Things to Consider Before Renting an Apartment in Los Angeles

modern apartmentYou’re ready to move to the big and bustling Los Angeles. The area itself puts you in direct contact with everything Southern California has to offer, but before you pick any location in Los Angeles, you might want to consider the facts. The rent can vary greatly from one end of L.A. to another and depending on the size of the apartment you’re looking to rent, you could pay considerably more looking just two blocks away.

The Average Rent in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, you can expect to pay:

  • $1550 for a studio
  • $2050 for a one-bedroom apartment
  • $2688 for a two-bedroom apartment
  • $3895 for a three-bedroom apartment 

But, this is in the downtown area. If you were to scoot over to Malibu, you would pay an average of $1825 for a one-bedroom apartment, while in Pasadena you could pay $1256 for the same size unit. If you moved to Crenshaw, you could get away with paying only $859 for a one bedroom.

As you can see, the area you choose greatly determines how much you pay in rent.

How to Find the Right Apartment For You

In Los Angeles, the best time to hunt for an apartment is on Thursday. Most people in LA are busy planning out their weekend adventures on Thursday – and the last thing they want is to look for an apartment. That means you’ll get more one-on-one time with the property and the management, so you can make sure it’s the right place for you.

A few other things to consider:

  1. Condition – There are a lot of older apartment buildings in LA. Prior to renting, inspect the unit and the outer areas of the building. Avoid units that have cracks in the walls or flooring, electrical wiring issues, leaks in the roof (which are evident by water stains on the ceiling or sides of the walls), and heating or cooling units that don’t work.
  2. Lease Type – In LA, you’ll find a variety of lease types to work with. You may have a defined lease term, such as six months or one year, or you could sign a month-to-month lease.
  3. Rent and Security Deposit – Always know how much you are paying each month for rent and what the terms are regarding your security deposit. In most cases, you get your security deposit back at the end of the lease term, but in some cases, there could be deductions for not cleaning the apartment or giving proper notice.
Mar 2014