My kid and his boyfriend are moving into their own apartment (they've been living with a roommate for the past several years) and oh my God y'all, the bullshit hoops we have to jump through in order for them to rent an apartment for an obscene amount of rent in a standard issue apartment complex.
First of all, the rent for a one bedroom is nearly $800/month. Then the apartment wants both me and the boyfriend's mom to sign as guaranties. We can't just agree to do it, we have to fill out a detailed and pretty invasive form, and have it notarized.
Then they want a huge deposit. Then they want the kid and the boyfriend to get renter's insurance.
All to rent a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Arkansas.
Back when I rented a two-room duplex in the same town in 1988, I signed a printed form, payed the first month's rent, and moved in. It was $200/month, too.
Honestly, life is becoming untenable in this nation.