New Houstonians and renters whose leases are up in the fall may be apartment hunting these days. While demand is consistently high here, there are lots of apartment developments to explore. The real challenge – finding an apartment with the amenities you want, at the price you want, in the location you want, when you want it.
There are people dedicated to helping you find such apartments. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with one such apartment broker, as well as an apartment manager, and discuss what you should know before signing a lease.
Also: the landlord/tenant experience doesn't always go smoothly. Some tenants fail to pay their rent on time. Some landlords fail to tend to the properties they own or manage. We’ll focus on the latter, as we talk with city attorney Donna Edmundson, Section Chief of Neighborhood Services, who’s tasked with enforcing city code involving the condition of residential buildings.
Then: we talk with Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel about her ongoing "Obamacare Odysseys" series. We learn how some newly-insured Houstonians, despite having health insurance, are still struggling to receive timely care, and why.
And: Archery is becoming more popular, thanks, in part, to the popularity of “The Hunger Games.” Here in Houston, kids and adults alike are picking up bows and arrows. Houston Matters' Maggie Martin will have a report.