My girlfriend and I have been managing 49 unit for a little over one year. We have an apartment at the owners 30 unit complex, but also manage a small trailer park and a house and fourplex. I get calls all the time even when not advertising and of course make note of who they are, what they need, how to reach them, and if I get a 30 day notice, I call the appropriate people on my list. Without exception, they have already found what they need and we eventually fill the unit through ads or referrals from tenants etc. The owner feels we aren't doing enough and suggest we call other managers or "network" with others who could send people our way. I've never been called by another manager for a referral. I do post flyers in shopping areas and with organizations that are working with specific ethnic groups, churches, community organizations etc., but when a vacancy comes up, the stress that is put on us to fill it, is mind numbing. Today I returned a holding deposit equal to one months rent, because they wanted to cover the security deposit in two payments and were first time renters with no rental history. Plenty of income, new baby, but not a lot of ready cash. That was the owners decision and it is really frustrating. Is this average or does it take most of you a little time to fill a unit?