To ensure your online rental search is a positive experience, be sure to follow a few basic
Avoid unusual forms of payment. Never wire funds via Western Union, Moneygram,
or any other wire service. Wiring money is the same as sending cash - once you
send it, you have no way to get it back.
Don't send money to someone you've never met in person for an apartment
you haven't seen. If you can't visit an apartment or house yourself, ask
someone you trust to go and confirm that it's for rent. In addition to setting
up a meeting, do a search on the landlord and listing. If you find the same ad
listed under a different name, that's a clue it may be a scam.
Never provide your financial information (bank account number, social security number,
credit card number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.).
Call the property manager / landlord owner and ask questions regarding the property
such as how long they have owned it, recent maintenance, and request references from
previous tenants. You should request a rental agreement or a printed list for your
obligations as a renter and review carefully.
My home is a spacious one-bedroom free-standing oceanfront townhouse in Kaneohe, Hawaii (Oahu). The complex has a pool, jacuzzi, clubhouse, and lush grounds. My unit faces the stream, near the waterfall. The place is very open, with high ceilings and big windows. It's technically a one bedroom, but the downstairs sofa bed is very comfortable for two and there is a single futon sofa upstairs (in addition to the queen-sized bed), suitable for a child. The house has one huge lanai, a BBQ, a kayak, and ocean fun equipment (boogie boards, snorkel gear, etc.) available for you to use.
Please note that the townhouse is fully furnished, but has not been child-proofed.
Pets allowed: Yes, subject to approval
Pet types: Cats, Dogs, Fish / Birds, Reptiles, Other
Appliances Included: Dishwasher, Dryer - Electric, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, Oven - Electric, Refrigerator, Stove - Electric, Washer/Dryer - In Unit
Average Utilities: $150/mo for electricity
Utilities Included: Garbage, Sewer, Water, Internet
Year Built: 1970