About Us

APARTMENT LOCATORS is Tucson’s oldest and largest rental referral service. We have been in business since 1985, helping local landlords find high quality tenants. Our Property Consultants are all licensed Real Estate Agents, highly knowledgeable of the properties they represent, and with many years experience helping customers find homes that are “just right” for them.

-Our prospective tenants come from a large referral base, generated by our own advertising efforts, the internet, realtor referrals, and community organizations, such as Visitor’s Bureaus, and major Tucson employers.

-We are not a database—We provide a personalized service! APARTMENT LOCATORS HAS OVER 45,000 LISTINGS TO CHOOSE FROM! Our customers are provided FREE access to these listings, through a specialized ONE-to-ONE personal service. Its simple. Take a moment to share with us, your needs, wishes, dreams, price range, and move date, and we find you the perfect home! We only refer customers to a few properties which meet their specific needs, thus increasing the chances of a successful lease transaction.

-We are strictly performance based—the client never pays anything, landlords only pay a commission upon a successful placement of a new tenant.

About Tucson

Tucson is the county seat for Pima County, Arizona. As of the 2006 census, the city had a total population of 518,956, with a metropolitan area population approaching one million residents. It is the second largest city in the state of Arizona.

Tucson is the home of the University of Arizona (GO WILDCATS!!) and Davis Monthan Air Force Base. Because of the mild winters, and sunshine most of the year, Tucson has become a very popular place to live, and is a favorite retirement location for many retirees. Major incorporated supburbs of Tucson include Oro Valley, Marana, South Tucson, and Sahuarita. Other communities near Tucson include Catalina, Saddlebrooke, Green Valley, Flowing Wells, Catalina Foothills, Casas Adobes, Vail, and Tanque Verde.

Tucson has a colorful history, rich in many cultures, dating back to Native American Settlements from 10,000 BC. The name Tucson is a Spanish, but originated from the O’odham, Cuk Son, meaning “Black Base” a reference to the mostly volcanic mountains on the west side of the city. Tucson is often referred to as “The Old Pueblo” because of this colorful history. San Xavier Mission was established in 1757, with construction by the Native Americans completed in 1790. The real birthday of Tucson is 1775, when Hugh O’Conor established the Tucson Presidio, but Tucson wasn’t part of the United States until 1854, when it became a territory in the Gadsden Purchase.

Wish List

Before you begin a serious search for your next home in Tucson, it’s a good idea to delineate what you’re looking for and to prioritize those desires. Here is a list of options to consider when searching:

-First floor necessary?
-Number of Bedrooms
-Number of Baths
-Closet space or storage space a priority?
-Furnished or unfurnished
-Washer/dryer included, or washer/dryer hookups
-On-site Laundry Facilities
-New appliances and which are included (i.e. refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, etc.)
-Gas appliances
-WI-FI or internet access
-Balcony, deck, patio, porch
-Security (i.e. 24 Hr Security Staff)
-Natural light
-Wood Floors
-Cathedral or vaulted ceilings
-Outdoor storage
-Covered parking or garage
-Close Proximity to work or to school
-Close Proximity to restaurants, shopping
-Close Proximity to buslines or major streets
-Gated Community
-Fitness Center
-Business Center
-Theater/ Media Room
-Swimming Pools, Jacuzzis
-Tennis and/or basketball
-Organized Social Activities
-Utilities Included
-Landlord On-site

It is important to make a good impression when you interview with a prospective landlord. Dress nice, and by all means, be on time for your appointment. It will also be helpful for you to come prepared! If you can, bring the following documents with you:

-Driver’s License or picture ID
-Your last pay stub or latest tax return
-Banking information (i.e. debit card or checkbook, or bank statement)
-List of References and Contact Info (be sure to alert your references ahead of time)
-A letter of Reference From your current/last Landlord

Make the most of your visit. Here’s a list of questions to ask your prospective landlord:

-What is the monthly rent for the apartment or home?
-When is the rent due? Is there a grace period? Is there a penalty or late fees?
-Is there an application fee?
-What is the deposit amount?
-Is the deposit refundable? Under what conditions is it forfeited?
-Do you require the last month’s rent paid in advance?
-Pets allowed?
-Are their weight or breed restrictions on the pets?
-Is there a pet deposit? Is the pet deposit refundable?
-What length lease do you require?
-What are the penalties for breaking the lease?
-What are the terms for renewing the lease?
-What utilities are included? Which utilities am I responsible for?
-Are there any other charges or fees?
-Can I sublet?
-Can I have roommates?
-What maintenance am I responsible for?
-Is there resident maintenance staff? What hours is maintenance available?
-How is emergency maintenance handled?
-How big is the hot water heater?
-What appliances are included?
-Are laundry hookups or facilities available?
-How many parking spaces will I have? Do I have assigned parking spaces?
-What accommodations do you have for guest parking?
-Do you have on-site security personnel? Do you have security cameras?
-Are locks re-keyed or replaced every time a tenant changes?
-What hours are the fitness center open?
-What rules do you have about noise, quiet times, parties, etc.?
-How are those rules enforced?
-When will the home be available to move in?

And, don’t forget to talk to other Tucson community tenants while you’re there. Here are a few things you might want to ask:

-How responsive is the maintenance staff?
-How well does the landlord handle complaints?
-What is the noise level like?
-Do you have trouble parking?
-Are the security entries kept locked?
-Are the laundry facilities adequate?
-Are you happy with the community?

Here is a “checklist” of items to take note of when you visit:

-Are the grounds well maintained?
-Does the staff seem professional?
-What is the noise level like? We recommend that you visit during the day and in the evening, too, to see what the neighborhood is like.
-Are stairs, hallways, and outdoor areas well lit?
-Are appliances in good working order?
-Are bathrooms clean and in working order?
-Do ceilings show signs of water damage or leaks?
-In what condition is the carpeting or flooring?
-Do the walls need painting?
-Are there enough phone jacks and electrical outlets?
-Do the windows work?
-Do the doors have deadbolts and/or security chains?
-Is the storage space adequate?
-What is the water pressure like?
-Is there evidence of rodents or roaches (Don’t be afraid to look into the cabinets and closets!)?
-Is there a smoke detector?
-Are the heating and A/C systems in good working condition?
-If there is a fireplace, is it clean and in working order?

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