The Waiting List
So you call an apartment community only to find out that there is a waiting list--bummer! Now what to do?
One. Ask the leasing consultant when will an apartment be made available.
Sometimes the waiting lists are short, some people on the list may no longer qualify and other factors tend to come up that may move applicants up on the list quickly, so don't get off the phone without getting this important information.
Two. Find out how you can get on the waiting list.
You could request an application be sent to your current address. Once it arrives, review it, fill it out and then await a possible reference number or something that indicates what place you are in line for the next available unit. Some communities may respond with a letter confirming your place; however, others will not and may not have such a system in place.
Three. Ask about referral properties.
Sometimes property management has other locations that have suites available. Find out where and call them to schedule an appointment. However, keep in mind they may have waiting lists too.
Four. Make a note on your calendar to call at a later date.
As with any office, some managers get very busy, you may not be able to get all the details in one phone call, so make a note on your calendar to call again. Also, you will want to pen when you should call back to see if any apartments have since become free.
By N. McGuire
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