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Renting in the Tri-Cities Can be Tough

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TRI-CITIES, Wash.--For the most part, trying to rent, let alone find an apartment or private home with available rooms is tough.

Crown Property Management in Richland manages seven rental communities in the Tri-Cities, including 300 single family homes.

Twice a year, they conduct a survey on apartment rental trends.

As of June 2008, occupancy in the area is averaging between 96 to 97 percent. 93 percent is considered normal.

"It seems that fewer people are qualifying to purchase homes and so it kinda shifts some of those into being renters instead of homeowners," says Jolene DeGarmo, multi-site business manager, Crown Property Management.

An employee at Clearwater Square apartments in Kennewick say they no longer need to offer promotions such as free rent anymore.

However, many apartment communities are still offering incentives for tenant referrals, although that's if they can find a room.

But even if a property is full, DeGarmo says it's likely the person will only have to wait one month before getting in.