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Hi! I’m Lindsay, The Rental Girl: Mid-City, Mid-Wilshire & Koreatown & Hollywood / Mid-City. I’m here to help you in the following four ways...

  1. To notify you when I get new listings!

    Don’t see what you’re looking for on our site? Become our VIP member and we will notify you as soon as we get new listings that match your criteria.

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  2. To help with general rental advice

    New to LA? Need to find a rental here? Is the neighborhood safe? When should you start looking? The Rental Girl blog is a great resource for renters. All these questions and more are addressed on our blog.

     

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    Don't have time to read our blog? Here are responses to five of our most frequently asked questions:

    How can The Rental Girl help me?

    The Rental Girl has neighborhood branches throughout Los Angeles. Each branch is operated by a unique rental agent. Our agents can show you any of the listings in their areas. You can view our current listings for free! Just click on the area you are looking in, and view the agent's current inventory. Click on the Showing Times tab to schedule a viewing. If you don't see anything you like, you can join our VIP list - it's free! We'll notify you when we get new listings that match your criteria.

    I don't see anything I like on The Rental Girl site. Can you help find me something else?

    We're a small boutique agency and specialize in fabulous rentals in each of our areas. We don't have access to all the rental listings in Los Angeles. Unlike "buyer's agents" who can take buyers around to all properties for sale, we can only show you our listings for rent. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles rental market isn't set up for "renters agents" like you would expect. You should join our VIP list (it's free!) to let us know what you're looking for. When we get new listings that match your criteria, we'll email you right away. You can join our VIP list here.

    I'm having a tough time finding an apartment. Can you help give advice?

    Yes! We get a lot of inquiries from renters for help. We have compiled a whole slew of information for you on our blog: rentinginla.com to help you understand and navigate the LA rental market. Please note that The Rental Girl is a free service to renters and we get a lot of questions emailed to us. Because our agents are busy showing their listings and getting new listings, it's sometimes difficult for them to respond to everyone's general rental questions in a timely fashion. To help facilitate quicker responses, we have a put together a wonderfully curated blog that will address most of your general Los Angeles rental questions.

    I'm not sure which area I want to move to. I'm looking in a few different areas. Can I just call one agent?

    Each branch of The Rental Girl is independently operated. Each agent can only show the listings on her individual page. If you are not sure which area you want to live in, check out our blog: rentinginla.com for advice on how to find a neighborhood and narrow down your search.

    I'm moving to LA from another city/state, help!

    We recommend you narrow down the neighborhood you desire to live. If you're not sure which neighborhood you want to live in, you can utilize our blog, talk to friends who live here, and post on your social media. Next, do some research and figure out a realistic budget for the area you want to live in. We suggest padmapper.com as a resource to find out what properties rent for in various areas. Last, keep in mind LA is competitive. Be prepared. You should have a complete application packet and lease signing funds ready before you start looking. When should you start looking? Properties rent fast in Los Angeles. Most landlords are looking for immediate move-ins. So be prepared to sign a lease that starts right away in order to be competitive. We suggest you start seriously looking 2-3 weeks before your ideal move in date. And though we rent to renters "sight unseen" frequently, we don't recommend it. Our #1 advice to those of you moving from out of town is this: put your stuff in storage and rent a short term rental for 1 month (search sublets on craigslist.org, airbnb.com or vrbo.com). Take a month to get to know L.A. neighborhoods and research the rental market.

  3. To answer your questions about my current listings and schedule viewings!

    For instant information, check out the complete info/disclosures under each listing, including: Overview, Features, Video Tour/Images. Most questions are answered here. If I missed any info, shoot me an email or give me a call. Showings can be scheduled in advance (no more than a couple days advance is best) during business hours Monday-Friday, Saturdays (during our Rent Crawl). We are closed Sundays, holidays and evenings.

    Please note: I am out and about showing property and getting new listings. All calls/emails received will be returned asap or by the end of the next business day.

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  4. To assist you with future real estate needs.

