renting a flat on a visa waiver possible?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 14, 2013 3:49 PM Last Post By: Christnp
Jan 13, 2013 12:29 AM
renting a flat on a visa waiver possible?Hi!
I was wondering - has anything changed with regards to renting a flat on a visa waiver? (I hope this isn't off topic)
My problem is that I will be staying in Idaho for three months starting two weeks from now. I'll be going on a visa waiver and would love to rent a great flat there - but the unchangable standard lease is for 5 months. I would just rent it, then obviously leave the USA within the three months (a takeover would cost $500 extra) and let it be.
But I really don't want to get into trouble with the visa waiver rules and I'm unsure if I would be breaking them.
Does anyone have and solid information on that? I've searched and asked my friends, but nobody has anything definitive.
Jan 13, 2013 1:10 AM
1Renting a property is fine, vacationers do it all of the time all over the USA.
But, take care not to work in the USA as that would definitely be an issue, even if it is temporary employment.
You must also take care to never claim that you have US ID, be a citizen or possess residency in the united states. All of those would be a breach of the Waiver Rules.
Always make sure that you tell the truth and that you are there as a visitor!
Good luck Sjoerd!
Kev from Link Name
Jan 13, 2013 3:32 AM
2Doesn't sound like a problem, but what are you going to be doing in Idaho for 3 months?
Jan 13, 2013 5:13 AM
Jan 13, 2013 8:17 AM
4OP, you don't mention where in Idaho you will be staying but Google "extended stay" and you'll be presented with a long list of choices.Chains like Residence Inn are pretty common all over the US but there also seems to be a large number of independent places. They all rent by the week or month and there shouldn't be any sort of lease involved.
Jan 13, 2013 9:17 AM
5Many even have a free breakfast too....
Jan 13, 2013 10:36 AM
6"the unchangable standard lease is for 5 months" ?????????????
Never heard of this ! (lifelong US resident) "Standard" lease afaik is one year (doubt any landlord would want to bother with more turnover than that unless desperate, and then I'd be asking why), with only vacation properties renting by the week, but landlords rent to "tenants at will" all the time. Credit check, references, etc are also all pretty "standard" these days. Landlords in communities with universities may be more used to dealing with foreign (student) tenants, but probably not in Idaho.
Jan 13, 2013 11:11 AM
7Maybe they are taking over a lease (Sublet). Another option, depending where it is, is AirBnB for a furnished room or apartment, and also Craigslist, for short term housing, just be careful you dont get scammed. I would line a up a few things and see firsthand, then pay. All standard rentals leases are 1 year.
Jan 14, 2013 3:49 PM
8There are no national standards for leased properties. What you really want is a short term rental of a completely furnished apartment (including kitchen equipment, bed linens, etc). This is often called "corporate housing" or "vacation rental". Search for both. Expect to pay more than what one pays for a long term lease on an unfurnished apartment.
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