FINDING A GREAT RENTAL: If you are a nice person, post lots of general information about yourself on SantaBarbara.CraigsList.org and see if you can find human chemistry between yourself and a property owner.
[ If you are not nice, go to work on your own attitude. :-) ]
[ That's a tough one because if you are not nice, you are probably not yet fully "aware". Worse, you probably get angry when others try to help you change your nature. ]
In general, good tenants and good landlords are friends who actually try to be fair and be helpful to one another.
[ "A good tenant is worth a discount on the rent! He fixes his own leaking faucet and pays right on time. He's considerate, understanding, respectful of my time and cheerful, too." ]
Agent property managers are a different group. They, of course, vary substantially. But most are not involved at all in developing friendly personal relationships. They have too many units and think too little time. They want to be businesslike and efficient. They "haven't the time to get personally involved".
Instead, they get involved with background checks and credit checks and voluminous forms that generally favor the agent's interests and then the owner's interests far, far more than the tenants'.
Establishing personal rapport is less and less recognized as a part of human relationships.
THE HUMAN RELATIONSHIP
Landlord-Tenant has become a business matter and, with the proliferation of our laws, Landlord-Tenant has now become a legal morass with federal and state and local entanglements beyond the knowledge of most of us. That's even true of almost all real estate people and attorneys.
Landlord-Tenant has become a... [ more ]