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Lewiston: Nice 2 BR Apt in Secure Building on Bus-line, Near Shopping



$750 per month, 2 bedrooms, 1 full baths,
0 half baths, 0 square feet

John Snyder | On the Spot Rental Management | (207) 713-0674
719 Lisbon St Apt 4, Lewiston, ME
This is a nice 2 bedroom apt on the 2nd floor of a secure building at 719 Lisbon Street, Lewiston... plenty of parking.
2BR/1BA Apartment
$750/month
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
Sq Footage Unspecified
Parking 1 dedicated
Pet Policy Cats
Deposit $750

DESCRIPTION

Property Type: 6 unit, 3 story apartment building.
Number of Rooms: Four (4). Spacious kitchen with eat-in dining area, living room, 2 bedrooms and bath.
Amenities: Has a back porch with separate storage shed.
Number of Bedrooms/Bathrooms: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath.
Utilities: Heat is provided as part of your rent; you pay your own electricity and hot water.
Vehicle Storage: Private driveway and parking out back. Driveway and parking lot newly re-tarred.
Neighborhood: This apartment is located in a very convenient Lisbon St location: it's on the bus-line, or you can walk if you prefer, since it is within just a couple of blocks to banks, grocery stores, restaurants and other shopping.
The landlord is attentive and has worked diligently to keep this building in great shape. There are all new windows throughout and the exterior was recently painted, as was this apartment. The appliances even look like new. It's all in great shape.
Lewiston
see additional photos below
RENTAL FEATURES

- Living room - Storage space - Refrigerator
- Stove/Oven - Porch - Controlled access
- Secured entry - Off-street parking - Hardwood floor

LEASE TERMS

Monthly Rental: $750.00 excluding electricity and natural gas for your hot water (not a separate tank).
Length of Lease: Minimum of 1 year.
Security Deposit: $750 (the equivalent of one month's rent).
Other Upfront Costs: 1st month's rent.
When Available: Immediately.

This is a quiet, secure building with an on-site building manager. No smoking inside the building. A maximum of two cats are allowed for a monthly pet fee (non-refundable) of $10 per cat. Sorry, no dogs.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


Kitchen

Kitchen 2

Kitchen Cupboards

Kitchen Windows

Kitchen Windows

Bathroom

Bedroom & Closet

Exterior of Building

Woodwork
Contact info:
John Snyder
On the Spot Rental Management
(207) 713-0674

Posted: Jun 3, 2013, 3:25pm PDT

I Want to Find an Apartment for $350 per Month in My Town

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Question & Answer on a Real Estate Site:

My fiance and I want to rent an apartment in our town for about $350 a month.  Can anyone help?

My amended and de-identified response (and I sure wish I’d been able to offer some hope for this couple):

Good morning,

My husband owns a property management & leasing company (http://www.onthespotrentals.com), and hears this kind of question several times a day. “Where can I get an apartment for under $500?” “I want to rent a 3 bedroom house, utilities included, for $700 a month”, etc. Many people will add that they’re “handy” and can fix the place up in exchange for reduced rent.

The unfortunate reality is that there’s almost nothing out there that’s that cheap (and if it was, you truly would not want to live there).  Last year (Fiscal Year 2010), the Fair Market Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in your county was $705 per month. That’s twice what you want to pay, and means it will be almost impossible to find anything in your price range.

I’ve heard tenants complain that the landlords are overcharging, and gouging the tenants with their prices, but mostly that’s not at all true.  It’s very expensive to own & maintain an apartment building (I know this from personal experience because I used to own several). Depending on the size of the building and its orignal cost, the mortgage, taxes and insurance can easily be a couple of thousand dollars a month. Then there’s heat, and common electricity, and water/sewer, and maintenance, and snow plowing and lawn care… many buildings lose money on a monthly basis – the landlord is just hoping to make money in the long run.

I do hope someone else has a different answer than I can offer, but I’m afraid you’re going to find it extremely difficult to get an apartment for as little as you’re looking to pay.

Good luck,
Linda Snyder
Marketing & Development
On the Spot Rentals

Seeking Apartment, Have Bad Credit. Should I Tell?

