My new landlord just phoned me. I have the apartment, and I can send him the deposit any time. I don't need to set up electricity, gas and phone until I arrive because it's all already on, and in his name. He's just very relaxed and calm, and genuinely friendly. The apartment is being painted and the floors sanded and polished right now.
I'm not used to this. I'm used to landlords asking for first and last months' rent, plus a security deposit, plus a non-refundable $500 pet deposit, and then not cleaning or painting the apartment before I move in.
It's a strange feeling, this Southern Slowness. But I think I could get used to it. Which would be highly dangerous, I think.