal cost, the rent difference between a place furnished this way and an empty place will be marginal if anything. Usually, a well-furnished apartment is more expensive – however, you do save yourselves the cost of buying your own furnishings and if you don’t have a lot of money available to furnish a home entirely yourself, renting furnished can work out ‘cheaper’ in that sense.

In some cases, especially with management companies or landlords who own multiple properties, you’ll have the option of renting a place furnished (everything included), partially furnished (the landlord will provide some items) or unfurnished, with no added charges for the choice you make. However, most landlords letting furnished property will say you need to keep it as is, they won’t have the storage to remove things. You can of course pay to store items yourself, as long as you replace everything back the way it was at the end of the tenancy.

Mary asks…

I am receiving SSI how do I get my apartment basically paid for?

Someone was telling me that if you have a disability you can get really cheap rent on an apartment like $10 a month. Does anyone know who I contact to find out how to do this?

Administrator answers:

“Someone” is an idiot. No such thing. You already get free money…now you want MORE?

Carol asks…

Is it cheaper to rent an apartment or a condo?

Is it cheaper to rent an apartment or a condo?

Administrator answers:

You have to first figure out what the monthly rent would be for each, then figure out what each place provides (ie. Washer dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.), then look at the size of the place… If one has 300 more sq. Ft then it will obviously cost more for heating and AC, also do they include utilities in the rent or do you have to pay that on top of rent? Some condo places charge a association fee.. Look into that as well. In the end, condos generally cost more than an apartment, but you’ll have to do your research. Good luck!

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