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geoffbob

Aug 27, 2013, 5:17 AM

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Seeking D.F. long term apartment rental tips

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I will be moving to Mexico late 2013 and need to organize the renting of a small apartment for just myself. D.F. seems like a place I'd like to try but I note that such rentals require a co-signer or "fiador". As a Board Certified Newbie I guess I'd be at a great disadvantage because I'll just be a stranger in town. Could anyone offer a bit of advice on this point?



esperanza

Aug 27, 2013, 6:24 AM

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First of all, a really GREAT website for finding apartments in the DF is this: http://df.vivanuncios.com.mx/. Type into the search field at the top all the parameters you want: delegación, colonia, number of metros cuadrados, cost per month. There are literally thousands of apartments listed on the Distrito Federal section of the website, and there is a section of the website for every state and most cities and some towns. We found our wonderful apartment in la Condesa through this website.

As far as I know, all apartment owners or rental management services in the DF require un aval or fiador. In real estate usage, that means someone who owns his or her house in the DF--and ONLY in the DF, no other property owners are eligible-- outright, no mortgage, who is willing to sign a legal document stating that if you fail to pay your rent, the aval/fiador is liable AND if he or she fails to pay, can lose his or her property to cover the cost of your unpaid rent plus court costs, damages, etc. The key for finding someone to sign is NO MORTGAGE, and although at one time all real estate was owned free and clear, that is no longer the case--there are lots of mortgages out there. And although we had many friends in the DF before we moved here, they either rented apartments (not eligible to sign) or had mortgages (not eligible to sign).

We were to sign a year's lease. We got around the aval/fiador requirement by offering to give our landlady 12 months of pagarés (a legal document similar to an IOU). She was willing to accept those and we were thrilled.

It's worth a try in your case as well. Good luck!

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geoffbob

Aug 27, 2013, 6:36 AM

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Mil gracias Esperanza,
I will get to know the vivanuncios site and see if I can find something. I'm used to thinking in square feet but isn't 65sq.m in the ball park? I have been searching for such a site but had almost given up. Time to roll up my sleeves!

geoffrey


esperanza

Aug 27, 2013, 3:22 PM

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I don't know what ballpark you want, geoffbob. 65 square feet is very small. To convert square meters to square feet, multiply your square meters by 11--it will give you a reasonable approximation.

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TigerTonio


Aug 28, 2013, 6:02 AM

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Hi Geoffrey. Here is another option for you. Try calling Fernando at Condesa Haus in La Condesa. He has three properties, all in the Condesa neighborhood and all within a six block radius of each other. He has been known to rent rooms on a monthly basis. Might be worth it to see if he has availability.

http://www.condesahaus.com/contacts.html

However, he travels frequently and it might take some effort and patience to get in contact with him.

Good luck.

-Tony el Tigre


geoffbob

Aug 28, 2013, 6:15 AM

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That is an excellent tip tiger. Having place to lay my head while waiting for that apartment deal to present itself would take the pressure off.


esperanza

Aug 28, 2013, 9:27 AM

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Yet another site option for a short-term rentals, right here in la Condesa: https://www.airbnb.com/...%A9xico?price_max=75

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geoffbob

Aug 30, 2013, 4:39 AM

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The resources all of you provided have greatly helped me to visualize how I could find an affordable place to hang my hat in D.F. First thing on the list is a stay at Hotel Casa Gonzalez as a kind of luxurious treat to help me get my bearings. Isla told me about it and I looked it up. The ubiquitous Londinense of TripAdvisor fame in SMA has also recommended Casa Gonzalez. It'd be a bit pricey to remain there unless I'm lucky enough to find a long term apartment within a couple of weeks. If I don't locate one, then using these resources I can take more economical temporary accommodations until I find something permanent.

I plan to leave Miami for D.F. late in the year so if you should happen to hear of a long term rental apartment coming available please advise. I'm living off Social Security but surely I could afford a little spot in the capital. If my money won't support me there then it's off to the mountains of central Mexico. I've recently visited Morelia and my funds will easily stretch there. They had just about the best liquados in the galaxy. Also worth scouting as a potential perch would be Queretaro, Guanajuato, and SMA. Viva Mexico!


Anonimo

Aug 30, 2013, 6:01 AM

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Check out Casa Tarami Suites for while you are apartment hunting.
http://casatarami.blogspot.mx/p/casa-tarami_08.html



Saludos,
Anonimo


esperanza

Aug 30, 2013, 6:19 AM

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Geoffbob, this is a tiny bit off-topic, but have you investigated the Mexican government's new financial requirements for living in Mexico long-term? Things have changed here, starting in November 2012. If you have checked it out already, then good for you. If it's no, you might want to do some research.

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geoffbob

Aug 30, 2013, 6:47 AM

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Yes anonimo I have the visa to enter Mexico as a temporary resident. The consul approved it as an exception to the new requirements and I do have some savings. We will see at renewal time.

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Anonimo

Aug 30, 2013, 7:21 AM

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Re: [geoffbob] Seeking D.F. long term apartment rental tips

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No, GeoffBob, it was Esperanza who asked that question, not me.



Saludos,
Anonimo


geoffbob

Aug 30, 2013, 7:40 AM

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Chispas. Sorry.
 
 
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