    This time, I will help you rent. But next time, I will help you buy. Have you thought about purchasing a home? Or perhaps an income property? You may not be ready yet, but now is the time to start planning. Contact me to discuss.

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"Missy was a wonderful rental agent and a pleasure to work with. She always kept us informed and up to date. She was always very nice. She was straight forward and helped us in every way possible. Thank you Missy and thank you rental girl!"
—Robby G.
"My experience with Missy at The Rental Girl was phenomenal!

My husband and I were moving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles, and were pretty worried about finding a place we liked. We were tired of paying the high prices in the area and wanted something cute and affordable and after searching all over the place, I stumbled upon The Rental Girl thanks to craigslist!

I promptly told my husband that this was the site we would use for apartment hunting (a bunch of awesome ladies taking the LA real estate by storm? yes please!) and found one we loved that day and I was quickly in contact. Missy was fast to respond and such a breeze to work with. We met her at a small open house at the apartment and we fell in love and I always felt Missy was on my side, willing to help me achieve what I wanted. She was flexible and always in communication.

Thanks to her, we got the apartment! We absolutely love it and wish we could just work with Missy all the time on many other things. She made our move less stressful, she was always friendly and punctual and kind and professional, she is the IDEAL person to have handle big life changes and I'm so glad I found her/The Rental Girl. Even now, after moving into the apartment, she's checked in with me to make sure everything is going well.

If I ever need to rent again or even buy, I will always go to Missy first!"
—Ashley S.
"Missy has been very helpful so far and made viewing the property we desire possible on two occasions."
—Jordan W.
"Missy not only gave me a fantastic tour of the unit, she also advised me to explore the handful of awesome establishments in the area. This made me fall in love with the building even harder after checking out all of her recommendations."
—Beau R.
"My husband and I worked with The Rental Girl. She is fantastic! We found an amazing apartment at a very fair price. Everything was very professional from the showing of the apartment to signing the lease. They also have a great website with lots of pictures! Highly recommended!"
—Beth A.
"I got a chance to work with The Rental Girl, and she was absolutely fantastic. I ended up with an awesome apartment at a great price, and through the entire process I truly felt like she was on my side. Even if she was showing other applicants the same kind of love, it was a treat to feel like she was rooting for me! Very professional and always ready to help--I highly recommend The Rental Girl!"
—Vincent T.
"Looking for a new residence use to be so stressful and time consuming before I found The Rental Girl.
They did all the work for me, all I had to do was sign the lease.
It was a pleasure working with The Rental Girl. She always showed up on time, promptly responded to my emails and answered all my questions.
Seven days after contacting her I had the keys in my hand. It would have taken months to find a place this good on my own.
I love my new place and highly recommend The Rental Girl!"
—Samir K.
"I was at the end of my rope trying to find a place (after looking for 3 months) having combed Craigslist, Westside Rentals, Pacific Listings and a bajillion more. When I came across http://therentalgirl.com, I was immediately hooked. They have a comprehensive site, with fully disclosed property information, not to mention, they represent an inventory of beautiful homes with character and in great neighborhoods.

I contacted The Rental Girl to see a unit and upon seeing it, immediately applied. She was so helpful during the application process, she (and ALL the girls in the office) were so very understanding about some financial hardships that I was recovering from. She checked in with me consistently through the process. When I initially didn't get the apartment I applied for, she reassured me that she wanted to help me find a place and we immediately set a date to look at an apartment she had in mind.

It turned out to be THE ONE! Perfect for me, a single girl getting back on her feet. The apartment is charming and unique, the community is beautiful, I live in a safe neighborhood, and have an oversized balcony overlooking the Hollywood Hills, close to everything I could ever need!

I would not have found this gem, if it had not been for The Rental Girl, and her complete commitment to helping me find a place that would be perfect for me.

