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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 - 9 answers

We need a car. And we don't know anything about cars.

We need guidance on a few issues related to getting a car for our family. First of all, what kind of car makes sense for our needs? Second, should we buy or lease that car? [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on Sep 18, 2014 - 47 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

Question about eviction and co-tenants versus sub-tenants.

I'm going through a breakup. My ex very suddenly served me a Notice To Quit today. I'm not sure what rights I have here. I'm also pretty destitute because of recent medical bills. Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by TheHappiestSadist on Jul 30, 2014 - 25 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

Overleased

A friend thought his lease ended August 1st, but he just got a call from his landlord saying that it ended two days ago. They don't have anyone slated to move in for two weeks, but say that they need that time to have the apartment professionally cleaned. What are the best steps for him to take? What rights does he have legally? We are in North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Jul 15, 2014 - 14 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

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

My difficult roommate wants to stay...hooray

I have a difficult housemate who makes me stressed out and angry, has alienated my friends such that they don't want to come over to my house, and who my housemates and I asked to leave when the lease ends and the new lease begins. She refuses to leave. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Jun 21, 2014 - 35 answers

UK leasehold purchase: the demise and our right to park.

(YNML) We're purchasing a leasehold property in the UK. The lease for this property says "The Demise hereinbefore contained includes the following rights:- ... and the exclusive use of the parking space numbered 1 shown hatched red on the plan ...". Our solicitor has been saying that 'as the right is exclusive this does not form a legal right under common law and as such may be denied by subsequent Landlords.' I don't understand why this is an issue, and as it's held up our move, I would like to understand. Although I've asked my solicitor, I suspect Mefites can give me a clearer answer! More details inside... [more inside]
posted by jonrob on Jun 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Auto Lease Ending. What Can I Expect If I Purchase Vehicle

The current 3 year lease on my car is about to end. I have decided to purchase the car. What are the next steps? I want to be prepared when I go back to the dealership. I will be paying a $150.00 purchase option fee. Will I be negotiating the monthly payment? Will there be anything else I will have to negotiate. I also purchased a lease protection program t. The lease ends next month. The vehicle does have scratches and dings. Does the protection cover the vehicle within the lease or does it apply only when the lease ends and the vehicle is returned to the dealer. Any other insights appreciated.
posted by goalyeehah on Jun 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Renting time in a commercial kitchen, issues, gotchas, etc.

I'd like to explore leasing time in a "co-op" or shared commercial kitchen to start a small food business, making seasonal preserves and similar items in Washington State. Are there recommended blogs or books that discuss this from the business and planning ends, as far as what to look for, and well as how to deal with legal issues with bringing equipment and ingredients to and from such a facility (like fresh fruit, sugar, etc.). Do people store ingredients off-site, that sort of thing. (I'm mainly looking for non-state-official guides and written materials that deal with this subject from the producer end, just to focus questions away from the business itself or to Google search results to WA guidelines. Thanks!)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 26, 2014 - 2 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

Is there such a thing as a short-term lease on a car?

I got a new gig! Hooray! It takes 2 hours to get to via bus! Boo! It takes 30 minutes if I had a car. Hmm! Here's the Q: Is there such a thing as a 'short term' car lease (i.e., 3-4 months) or a long-term rental? Is there a cost effective option? I'd be saving around 3 hours a day, so it really, really makes sense. What're my options?
posted by GilloD on May 1, 2014 - 12 answers

How to not get scammed when renting a house?

We're moving in a month or so and beginning to look at rental houses in Seattle. I'm a bit rusty, but what is the general procedure for establishing the person you're speaking with is the actual home owner and everything is on the up-and-up? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 27, 2014 - 7 answers

I love my dog, but when she was a puppy, she was a carpet eating fiend.

I am renting an apartment and have been here for about a year a half. I don't plan to leave for at least a few more years. About six months after I moved in, this little terror tore up two spots of carpet directly in front of my bedroom door. I have covered these two spots with a throw rug for the past year, but the fact that they're there is driving me bonkers. I want to repair them using remnant pieces of the carpet. Problem: I don't have any remnant pieces of the carpet. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Apr 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Searching for moving to Santa Barbara

How would one conduct a search for renting a place in Santa Barbara? What peculiarities of the market should I know? [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Mar 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Commercial Lease for a Coffee Shop - what should I be asking?

So I am working on a commercial lease. Advise resources or experience? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Mar 23, 2014 - 5 answers

LA Rental Market - Month-to-Month normal, or strange?

