Renting in L. A. with Zoe Macfarlane Ep 27

Do you have a cheque book and how is your US Credit Score?

In this episode of Real Estate Matters, Toni talks to Zoe Macfarlane. Zoe, over the course of her career, has lived (and rented) in several different countries including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Vietnam. Zoe currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She discusses her experiences navigating the rental market as a foreigner.

This episode is key for non-US citizens interested in renting in Los Angeles, or in other parts of the United States. You’ll learn about American credit ratings, and why some landlords will reject renters who don’t have them. You’ll also learn why rental agencies can be useful and what protections there are for consumers renting in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

With her experience renting in several international markets, Zoe also gives Toni some advice on how to prepare for renting in Los Angeles, and some good online resources for finding your ideal property.

About Zoe Macfarlane

Zoe is originally from the United Kingdom and has most recently lived in New Zealand for 10 years. She now lives in Los Angeles, working for the US portal of JUCY RV Rentals. JUCY, founded in 2001 in Auckland, New Zealand, now operates in Australia and the United States as well. They offer a range of camper vans and mini-RVs for rental, designed and built by JUCY with innovative solutions for the budget-conscious, adventurous traveler.

Topics Covered

  • How does renting in Los Angeles compare to other parts of the world?
  • What’s a credit rating and why is it important in the US?
  • Rental agencies – what are they, how common are they, and how are they useful?
  • Who holds the deposit in a rented property in Los Angeles?
  • What consumer protection is available for renters
  • How much deposit you should expect to lay out
  • What you should prepare BEFORE you start looking for a rental property
  • How much you can expect to pay for a 2BR property in Los Angeles (at the time of recording)


Sites for finding a rental property in Los Angeles:
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