I HIGHLY recommend The Rental Girl, you will be so glad you worked with them!"
—Jennifer L.
"I've moved around a lot and have subscribed to Westside rentals, searched through the many ads on Craigslist... but I have to say, I was impressed with the Rental Girl website, free of charge, I appreciated all the photos they have available and how the areas of the city were broken out. I actually dealt with The Rental Girl who handles Hollywood & WeHo. She was prompt to answer my emails and has a fun warm personality. The place I was interested in had just become unavailable (rented) but I like that you can subscribe to their newsletter and it will blast you with new listings that fit your specifications. I recommend The Rental Girl unreservedly if you're looking to relocate. I hope that they still provide this service when I'm next in the market."
—Pilar L.
"The Rental Girl was amazing. She made everything as easy and painless as possible. I completely trusted her through out the whole process and knew that I could call her and she would be there to answer any of my questions. She made me feel very confident in my decisions. It's been a couple of months now and I'm still so in love with my new apartment and don't intended on leaving for years. Thank you, thank you The Rental Girl!"
—Jacquelyn L.
"Looking for a new place here in LA can be hard work. We went to a lot of places that weren't exactly what we were expecting from the ads we saw.That all changed when we started working with The Rental Girl! She took us to the first place we wanted to see and then suggested we check out another one of their listings. I had seen this particular listing on their site already, and had glanced over it. On her advice, we checked it out and FELL IN LOVE! I never would have asked about this apartment if she hadn't mentioned it, and I'm so glad she did. She handled everything we needed to get us moved into our new place, and she was so much fun to be around and work with. We love her so much, when we get around to having a housewarming party, she's invited! I would highly recommend checking out their listings, they made one of the most difficult parts of moving stress free."
—Sarah S.
"From finding the listing and viewing the apartment, to signing the lease and moving in, the entire process took less than two weeks - and this was over Christmas and New Years! This is 100% thanks to Missy who was incredibly helpful, informative, and accommodating throughout the entire process. She took everything completely in stride, happily answered any and all questions, worked extremely quickly to get the application processed and the lease signed, and was never less than totally available and friendly. I am so happy to have my new apartment and so thankful to have worked with someone who was so trustworthy and hard-working. Thank you Missy!"
—Abby F.
"My experience with Missy at The Rental Girl was phenomenal!

My husband and I were moving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles, and were pretty worried about finding a place we liked. We were tired of paying the high prices in the area and wanted something cute and affordable and after searching all over the place, I stumbled upon The Rental Girl thanks to craigslist!

I promptly told my husband that this was the site we would use for apartment hunting (a bunch of awesome ladies taking the LA real estate by storm? yes please!) and found one we loved that day and I was quickly in contact. Missy was fast to respond and such a breeze to work with. We met her at a small open house at the apartment and we fell in love and I always felt Missy was on my side, willing to help me achieve what I wanted. She was flexible and always in communication.

Thanks to her, we got the apartment! We absolutely love it and wish we could just work with Missy all the time on many other things. She made our move less stressful, she was always friendly and punctual and kind and professional, she is the IDEAL person to have handle big life changes and I'm so glad I found her/The Rental Girl. Even now, after moving into the apartment, she's checked in with me to make sure everything is going well.

If I ever need to rent again or even buy, I will always go to Missy first!"
—Ashley S.
"I recently had the opportunity to work with Missy Hayduk on finding an apartment in Hollywood and it could not have been a better experience. Missy is fantastic - she is decisive, communicative, straightforward and made the process easy and worry-free.

After a decade living in the same spot in Los Feliz, I was looking for something really special to inspire me to make a move out of my comfort zone... and Missy found it. When an apartment I was interested in earlier in the spring was rented before I had a chance to apply, Missy kept my criteria in mind and let me know immediately when a truly "special" place opened up. She texted me immediately about it and kept me in the loop every step of the way. She also gave me very useful background information on the management and helped to coordinate our meeting and working together.

I would recommend Missy to anyone!"
—Caroline W.
"The Rental Girl is fantastic! Looking for an apartment is always stressful, but the Rental Girl did everything to make it as easy as possible. When my roommate and I attended the apartment showing, Missy was open and friendly and answered all of our questions. We sent in our application to her that evening, and she was easy to reach via phone calls and text. She updated us frequently throughout the process. Missy knew that we were looking to move in ASAP, and worked hard to ensure we could get place before the 4th of July holiday weekend. Friendly and professional -- nothing but positive things to say! Thanks, Missy!

