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A Guide to Renting in lake Erie

By Molly Welch

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Our company has been renting apartments and homes in the Erie area for over 20 years. The company started small and gradually grew into a rental agency with over 30 rental properties around the Erie area.

What are some popular neighborhoods for affordable, safe rentals?

I can't really legally answer this question. Due to fair housing I am not able to give my opinion on the "safety of a neighborhood" or the rentals.

What are some things to consider when rental searching? (i.e. being close to public transportation, laundry in facility, etc.)

Most people like to have off street parking, especially during the winter months. Also, anything that can be done to make the rental more energy efficient is helpful because it reduces the cost of utility bills.

Is working with a real estate agent really necessary?

No, we aren't real estate agents.

What are the dangers associated with utilizing sites such as Craigslist for rentals?

We use Craig's List all the time for advertising our rentals. It is a great outlet for advertising for several reasons. First, it's free and second it reaches a much broader group of people than just advertising in the local paper. People moving in from out of town usually start with Craig's list. Additionally, you can include pictures and additional information that cannot be provided in a small newspaper ad. I believe there is some danger with people hacking ads and offering rentals at a lower price if money is paid on the spot.

Should someone be prepared to put money down on the spot?

No, there is a procedure that is followed to qualify all tenants that cannot be done "on the spot;" however, if a person wants to rent an apartment or home (and they are approved) they should be prepared to put money down to hold it.

What is the best way for people to get in contact with you or your company?

We can be reached via telephone (814) 874-3800or email molly@kelsobeachrentals.com.

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