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Breaking a lease in NYC?

You are not my lawyer. About 5 months ago I broke my lease on an apartment in Queens (NYC). I was worried that the landlord wouldn't find a new tenant in time for the next month but luckily he did. I asked about the security deposit and he said it was on its way. Now he's claiming that I'm not owed the money back. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Sep 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Landlord putting apartment on the market

The owner of the condo I'm renting has informed me that he's putting it on the market, and had a realtor check out the place and talk to me. He thinks any future buyer will likely be a professional real estate buyer, who will continue with the lease arrangement I currently have, but there's no assurance that this will be the case. Meanwhile, another apartment has opened up in the same complex, a complex which I love. Do I stay or move? [more inside]
posted by naju on Sep 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Secrets for apartment hunting in Seattle?

I am interested in any resources and/or tips you might have for finding an apartment (preferably for rent by owner) in the current Seattle rental market. [more inside]
posted by aiglet on Sep 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Apartment move-out cleaning question

Moving out of an apartment with no security deposit - how responsible do I need to be about getting it cleaned up for the new tenant? [more inside]
posted by norrington on Sep 22, 2014 - 24 answers

Previous tenant left unpaid gas bill

I moved into my new apartment on Sept 1st. Today, I received a "shut off notice" from the gas company (National Grid in Boston) stating that my unit has an unpaid balance of over $100 as of 8/29, and that the account will be going to collections. This is my first apartment - what should I do, AskMefi? Pay down the balance? Inform my landlord?
posted by mushtale on Sep 4, 2014 - 6 answers

My new building requires renters insurance: pls advise me on the basics

I'm a relentless optimizer and usually do tons of research before making decisions, but I am shuddering at the thought of wading through endless legal and sales verbiage on insurance sites, or even worse, of enduring verbal sales pitches from agents/brokers. Please help me short-cut through the tedium of getting this done. A few extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Aug 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Help my brother find a new apartment in Austin. Difficulty level: Now.

So, my brother had a major fire in his apartment complex (fortunately for him it was on the other side of the building), and his building was condemned. He needs to move immediately. He's looking for a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in one of: Manor, Hyde Park, or North Campus. He's a grad student, so that's the sort of budget he's working with. Thanks for your help!
posted by persona au gratin on Aug 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Where to live in the Capital Region (upstate NY)?

We may be moving to upstate NY, and would like advice about where to live. We're looking for an apartment right now, but would hopefully be looking for a house at some point. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Aug 21, 2014 - 6 answers

I want out of this house! How soon can I move?

I have to move soon, and I've found a place that's available starting this Saturday. My question is this: how much time should I budget for packing/moving? I have a small amount of furniture as well as the usual clothes and other belongings. I've packed about half of my stuff, and will pack the rest on Friday and Saturday, with the intention of moving on Sunday. Is this feasible? [more inside]
posted by cabbagesnkings on Aug 21, 2014 - 19 answers

How dumb is it to try to rent an apartment sight unseen?

I need to find a place to live in the Fremont/Wallingford neighborhoods of Seattle for a move in mid-September -- like, really soon -- but I live a few states away and I might not be able to visit before the move! [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Aug 17, 2014 - 26 answers

Moving in problems

There are a couple issues with the apartment we are moving into today- what to do? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Aug 11, 2014 - 27 answers

Credit fraud

Asking for a friend: looks like an ex has gotten an apartment in Chicago using my friend's name and credit. What should he do? [more inside]
posted by Craig on Aug 7, 2014 - 15 answers

rubber troubles

Flushed condom, borrowed apartment, bad plumbing, now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Advice for living with a sibling as adults

My brother (24) and I (female, 26) are sharing an apartment starting next week and I have anxieties. I'd like to prepare for whatever problems or conflicts that may arise. Wall of text to follow... [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Aug 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me be safe in this driving situation! (USA Driving-Filter)

This intersection with a turning lane is usually very busy causing gridlock, and I need advice to stay safe. Basically both driveways are offset from each other so people in the turning lane need to occupy an overlapping space. Diagram and further details inside! [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Aug 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Where to call, email, Apartment agents?

The typical craigslist apartment ad in Boston might have (in addition to the craigslist anonymous email) a broker's corporate email, a corporate phone, or a cellphone. What is the most effective endpoint to deliver inquiries to, and at what time should it be done? [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Jul 30, 2014 - 3 answers

Short-term housing in San Francisco

I'm considering attending a six-month web development bootcamp in San Francisco that runs from October to April, and I'm wondering what I can expect to pay for housing. I'm interested in learning both about cheaper arrangements like SROs in Chinatown and housing oriented towards students, as well as about what it might cost to get a room in a "normal" multi-bedroom apartment for that period. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Renovation Logistics

A few related questions about light renovating and filling of an apartment (with some NYC-specific stuff.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Is it legal to require a security deposit before running a credit check?