West-side LA Rental question: My first year's lease is up. I asked my property manager about renewing, and the manager told me, "oh, once your 12mo is up, you just go month-to-month, no contract." What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Mar 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Our lease is up, but we paid the last months rent... what to do?

My wife and I rent a house in Seattle and our 12-month lease ended in February. We're now month to month. The issue is, we paid the last months rent when we signed the lease... then also paid rent the last month of our lease. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Mar 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Eviction/money issues

Here is the "Question" This is a two part legal/renters rights & money question. Part 1: My roommates are late on January's rent. We have just been served a Notice of Default. Caveat: the information listed on the notice is inaccurate. Part 2:How do we come up with a solid sum of money in short time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Is e-mail legally binding in any way?

We're up to renew our lease and want the new lease modified so that we can keep our dog in the apartment. Our landlord refuses to modify the lease at all and suggested instead an e-mail stating that we are allowed to have the dog. Is this meaningful in any real way? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Dec 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Should I try to get out of this lease?

I recently signed a lease on a new apartment that I'm supposed to move into on January 16. Now, I'm having serious second thoughts and trying to figure out if I should talk to the owner about getting out of the lease. I paid a deposit, but don't mind forfeiting that. I've been looking for a new place for the last four months, ever since new neighbors moved in upstairs. I have insomnia, though my sleep had been ok earlier in the year; it got much worse, though, because the new neighbors are frequently up late talking loudly. Even smaller sounds, like their footsteps on the hardwood floor above me, started to bother me. It's been a huge problem because I haven't slept well essentially since they moved in, and though I tried to talk with them, I definitely want to move. [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons on Dec 21, 2013 - 17 answers

Can I get sued in civil court if plaintiff is in a different state?

1) From what I can tell, a plaintiff can only successfully sue a defendant in another state if the defendant owns land or was in a traffic accident in that state? What if it is not a traffic matter and the defendant does not own land, but technically has an apartment lease (but not residing in said apartment)? 2 If so, what is the likely outcome in court in this situation? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Dec 10, 2013 - 15 answers

It's Not You, It's Me: Landlord Edition

What are some best practices for dealing with landlords? Alternately, please tell me I'm over-reacting. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Dec 7, 2013 - 25 answers

Neighbor's toilet water is leaking into my home. Landlord doesn't care.

Brown water from the apartment upstairs occasionally leaks into my apartment and its light fixtures. The landlord and super won't fix the plumbing until that tenant moves out. What can I do about this? Withhold rent? Break my lease? Something else? I understand that YANML, but some help with NYC tenants rights would be good right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 - 23 answers

How much for a Wireless Tower ground lease?

A wireless carrier has approached us about building a cell tower on our property in Northern Virginia. Aside from using the bandits that pop up in a Google search, how do we determine a fair ground lease price? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Housemate money troubles

What is a fair way to divvy up finances when two people move out of a four-person share house? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

What am I on the hook for if I break my lease early?

YANML. I am in Vermont. I need to end my apartment lease early (ends 09/2014) because I cannot afford rent. Is this a reasonable request, and how do I go about asking my landlord? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Nov 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Bankruptcy counsel recommendation in NYC

I am filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in New York City. Can anyone recommend a low-cost bankruptcy lawyer or other legal resource, since money is (obviously) limited? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me get the best deal when I (maybe?) buy-out my leased vehicle!

I am 35 months into a 39 month lease with a 2011 Nissan Maxima. This is the first vehicle I have ever leased/owned on my own so would like any hints/tips that will help me in the next few months as I prepare to either buy out my lease, or go in another direction. [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere on Oct 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Renting with roommates... can things de-escalate?

Ok, so I'm living in Chicago with a few of my SO's old roommates from college. We've known them for less than a year and I can admit maybe we jumped into a year lease too soon. However, what recourse do we have right now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 10 answers

And that desk area will be a squat rack?

Am I allowed to rent an office and turn it into a small personal training studio? I have zero understanding of how commercial zoning works and don't know where to start. I am in Melbourne, Australia [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Oct 11, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I get rid of my leased car?

I want to get rid of my leased car, I have about a year and a half left. I'm way under my miles, what's the easiest solution where I'm losing the least amount of money.
posted by geoff. on Oct 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Landlord used city lease form for suburban rental, is he bound by RLTO?

