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Apartment Hunting

Apartment Hunting

Date: Jul 02 2004


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Finding a new place to live can be very difficult, especially if you want a place in a nice neighborhood.
John recently moved out of his house and found a new apartment. To do this, he had to make a lot of phone calls to rental agencies. Below we have one of his calls.
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Agent:  This is Elizabeth.

John:  Yeah, I’m calling about any apartments you have available?

Agent:  Great! What kind of apartment are you looking for?

John:  Um, either a studio or a one-bedroom.

Agent:  Okay. When are you looking to move?

John:  Um, sometime this month would be good.

Agent:  In July, or in the month of August?

John:  Oh that’s right. Um, early part of August.

Agent:  Early part of August – fantastic! I only have one one-bedroom that would be available, um, within the next couple of weeks here.

John:  Okay, and how many, how many square feet is that?

Agent:  It’s about six hundred square feet, it’s third floor, has a washer/dryer in the apartment… um, dishwasher and garbage disposal as well.

John:  Is there a view from there?

Agent:  Well, actually because of the location of the building you can see out into some of the courtyard and if you’re out on the deck you can see the Broadway Bridge and a little bit of the east side of Portland.

John:  Okay, and what’s the rent on that?

Agent:   It’s renting at eight hundred.

John:   Eight hundred dollars.

Agent:   Right.

John:   And is, what kind of deposit is part of that?

Agent:  It’s a security deposit anywhere between three hundred dollars and one month’s rent, depending on past rental credit and employment.

John:  Okay, and any application fee?

Agent:   Forty-dollar application fee per person.

John:  Alright, and is it a twelve-month lease?

Agent:  Six-month.

John:  Six-month lease.

Agent:  Yes.

John:  And then after that month-to-month?

Agent:  You can go month-to-month or you can resign. However you want to do that.

John:  Okay, and when did you say that’d be available again?

Agent:  It would be available anytime.

John:  Okay, well, let me, uh, check around a little bit and maybe I’ll call you back to set up an appointment to look at it.

Agent:  Sounds wonderful!

John:  Thank you so much!

Agent:  Great thank you!

John:  Bye bye!

Agent:  Bye!



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The rental agent speaks a little fast. Hopefully you can understand what she’s saying. As you can see, there are lots of great vocabulary words for moving and apartments.
In the U.S., renting an apartment isn’t difficult. The hard part is finding one you like that’s available.
Once you find an apartment you like, you have to show the rental agency your work history and explain past living arrangements. Generally, most people qualify to live where they like.
Have you moved recently? If so, please come share your story at the “Life Goes On” Message Board. We’re waiting for you!
Now, on to the quiz!
See you next time,



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