Westside Rentals gets an F, what’s the best way to find a place to live in this city?

January 11, 2007 at 3:48 pm in Real Estate

West LA Online reports that the rental company that everyone loves to hate, Westside Rentals rates a big ol’ F at the Better Business Bureau.

West LA Online seems a bit shocked that anyone is unhappy with Westside Rentals, but I’m unsurprised to say the least. I don’t know anyone who has had a good experience with Westside Rentals. It’s also beyond silly in my eyes that a company can lock you into paying $60 just to browse a poorly designed website with meager search functions when craigslist offers a more specific product that works better AND IS FREE. Not to mention that cross-posting on both Westside Rentals and craigslist is quite common these days. Of course, there is also The Rental Girl, who although I haven’t used, I’ve exchanged a few emails with and seems to be the jam.

Especially after moving as much as I have in the last few years and finally moving again over the holiday, it all just reminds me of how miserable driving around and trolling the internet to find a new place to live is. It’s horrible, draining and, in more cases than not, one of the great frustrations in life. I understand why someone might want to drop $60 to alleviate the frustration but the BBB’s rating seems to indicate that maybe it’ll just make your frustration worse. I found a beautiful place in Atwater Village just by driving some side streets and calling “For Rent” signs. What have readers found is the best way to find new housing? Is Westside Rentals the way to go and I’m just living in an anti-Westside Rentals bubble or is craigslist really as far ahead as I think?

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