Getting a Decent Rental House in the City of Madison

Having recently moved to the city of Madison in Wisconsin, I have come to realize that getting a decent house to rent here can be challenging. In the meantime, I have been forced to put up with friends, though I feel that I am inconveniencing them. It is not really that there are no houses on offer (both for sale and for rental purposes). As a matter of fact, there seems to be a fairly good supply of vacant houses. The problems are in other areas – but definitely not in the area of house supply.

Firstly, we have the issue of the requirements made by landlords as one of the challenges that can make it hard to get a decent rental house in Madison. I have noted that most landlords go as far as asking for referrals/testimonials from previous landlords. And that is on top of the requirements for credit history. And in spite of there being an online service through which they can carry out background checks for prospective tenants, these landlords insist on having the tenants provide the testimonials personally.

Secondly, we have the issue of cost, as another challenge that can make it hard to get a decent rental house in Madison. The available decent rental houses in Madison all seem to be very expensive, in term of the required rents and deposits. It seems too costly, especially for someone who has to cater for various other needs, including paying school fees for siblings abroad and even making  commissary account remittances through

Thirdly, we have the issue of distance between the available houses and my place of work, as yet another challenge making it hard for me to get a decent rental house in the City of Madison. All the vacant houses available seem to be quite some distance from my place of work. I don’t know if I will ultimately have to put up ads on national TV, such as the ABC TV Network, to get a house in Wisconsin specifically near my place of work. Sincerely, I have tried to get a house close by – including by advertising on local websites, and I don’t seem to be getting anywhere.