P.S. Prospective renters should definitely check out the tips and tricks on their website! Super helpful."
—Praise I.
"I loved working with Missy! She made our experience completely painless. She was very professional and available whenever we had questions. We'll definitely be using The Rental Girl next time we rent!!"
—Lilian W.
"daunting search for a place to rent in LA easy and enjoyable. We worked with The Rental Girl, ended up renting a place through them in the Hollywood area, the agents were always prompt, accessible and accommodating. They were very communicative throughout the entire process and made sure that any questions we had were answered. Additionally, she helped us seamlessly score the spot of our dreams, LA is finally starting to feel like home.

Highly recommend The Rental Girl for your renting / house hunting needs."
—Justine S.
"We've all heard it before: Los Angeles is an unforgiving city. And it can be pretty harsh. Whether you're vying for the last drop of raw honey from the self-pour containers at Whole Foods; desperately trying to get in to the right lane so you don't miss your exit and make yourself even later to wherever you're trying to get; or auditioning your ass off to be discovered...it's all the same. There are many of "us" and few of "it" and having someone on your side makes all the difference in the world.

Enter The Rental Girl (aka, Missy and Zaya). I have been looking for an apartment for some time now and time and again I have heard the same stories: "That unit's been rented."; "We have 27 applications for that unit."; "Landlords in LA don't like co-signers." I was just about ready to give up and trudge my sorry self back to the dark, slushy, sleety, frozen winters of Boston when I found these beauties.

Not only do they have exceptionally lovely units that aren't in apartment-farms managed by corporations with buildings across the globe, they also have the care and warmth that can give a girl hope when she's looked at 30 units in two months and is beyond burnt out. The images on their website are representative of the actual unit. No online dating-eque surprises ("Funny, your profile said you were 6'2" and gainfully employed. I'd say you were more like, 5'6" and...") when you arrive at the unit. No hidden costs. No rented units sitting for days on the website looking very available. And once you submit an application to one of the Rental Girl team members, your application stays good for any and all units you're interested in, regardless of which Rental Girl you originally submitted your application to. You pay the screening fee once.

And if that's not enough, these two women have been kind, thoughtful, responsive, supportive, and even willing to deal with a few tears (hey, who wouldn't cry after looking at 30 apartments that looked lovely online and turned out to be filthy rat holes?) along the journey.

I've noticed that there have been other comments about this team and about their expensive units. I would like to point out several things: 1) Los Angeles is expensive. According to NPR if you compare the median home price with the median income it is *the* most expensive city in the country. Worse than Manhattan. Yes. Worse. Than. Manhattan. 2) You do not have to pay The Rental Girl anything out of your own pocket for their help. So it makes sense that perhaps the landlords they work with raise their rents a touch. Fine with me.

I wish the Rental Girls were also Car-Buying Girls; Travel-Agent Girls; Matchmaker Girls...Life GIrls?"
—Elsa R.
"I love everything about this service. First, it's updated real time. One thing I hate about a lot of real estate websites is that their listings are often outdated and not current. Searching for an apartment in Los Angeles is a serious competitive game. If you don't act fast, you miss out.

I had the pleasure of working with Missy and she found me an adorable studio in Hollywood. Originally, I was interested in a different place, but lost out on it. Missy was so supportive and encouraged me to sign up on her VIP list to get first dibs and was always in touch when she thought there was a listing I may like. When showed me the studio in Hollywood, I loved it and she worked her ass off to make sure I got it and was happy. She's always in touch, very professional, and genuinely loves her job; it's evident.

The rental girl has awesome listings; super unique and cute spots u won't find on other sites. Check em out and if you are looking in the Hollywood area, you are in amazing hands with Missy!"
—Jasmine W.

Lindsay Bartlette Allen
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Mid-City, Mid-Wilshire & Koreatown & Hollywood / Mid-City