We rented a house in Skokie, and the landlord used an office-supply-store-pre-printed lease form for the city. It included a copy of the Chicago RLTO as part of the form. Understanding that YANML, does this incorporate the requirements of the RLTO into the terms of the lease? If so, he'd be required to submit receipts meet deadlines for the return of the deposit. Or is he only bound by State Law (which for a single-family home, seems to require bupkus). He only returned half of our security deposit. Is it worth fighting for the other half ($600)? If I accept and deposit the $600 he sent, am I hurting my chances of getting the rest? [more inside]
posted by Morydd on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Might have been scammed at a car dealership

What are the ramifications for unknowingly leasing a new car that has minor damage? [more inside]
posted by jiblets on Sep 12, 2013 - 2 answers

House Hunters: Get Me Out of Here Edition

I moved into a new house about a week ago. Everything seemed great. Good, quiet location, central location, etc. etc. But, I've come to realize that the folks living across the street are bad news. They're extremely loud, vulgar, and generally up to no good. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I get released from my lease agreement?

When I moved into my apartment with my roommate, the manager at the time said we could remove or add roommates as we pleased and could even add a roommate and remove ourselves off the lease completely if we wanted to move away before the lease was up, so long as we notified the manager and signed a form. I am considering moving out before the lease ends. We now have a new manager and when I checked with her, she says this is not true, that I cannot be removed from the lease at all even if my roommate agrees to it. However, I looked over my lease and it seems to say that I absolutely CAN do that, as long as everyone agrees. (See extended for the exact lease quote.) [more inside]
posted by brista on Sep 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Please help me phrase this request to my landlord...

So, most of the previous AskMes have had to do with either crazy landlords or desperate situations, and I have neither. But I need to ask my rental company if they'll let me out of my lease 30 days early, and I'm not sure how to phrase this. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 answers

What size security deposit should I require for a 1-month sublet?

I'm subletting my room in a Capitol Hill, Washington DC rowhouse for 1 month. I pay $1250 for rent, and I'm thinking about charging $1050 in rent for a subletter to make sure I get someone for July. My security deposit with the landlord is about $1000. The landlord knows I'm subletting it and is totally OK with it, as long as I'm responsible for any potential damage. So would it be unreasonable to require a $1000 security deposit for a 1-month sublet? How about $750? $500? [more inside]
posted by catquas on Jun 27, 2013 - 15 answers

SF Apartmentfilter: What happens when my lease's up?

I'm a first time renter in SF and I'm not sure exactly what happens when my lease expires. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Jun 25, 2013 - 6 answers

What do you wish you'd known when choosing your first apartment?

At the end of the summer I'll be selecting and moving into my first apartment after living in a house with roommates for several years, and I'm looking to discover what things I don't know that I don't know. [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Jun 14, 2013 - 79 answers

Applying for rental house - need advice

Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service. This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger. Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee. My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
posted by valannc on May 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Roommate have right to renew lease and, if so, how to ask her to leave?

I live in a two-bedroom apt in Cambridge, MA. I have lived here since Sept '10 and current roommate ("CR") has lived here since Sept '12. The dynamic between CR and I is not so hot. I'm also just very much wanting to live alone and finally able to afford it. [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on May 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Virginia Lease Question - Landlord threatening to withold deposit

Recently my toilet stopped working. I emailed my landlord to ask to send a plumber. The landlord suggested the I try to use a plunger and liquid plumber. I did both but was still unable to fix the problem. I told the landlord this in writing over email. A plumber was sent and fixed the problem. Now landlord is saying the I will have to pay this cost from the security deposit. Help? Should I be responsible for this charge? How should I proceed with my landlord? Thank you in advance.
posted by seesom on Apr 29, 2013 - 31 answers

Rent and eviction with roommates in California.

Renter A has a lease and takes on a roommate, who doesn't sign on to the lease and then doesn't pay their share of the rent. A wants them evicted but can't get them out on their own. What, in California, can the owner of the property do to evict the roommate, while leaving the initial renter? Does the owner have any recourse since the roommate isn't on the lease? [more inside]
posted by nuala on Apr 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Class A, B, C real estate?

Real estate filter: Is it considered in any way derogatory or impolite to refer to non-prime commercial office space as "Class B" or "Class C"? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Apartment Lease buyout AND rent for all the months?

Can a rental property charge us Lease buyout AND rent for all the months? [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Mar 22, 2013 - 7 answers

What Are Your Rights When a Landlord Wants to Break a Lease?

Asking for a couple of friends living in Washington, D.C. They signed a lease and put down security deposits to rent a two-bedroom condo with move in on Saturday. The guy just called them and said that he's changed his mind, and he doesn't want to rent the place anymore and he is currently living there. What can they do about it since they haven't actually moved in yet? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 11, 2013 - 15 answers

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