If you have ever been close to or fully homeless in Horry County, but now have a roof over your head, there is a good chance that there are certain things in your life that you just don’t take for granted anymore. All the little things that your apartment or room for rent provide you with now are much more appreciated. For me, some of those things are just simply being able to take a shower whenever I want to, and being able to pass out and take a nap without wondering whether or not the police would wake me up and take me to jail for sleeping in public.
In Myrtle Beach, homelessness is a big issue, and the landlords in the area recognize just how hungry so much of the public is for a decent place to stay. This is sad to say, but I have to tell you the truth…when you’re low-income, some of the landlords around here treat you differently. They almost can immediately recognize whether or not you’re going through the struggle and, if you appear desperate enough for an apartment or room for rent, they’ll do grimy things like try to stick you in the worst units they have, then charge you the same price as if you were in one of their much better ones. This is the case at many weekly rental motels in the area, but landlords who are asking for a very large deposit you have to watch out for, too.
The thing I’ve learned is not to get caught up on one available rental, and to keep my myself freed up when looking for a stable place to live. Recently, I had one landlord that played so many mind games and tried to string me along like she was going to work with me on the deposit to a studio apartment. I was getting paid weekly, and she told me that she would allow me to move into the apartment with the first month’s rent, then let me pay her the deposit within the first month or two. But, her attitude as I started giving her the money started flip-flopping.
I wasn’t in Horry County homeless at the time, just renting a room out in Longs, South Carolina, over 10 miles away from my job. This landlord knew that I did not drive, and realized that my main reason for really really wanting this apartment was because of how close it was to my job. The apartment was $750 for security deposit and $750 for the first month’s rent. She and I agreed that I would give her $300 every payday until I got the $750 for the month’s rent, and at that point she would let me move in. Then, she would allow me to pay the deposit within the first or second month.
I paid the room that I was renting out in Longs up for a couple of weeks to allow me to pay her that initial $750 to move in with, thinking that we had an agreement. Then, the day before I was supposed to bring her the last $300 to move in with, she switched everything up, saying that she wasn’t going to move me into the apartment because she had some insurance issues, but if I had the whole deposit I could move in, but as of right now it wasn’t up to her, just the insurance company.
Her story was so mixed up, and I figured she was lying, but I asked her anyway, was it the insurance company that was saying that she couldn’t move me in, or the fact that I didn’t have the entire deposit, because she was saying both at the same time. She then just said that she didn’t feel comfortable holding the initial money that I gave her, so she sent it back to my account.
I truly think she was playing off of the fact that I didn’t have a car, and that I wanted my apartment close to my job within walking distance. I think that’s why she kept pressuring me to get the full deposit.
She wasn’t the only landlord in the area with a nice place to live, and just like I found her I found somebody else to rent from. Now everything’s all good. All that being said, don’t let the landlord play you, whether you’re without a car, are low-income, or in a desperate housing situation. When it all boils down, that is still your money, and it’s your decision which landlord you give it to, a good one or bad one after you’ve been homeless or close to being homeless in Horry County.