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    Houses in Ames

    My 3 roommates and I are looking to potentially lease a house for the next academic year. Couple of questions; is there some rule about how many unrelated people can live in a house in Ames and what do you recommend for location? Any other tips would be appreciated also! Thanks!



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    Re: Houses in Ames

    It depends on where you're at and how it's zoned. With 3 people I think you're fine everywhere, it's when you get 4, 5 and 6 unrelated people that causes problems. I lived with 4 unrelated roommates on Lettie Street and the city busted us for over-occupancy.

    I think we got caught because of an old bag on West Street who apparently keeps VERY close tabs on who moves into her neighborhood and how many people are living together. It helps to live in a neighborhood with a lot of other students, and it also helps to have a landlord that doesn't bother you/care.



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    Re: Houses in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by DJK15 View Post
    It depends on where you're at and how it's zoned. With 3 people I think you're fine everywhere, it's when you get 4, 5 and 6 unrelated people that causes problems. I lived with 4 unrelated roommates on Lettie Street and the city busted us for over-occupancy.

    I think we got caught because of an old bag on West Street who apparently keeps VERY close tabs on who moves into her neighborhood and how many people are living together. It helps to live in a neighborhood with a lot of other students, and it also helps to have a landlord that doesn't bother you/care.
    Yeah. I lived with 6 other guys (one was my brother though) at the corner of Hyland and Lincoln Way, and we actually fixed up the basement to make an extra bedroom. Our landlord was openly cool about it, and when the city wanted to inspect it (because it was a complete hellhole), he told us to "make the basement bedroom disappear for a week". Also, every single house around us was other students, so we never got noise complaints or any kind of BS along those lines. Good times.


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    I lived with 5 roommates on Ontario without problem, and 3 roommates on Wilmoth without problems. Both were houses, and Wilmoth didn't have anything but rental property on it as far as I could tell so no one really cared how many people were living there.


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    Re: Houses in Ames

    One sneaky way to get around the over occupancy is to have one person just get their mail at the post office in a po box. i did that for a year and no one was the wiser.

    Just make all the roomates chip in, it really isnt that much.

    Lived on stanton, hayward, and story street all good spots story st makes thumbs way to close



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    Re: Houses in Ames

    Any recommendations for landlords/realtors?



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    Re: Houses in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    Any recommendations for landlords/realtors?
    Try and find the independents. I lived in a place which was owned by 2 guys who had maybe a total of 4-5 properties. They actually gave a damn. Let us slide a few extra days on rent here and there, came out and fixed stuff right away. As a result, we kept the noise and parties to a minimum. Worked well both ways.

    The "big boys" are only concerned with occupancy and that check on the 1st. Spent some time with Cochrane, Hunziker, PPM and Triplett. None of them have been as good as the "little guy".



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    Re: Houses in Ames

    Defintely agree with that guy

    Little guy much better, and the place is in better condition

    Arkae wasn't too bad



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    Re: Houses in Ames

    We had Martin Property Management and they weren't too bad...but we really had it in with them. We only got fined once for parties, and they dumped it when we re-signed.

    As far as zoning goes, take a look at this site: Occupancy Rules for Rental Housing It really is a BS deal what the city of Ames does (as are many things they do) cause if you look at the zoning map, it really does differ from lot to lot.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    Any recommendations for landlords/realtors?

    Whatever you do...do NOT rent from Rainbow Properties. If I remember correctly, they rent out the last two houses on welch...I think it is 531 and 535 maybe. Do NOT rent from them whatsoever. Come by every weekend to make sure you don't have parties and what not and they will charge you for everything and not fix a damn thing. We got fined for stuff 3 years ago and we went into the house just a couple weeks ago and the stuff wasn't fixed that we were fined for...complete ********!

    If anyone reads this, DO NOT RENT FROM RAINBOW PROPERTIES! Sorry, real bad experience



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    Former Cyclone great Clint Varley is the property manager for Jensen, and he is definitely not an *******!

    I have bolded the statements above that are false.



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    Re: Houses in Ames

    The only real way that the city will bust you is if they have complaints from neighbors. We have a group down the street that I'm pretty sure is more than the 3 unrelated max and I really don't care because they're good neighbors. They don't have parties, aren't loud, and maintain their house and lawn. Why would I want to call the city about them?

    We had another group of students that decided to put a pool table in their garage so they had to park all 4 or 5 cars in the driveway and the street. Plus they parked their motorcycles on the concrete pad for the public mailboxes. That got old real quick and they are not there anymore. So just as long as you realize that you if you live in a neighborhood that isn't full of students you shouldn't act like students.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    ...so they had to park all 4 or 5 cars in the driveway and the street.
    What's wrong with that?



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    Re: Houses in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by scottie33 View Post
    Whatever you do...do NOT rent from Rainbow Properties. If I remember correctly, they rent out the last two houses on welch...I think it is 531 and 535 maybe. Do NOT rent from them whatsoever. Come by every weekend to make sure you don't have parties and what not and they will charge you for everything and not fix a damn thing. We got fined for stuff 3 years ago and we went into the house just a couple weeks ago and the stuff wasn't fixed that we were fined for...complete ********!

    If anyone reads this, DO NOT RENT FROM RAINBOW PROPERTIES! Sorry, real bad experience
    I just moved out of 531 in July after two years of living there and have not got my deposit back. The landlord seizes to exist and took down their website. (cyclonerent.com - cyclonerent Resources and Information. This website is for sale!) Also, I see they have changed names since you lived there. Do you remember the name of your landlord? Was it Jo?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sighclone Fan View Post
    I just moved out of 531 in July after two years of living there and have not got my deposit back. The landlord seizes to exist and took down their website. (cyclonerent.com - cyclonerent Resources and Information. This website is for sale!) Also, I see they have changed names since you lived there. Do you remember the name of your landlord? Was it Jo?

    Awesome - great unintentional pun.



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