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How to Rent an Apartment in Los Angeles

2013-02-16

Rental apartments cost cheaper in Los Angeles than they do in New York or San Francisco, but finding the right place to stay in LA is still not easy. Los Angeles is a huge city that has cities within cities, where finding the right location to rent an apartment largely depends on the purpose of your visit, your budget and your personal preferences. 

A rental apartment can be the ideal way to enjoy a comfortable vacation with family in LA. Although many people prefer apartments to hotels, families find them the most useful and economical. The prices of rental apartments in LA vary drastically, depending on what part of the city the apartments are located.

Safe and Unsafe Areas in Los Angeles

Some of the safest areas in LA include Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Weho, Venice. In these areas there are a lot of homeless people, who however do not usually approach or ask for money and pretty soon you will get used to them.

The more you move towards the coast the safer the area is, where most of the beaches are located, such as Hollywood, West Hollywood, La Brea have the safest neighborhoods and offer a lot of attractions. However it is expensive to live in those areas.

The southern parts such as Dowtown, Skid Row, South Centra can be a little unsafe for tourists. These are residential neighbourhoods and not exactly where you would tour around. The north parts of LA including Burbank, San Fernando Valley are believed to be fairly safe with medium crime rate. However Burbank is a touristic city with some interesting tourist spots. The eastern areas of LA such as Verdugos, San Gabriel Valley and beyond are also moderately safe.

The Valley is not a walking place. You need to take a car to go through the 10 E. Freeway to actually travel. In the Verdugos, cities like Pasadena and Glendel offer amazing tourist attractions.

You can find a vacation rental in LA just by a quick Google search. It will bring a variety of websites that offer budget apartments for rent in different parts of LA, and here comes the hardest part – choosing the right one for you.

Vacation Rental Scams in Los Angeles

After choosing the exact part of the city, the desired price frame and needed facilities, it is worth to pay attention to trust factors. Why is it so important? The answer is simple – because nowadays vacation rental scams are more popular in LA than you might be thinking. The beautiful apartment that your decision will stop on may occur to be somebody else’s home, who will be more than surprised to see you on his doorstep! In other cases, your beautiful vacation rental doesn’t exist at all!

Scammers post the photos of homes that are on sale posted on real estate websites and label them as vacation rentals. In worse cases they may even hack the real estate sites and get confidential information about the properties and their owners.

While before the fake listings would be recognizable from poor descriptions, grammar mistakes and lack of contact information, nowadays the scammers in US are getting more and more professional, thus the above mentioned indicators will no longer work. 

One way to protect you from vacation rental scams is to avoid the too-good-to-be-true offers. Such listings usually offer amazing properties with extremely cheap prices. The prices may be even cheaper than half the rental is worth. So, if the vacation rental seems too good to be true, most likely it is!

Another way of protection is renting your apartment from a trusted website, one that offers guarantees and is somewhat proved to be trustful. So before booking, just take a look at the website’s privacy policy and available customer support.

At Ginosi.com we offer vacation rentals in LA that are owned and managed by us. We offer one of the best deals in the market with 24-hour customer support. We take your satisfaction as our priority and assure your comfortable stay in our apartments.

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