I'm looking to rent a new apartment in NYC. For our 3 previous NYC apartments, we’ve filled out an application and paid an application fee and then once our application was approved, paid security deposit / first month’s rent at lease signing. The management company for the apartment that we are looking to rent is requesting the following: we fill out an application, pay an application fee and give them a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. If our credit is approved, then the security deposit is non-refundable and we basically have to sign a lease. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by bzn on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Peep Out Of Our Peephole, People!

My partner and I just moved into a new apartment in Queens. There's one small issue, and it's our peephole. It's missing the cover on the inside. Where can I get a replacement? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 27, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I negotiate my lease terms?

I've found a sufficient space to rent so I don't end up with a two hour commute each day. However, the terms of the lease are kinda iffy when it comes to vacating the lease early... Help me out? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Jul 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Where should I live in SF?

Mefites of San Francisco: Where do you live? Where should I live? When should I move? How does this happen? I'm a special snowflake with my own special snowflake needs. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 11, 2014 - 49 answers

Move to another apartment in the same neighborhood to escape landlord?

I need to decide by tomorrow whether to move out of my apartment (in September). Dislike the landlord, who lives above me, but the place is nice and my daughter was born there. My old landlord, who I like a lot, has a place for rent. Details below: [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Jul 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Why are there no apartment yentas, for tight rental housing markets?

If I were looking for an apartment right now I would love to delegate the search and matchmaking to someone who made such searches, and presentation of credit data, references etc, their occupation, and I'm sure that many busy people would also want to use this service. Why aren't there people who do this?
posted by Baeria on Jul 9, 2014 - 23 answers

Is New York City's Tar Beach still a thing?

The door to the roof of my new NYC apartment beckons to me with dreams of sunset glasses of wine and weekend lunch picnics, but am I inviting trouble? Does "unofficial rooftop access" exist? I know people in the city hang out on their roofs all the time, but exactly how kosher is this? And what is the limit? Do landlords on average just turn a blind eye? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by snappysnapper on Jul 8, 2014 - 28 answers

Tips for Apartment Searching in SF

Any advice on getting a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Jul 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Old tenant is in a legal dispute with landlord-- should I take the apt?

The apartment is otherwise perfect in mostly every way. Is this kind of thing a reason not to take it? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 2, 2014 - 18 answers

A way to thank leasing office employees?

A couple of middle-manager-ish employees perhaps bent the rules a little bit for us and allowed us to transfer a lease to new parties, completely getting us out of the lease. Should I/how do I say thank you? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 29, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I make my apartment smell great?

How can I make my apartment (including my closets) smell great? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jun 25, 2014 - 29 answers

Is it legal in NYC to charge tenants for repairs to building?

My NYC apartment management company is charging tenants for repairs to the roof and outside of the building (the facade). These are not improvements to the units, but to the building. The repairs were finished earlier this year. My apartment is rent stabilized. As I understand it, my next rent invoice will show an extra payment due for these repairs -- although I do not know what the fee will be yet. Before I call 311 and complain, is it legal to charge tenants for building improvements? Thanks in advance!
posted by quixotictic on Jun 24, 2014 - 14 answers

New York City Subletting and maybe leaving early?

What is an appropriate agreement to buy out an NYC apartment sublease in order to leave before it is through? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Jun 16, 2014 - 1 answer

La cucaracha, la cucaracha...

I don't have a cockroach problem in my apartment exactly, but there are cockroaches outside and I want to keep them far enough away from the door that they don't periodically follow me inside. Difficultly level: Please don't kill my cat in the process. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine on Jun 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Do you have any suggestions for non-seasonal apartment door decor?

What can I add to my apartment door that is NOT distastefully preppy, hideous, ghetto fabulous, arrives with an invisible "steal me" voice, or requires a million screw holes? I never thought that I would struggle to come up with a decorating idea! But I am. I like colorful, but minimalist designs, but otherwise I am open-minded. Feel free to post links to galleries of door decor(not pinterest unless it's a specific diy), photos or make suggestions based on your own projects. Sometimes a touch of inspiration is all that's needed. [more inside]
posted by bibliophilia on Jun 11, 2014 - 18 answers

How to best cope without air conditioning?

I moved to the Pacific Northwest; absolutely none of the apartments I've toured feature air conditioning. How do I use the amenities I do have to improve comfort and quality of life? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jun 9, 2014 - 31 answers

Sanity check my co-op inspection.

I just had an engineer inspect the co-op we put an offer in for, contingent on a satisfactory inspection. I don't know anything at all about repairs (so we'd contract out for anything big) so help me figure out if any of the stuff below is possibly a huge dealbreaker. [more inside]
posted by griphus on May 30, 2014 - 25 answers

Where do I find a giant fan?

I live in an open, large, loft-like apartment that gets face-meltingly hot in the New England summer. Easily near 100F in the afternoon. AC is impractical for such a big space. I've tried box fans, but I haven't found one that moves enough air to make a difference and even those were as loud as airplanes. An even faster fan sounds like a bad idea, but a much bigger and slower fan might just do the trick. Something like these, but preferably something that doesn't need to be permanently installed? Where does one find an enormous fan?
posted by the jam on May 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Should I let my landlord evict me at any time without notice?

