I sent you a text for an appointment, and I haven't heard back.
The only way to schedule an appointment is the form on this site.
How do I schedule an appointment?
On the appointment page. Daylight hours only. Typically just Saturdays. No evenings. Although we would like to show you a house whenever it would be most convenient for you, disturbing our tenants and their animals is intrusive. Please preview the neighborhood, block and house before scheduling an appointment. If after that you're serious about renting, fill out the appointment form on this site.
I'm not in Philadelphia, could I Facetime with you and set up an appointment for my friends/family to make the decision for me?
The house I want is rented until May 31. When will you know if it will be available?
No later than early March for a June 1 move in and mid March for an August 1 move in. If you tell us which house you're interested in, we'll let you know the availability.
I'd like to schedule an appointment a few weeks away.
We only schedule a day or two in advance unless the house is only being shown on Saturdays. (Then we'll schedule six days ahead.)
I filled out the appointment form, but I haven't heard back.
If your appointment form is incomplete or your lease date, budget or desired area doesn't match an available house or a serious application is in process, we don't schedule appointments.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Your questions, a tape measure and the sizes of the furniture you are planning on moving in. (Furniture that is scaled for a loft is unlikely to even fit through the front door of an historic house.)
I've emailed through zillow a few times and haven't heard back.
There are known problems with email through Zillow, Trulia, etc. being routed as spam. You can always email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply?
How much does it cost to apply?
The applicant pays TransUnion credit bureau for the reports (about $35), not us. It does not affect your credit score.
Can I supply you with my credit report to avoid the fee?
No. The reports needed from TransUnion are more comprehensive.
How long does it take for you to process an application?
Not long. We don't look at any application until it's complete.
Why do you ask for a resume and references?
Real estate theft has reached epidemic levels in Philadelphia. Theft for a tenant is loss of deposits; theft for us is the loss of the house.
What do you use to choose your tenants?
Appointment, application, background checks, follow-up appointment (if needed) and all communication.
Why do you typically schedule a follow-up appointment?
Pet interview and/or discussion regarding your application.
Do I pay a holding deposit with my application?
No. Venmo one-month security and last month rent on or before signing the lease. Venmo the first month rent when you check in. We're a Mom 'n Pop, not William Penn Realty.
What is your lease like?
It's the same as all the others that include rules and regs, substantially the same as Campus Apartments---transparent, comprehensive and thorough. It's a contract that spells out obligations. The houses being rented are handmade and historic. We don't want to ever interfere, bother or intrude on our tenants or ever return less than 100% of their security deposits. We're not fans of the famous Grace Hopper quote.
Would I be able to move a few things into the house before the lease begins?
Not typically, but if the prior tenant moves out early, you might be able to sublease from them.
Can I extend my lease on a month-to-month basis?
No. Just like Campus Apartments, the lease absolutely ceases at the end of the term. If you want to renew and we agree, you'll sign a new 12-month lease.
Do you offer lease purchase?
No. We're Mom 'n Pop landlords that like our houses and our tenants. If you are looking to buy, contact Greg Damis. He's been our real estate agent for decades.
Do you offer an electronic way to pay the rent?
Venmo (owned by PayPal)! It's the only payment method we accept
do your houses have security systems?
No, but the Tenant can install a wireless one after providing us with a schematic for approval and obtaining the required city license.
Do you require insurance?
Yes. For the cost of three lattes a month why would you go without and risk ruining your life? Get three bids, but you might want to include Effectivecoverage.com---they make it easy. If you'd rather F2F, Queen Village is filled with walk-in agencies.
Your dates, rent, policies don't meet my needs. Is anything negotiable?
Sorry but no.
Who takes care of the house?
It's shared responsibility and is spelled out in the lease. We do biannual insurance inspections at the same time that the seasonal HVAC maintenance. Every month an email is sent to all tenants reminding them of monthly tasks (test the detectors, the fire extinguisher, etc.). We live within walking distance of all of the houses and have a group of responsive contractors.
I'd like to paint a few walls different colors.
NO ONE has ever has the time, energy or money to properly paint on the way out, and the incoming tenant suffers. We've tried it one too many times and like to sleep rather than doing all nighters bailing out sick and stressed moving-out tenants in order for new tenants to move in on time into the house they expect.
Who is responsible for the planters/pots/window boxes/gardens?
We're not leasing "just the rental." Our tenants are responsible for them.
Why are some of your houses blurred on google maps?
They've been used in fraud. It's an ongoing problem. We, the owners, are the only people managing our properties.