over these frequently asked questions to learn more about me,
what I would expect from you as a tenant, and what you should
expect from me as a landlord.
Who are you?
We are a local husband and wife team that just wants to make a
difference in today's housing market. We're fair, honest,
hard working people just like you. We invest much of our income
into rental property so that we may be able to support our
family and hopefully have some sort supplemental
retirement years down the road.
Why the name
My Affordable Housing?
Housing is something that we all must have,
no matter if we buy or rent. Since we must have it, we
might as well make it as affordable as we can. My wife and
I first look for a location that we would be happy to live and
raise our family. Then we look for a home that we wouldn't mind living in. We try to balance quality of living
with cost and come up with a well balance solution for you and
your family. While everything else seems to be increasing
in price, our commitment is to remain "affordable", not to be
confused with "cheap" or "run down".
How much do you
charge for rent?
We currently offer homes in the $650-$950 per month
range with a security deposit equal to one months rent. To help
keep your rent at a reasonable rate we ask that you help out
just a little by performing the lawn maintenance yourself. If you donít
want to perform the lawn service yourself then we can maintain
the lawn for you for an additional $100 per month.
Will you "work
with me" on the deposit?
Sorry, we don't do that! We have
found over the years that tenants that do not have their deposit
and first months rent available before moving in, tend to be the
ones that pay rent late, or not pay at all. We don't enjoy
going through the eviction process any more than the next
person. For this reason we will not allow a tenant to move
in until all deposits and rent have been paid in full via cash,
cashiers check, or money order
What are your
1) Completed application from each person
18+ years of age
2) Good references and background check
required (we use
MySmartMove for background checks)
3) Proof of 6 months minimum current employment
4) Gross income
of three (3) times the rent (for each applicant if a couple is
5) Single family dwelling only.
Multi-family accommodation is rarely an exception.
6) Each adult attend a personal interview (usually
performed at the time of showing the home)
7) The entire deposit and first month's rent
in cash (occasionally the last months rent paid in advance if
What type of restrictions do you
Not many, after all, it has to be home to
you. However, as an effort to keep our units
looking and smelling nice, all of our units are completely smoke
free. A waiver must be signed by each tenant to which you
agree to pay up to $1,500 in damages if the home smells of
cigarette smoke. All of our homes are single family
dwellings only. This means that a maximum of two adults
over the age of 18, and their dependant minor children. Unmarried couples must individually apply
and be individually approved. Unauthorized guest living in
the home will be evicted, along with the tenant(s). We love
pets, but unfortunately we can not accept the liability, and our
insurance doesn't cover aggressive breeds, or cross breeds with
any portion of an aggressive breed. Because it's become
such an issue, as of January 2015, we no longer allow
pets of any kind (inside or outside). The rare exception may be
a service animal, which would require verifiable doctor's orders
indicating that requirement, a $1,000,000 insurance
liability policy with My Affordable Housing and myself as a
named insured, an additional pet deposit
of $500, and an additional $50 per month pet rent. If you want a portable storage building, or plant some flowers,
or have a
vegetable garden, it would normally be permitted (you'll need a
written landlord permission). We realize that these
restrictions may turn away some applicants,
and we are sorry for that, but hope you understand the need to
keep our units nice for the next tenant.
Can I get on a waiting list?
Absolutely! We would be more than
happy to take an application and put your name on a waiting list
for the next available unit. We always have several prospects so
get your application in as soon as possible. We make it
easy for you, just click the "Online
Application" link to fill out an application and submit it
online right now. Go ahead, it only takes a moment and
cost you nothing! If you are uncomfortable filling out
certain information, that's fine, we can get that later, but it
may delay approval of your application.
Application, what type of application?
We are looking for an applicant that we feel would take
good care of our rental units, someone that we feel would treat
it like it was their own. We realize that things
wear out and need to be repaired and we are more than willing to
take care of those items. We feel that there is no need in
punching a wall, putting a hole in it or other destructive types
of behavior. In that case the tenant will be responsible
to pay for the repairs and face immediate eviction.
There's NO exception to this rule. Violent behavior is not
Do you perform background checks?
Absolutely! We have a 3rd party company that performs thorough
background checks on any prospective tenant who's 18+ years.
These background checks cost approximately $35 and is paid by
the prospective tenant. Prices are subject to change.
We don't set the prices, nor do we receive
any portion of that fee.
How do I contact you?
You may email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-964-5551. Please leave a
message if I don't answer. I'll call you back within a few
Thank you for taking your time to see what
we are all about and what we have to offer you and your family.
I promise that you will not find a better landlord anywhere.
Check back often for updates, maps and pictures of our rental
Walley and Kerri Avara