Lack of long term apartment rentals
Does no one want long term tenants? Tourist rates are substantial but could someone explain why finding a small apartment for 1-5 years is impossible? I plan to move to St. Thomas in March and stay; I am 65, a widow, and need a home. e-darlahome@hotmail if you have a solution.
It is not at all impossible to find a one-year lease on a STT apartment. Longer leases than that are rare, though. We are used to a lot of transience -- people who move for a season, and people who plan to stay here forever and wind up leaving sooner then planned for numerous reasons. If you are off island and only looking at Craigslist, that is not representative of all that is available -- check the classified ads in the local papers, too.
Come to St. Croix! I'll be glad to rent for a 5 year lease!!!! Having said, however, I think part of your problem may be that you aren't looking to move until March. People just don't know what they will have that far in advance. Around mid-January and into February is when the March openings will come up.
There are always exceptions, and sometime people do know that far out, but not often.
Seriously....if you have an interest in St. Croix, PM me and let me know a bit more about what you are looking for, and I'll see if we can help.