January 20, 2011 1 comment
 

My husband has a property management & rentals company (On the Spot Rentals in Maine).  His biggest complaint is not that people have poor credit, but that they are not upfront with him about it.
 
He will sit down with potential renters and explain to them that he will be doing credit history and other background checks, and that he’s aware that this economy has damaged the credit of a great many people. 
 
He will explain to them that his biggest concerns are a) have the potential renters blown off utility bills and b) have the potential renters been evicted for cause, blown off rental payments or left apartments damaged, etc.
 
He tells them that now is the time to let him know if he’s going to find these kinds of problems when he does the background checks.
 
It is disheartening how many potential renters will look him in the eye and say “No problem”.  Then he does the background check and finds a history of evictions, unpaid utilities, etc. – the very things he told those potential renters he’d be looking for.  You can believe there is no way that person is going to ever get an apartment through his company.
 
And (if he hasn’t collected the money upfront for the credit check, which he now does), he has a company that chases down the dishonest potential renters for the cost of the background checks, which just adds to their negative credit history.  So it’s a no win situation for both sides.
 
Think about it: he’s a small business person with no employees who’s trying to make a living just like everyone else.  He WANTS to find apartments for renters; that’s his income, how he pays his own bills.  If you’re a moderate to excellent risk, he’ll bend over backwards for you. 
 
So when a potential renter says, “This is what you’re going to find… I’ve had these problems and am putting my life back together”, and he does the background checks and finds that what the potential renter tells him and what he finds on that background check is essentially the same… Well, he’s going to try very hard to see if he can make it all work and find an apartment for that person.
 
Honesty is, of course, the best policy.

 

Sad to Say, Some Prospective Tenants Will Lie Even When There’s No Reason To.

January 2, 2011 1 comment

01.02.2011. 

My husband John (“Johnny On the Spot” of On the Spot Rentals) is always very clear with prospective tenants about background checks. 

The application is not a formality, he will do the background checks, and if they have anything he should be aware of, they’d better fess up now—since if they tell him their background is clean, and he finds out otherwise, that will immediately disqualify them.

John is also upfront with prospects that he knows the economy has been horrendous and that many people now have poor credit records as a result.  He says his biggest concerns are a history of evictions or skipping out on rent and utility bills… past behavior is indeed a predictor of future.  He gives prospects the opportunity to discuss what he will find before he undergoes the credit & background checks. 

You would think that most people would be relieved, and would own up to past hits or black marks.  Amazingly, he’s run across just a small minority of people willing to offer up the truth—even knowing he’s going to find out within the next 24 hours. 

A surprising number will look him right in the eye and say they understand, but actually they aren’t ready to make a decision on an apartment yet, even though they’ve just completed all the application forms.  Worse, quite a few have looked him right in the eye and said, “Of course… but you’ll find nothing to worry about.” 

For example, there was the State prison guard who laughed and said, “I’m a State employee.  I couldn’t work for the State if I had a criminal background”.  Yet she did, and three (3!) recent evictions, too.

And there was the couple who said, “Yes sir, we understand” and turned out to have a string of evictions, had skated repeatedly on utilities bills, and had even moved from another state, apparently to avoid the court system because of non-payment of more than $17,000 in child support… and in the past 3 years had skipped out on another $18,000 in child support.

It was this last couple who was the final straw.  John, who had wanted to avoid asking prospects upfront for the $25 per person fee it costs for the credit history & background check (this does not include his time chasing down employers and former landlords for references), immediately implemented the same policy that many other property management companies have. 

Now, before he will submit an application for a background check, he gets the $25 per person fee upfront.  No $25, no background check; and therefore no way the prospect will be allowed to rent the house or apartment.

It’s been an eye-opening and expensive lesson for a small businessman who believed that if he were open and honest, that others would be in return. 

Thank goodness for such wonderful people as the young wife who recently said, “My husband has a felony assault charge from several years ago, but he’s stopped drinking since then”, or the couple who had a plausible explanation for the eviction John would find. 

It’s so cliché, but still…. the truth is always the best route to take.

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