My 12-month lease in Los Angeles finished a few months ago and my landlord now wants to put the month-to-month agreement in writing, which is fine with me. She drew up an agreement containing the following: "Owner can evict tenant at any given time without notice." Should I agree to this? [more inside]
posted by acidic on May 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Good Plant for Apartment

Any suggestions for a good apartment plant? Minimal light and minimal fuss preferred. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on May 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Grad student, thinking of becoming Rental Agent for LL, or Buyer

Greetings! My LLs are about 85 and seem to be over being LLs. There are 11 units in my building, 3 of which were rented for the year, we had a 4th tenant but she moved out the 4th month. I secured all of these tenants. My LLs obviously could have made a lot more money if they rented all the units. I can easily get tenants and have no problem doing so, the only obstacle is the LLs, they do not get back to emails and lose many of the renters I get (I show them the unit and it takes the LL 2 weeks to email back). [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on May 17, 2014 - 12 answers

My apartment is being renovated, how does that impact moving out?

My apartment building was sold in the past 6 months. The new owners have been completely gutting and renovating units as people have moved out; the work is going on for months. I'm planning to move out at the end of the month and wondering how much I need to worry about cleaning or repairing any minor damage if they're just going to do the same thing to my unit. Additionally, if they do charge me for any damages do I have any recourse to argue that they shouldn't have because they weren't preserving whatever it was any way? Obviously not expecting any binding legal advice on this, more curious if anyone has had similar experiences or any pointers to share.
posted by chriswarren on May 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Is it legal for my landlord to do this?

My lease, like most, says that subleasing is not allowed without manager's consent. I came in on a sublease and later let the manager know I was planning on subleasing. She just declared she will not accept any subleasing any more. Does anyone know if this is legal for her to do this? It's breaking faith, but not breaking the literal contract. FYI, I live in Missouri.
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Details on how to buy a condo/co-op real estate: The Dummies Version

Filter: NYC version or competitive real estate market. I am trying to understand the time table for each step of the process. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on May 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Best location for an apartment to host dinner parties

I just moved to a new city (where I know few people) and I'm now deciding where to live. One of my criteria is to choose a location that is great for hosting frequent dinner parties for my friends, since in my last city I did this and got a lot of enjoyment from it. I know location is important, since when I get invited to parties, certain factors about the location sometimes discourage me from attending. But then again I have my own biases/quirks, so I am posing the following question to you: Purely in terms of location (assume "everything else equal", i.e. same host, guests, apartment unit/building, etc.), which of the below listed reasons are most likely to discourage you from attending a dinner party? Or which are minor/non-issues? [more inside]
posted by ElEmigrante on May 11, 2014 - 13 answers

help me relocate, short-term

I have just learned that I may need to be out of my apartment by the end of the month. I am thinking of a furnished rental for a few months until I've figured out where I want to live next. I have been in this place over 20 years and my head is spinning. I will need to put things in storage, and I have a cat. I am also a smoker. My costs will all be covered for the rental and storage and the moves (both to the rental and the final place I choose). I am in the NYC area. I have about three weeks to figure this out. Help! Advice?
posted by sdn on May 8, 2014 - 7 answers

What's the thinnest comfortable mattress out there?

I want to put a mattress up in my loft, which has low ceilings, and I'd like it to be as low as possible while still providing support. Would a mattress topper from Tempurpedic be too thin? There's carpet in the loft for some slight cushioning. I usually sleep on my side and like a medium-firmness bed--I usually like pillow top mattresses. Does anyone have any suggestions? As a bonus question, how do people usually get mattresses up in lofts, if the only way up is a ladder?
posted by three_red_balloons on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

help me not get screwed over by my roommate

My troublesome roommate is doing a last minute sublet of her room in our 2 BR apartment for the summer. The sublet seems a little shady to me, as she is not telling management and is just planning to have the renter pay her directly. Am I naive to think she should tell the apartment complex? She is also very behind in all of the bills (cable/electric/gas), so I'm worried about getting her to pay her share in full before the subletter moves in. Help me sort through the legality of all this to avoid finding myself in a bad situation. Also, talk to me about breaking an apartment lease. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on May 4, 2014 - 26 answers

Apartment hunting in Charleston SC - where to begin?

I'm going to be moving to Charleston in August to begin a job at CofC. I'm looking to balance affordability, a reasonable commute, and if possible, a safe, interesting, walkable/bikable neighborhood. Where should I live? Other than Craigslist, where should I be searching for an apartment? [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on May 3, 2014 - 1 answer

Putting together a grown-up apartment

After subletting in others' apartments for many years, I just moved into my first place on my own. It's a one-bedroom. What do I need to buy? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Apr 25, 2014 - 48 answers

apartment transfer

How to get more information on transfer fees? [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on Apr 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Bad Roommate II: Electric Boogohgodpleasekillme

Problematic roommate finally moves out. Everybody is happy! Problematic roommate gives one day's notice that she is moving back in. Everybody is sad! How to head off disaster? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Apr 15, 2014 - 53 answers

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