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Help Us Get an Apartment in LA with No Rental History and Half a Job

My boyfriend and I have just moved to Los Angeles and need an apartment ASAP. We have both been out of the rental market and out of big-city-living for over 10 years, and also have some unusual circumstances that might make us seem less-than-ideal to a potential landlord. Please help us figure out what paperwork/etc. we need (Special snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by futura_light on Sep 24, 2016 - 9 answers

When to try and negotiate rent? (West Los Angeles edition)

The property management company I rent from just raised my rent a legally permissible but (to me) large amount. I'm in west LA. Should I deal with it, or try to negotiate? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Sep 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Splitting rent and avoiding resentment

We want to live together; our budgets are different by 50-100%. Right now I just want to cover the difference and get us into a place we love--but will I regret it later? Snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by ista on Aug 23, 2016 - 30 answers

Is it reasonable to apply an NSF fee to an incomplete counter check?

I submitted a bunch of rent checks to my housing non-profit for six months ahead. One of these was a counter check—printed in-branch by the teller without name or address, just my bank account routing code. Unfortunately, it seems that the teller didn't properly review all the checks before giving them to me, and one of them did not have my account info on it. Neither I nor my housing non-profit noticed this omission before the check was deposited, and of course it was returned by their bank with "Unknown Account" on it. My housing authority chose to consider this an NSF check, and are requesting that I pay their NSF fee. Is that a reasonable request? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2016 - 12 answers

What are my rights in this rent situation if I am not on a contract?

[UK renter question]. I don't have a contract/lease and I'm being asked for rent beyond my move out date. What are my rights? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2016 - 9 answers

What should I consider in deciding on housing?

How can I choose where to live for the next year? What should I listen to among the competing desires, interests and needs? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jun 12, 2016 - 12 answers

I'm looking for a photo of an empty lot!

I am looking for a photo that I think is an archive photo (I remember it being black and white). It is of an empty lot in a city, and the image foreground is a sign explaining a bit of activism. [more inside]
posted by Catchfire on Jun 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Rent vs Buy: Rental Market is Bananas edition

Mr. Getawaysticks and I are attempting to move the Downriver area of Michigan (this is ~30 miles south of Detroit or so). The rental market in this area is really expensive compared to what it would be in monthly mortgage payments. Our credit is fine and we have stable jobs, so we should buy, right? But what if we want to leave the area in 2 years? [more inside]
posted by getawaysticks on May 21, 2016 - 20 answers

Help us find a place to live in Evanston, Illinois.

My husband and I are moving to Evanston, Illinois in September. Can you help us figure out where to live? [more inside]
posted by pinetree on May 6, 2016 - 13 answers

Should I stay or should I go now?

My landlord is raising the rent above market. Not so much above market that it's an obvious win to move, but enough that we're talking real money. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2016 - 33 answers

What is an appropriate rent increase for Seattle apartments (Cap. Hill)?

What is an appropriate rent increase (by dollars or %s) for Cap. Hill/Seattle at the moment? I haven't rented in years. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Apr 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Get Thee Behind Me, Roommate

How do my boyfriend and I navigate getting rid of the roommate from hell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2016 - 28 answers

Considering renting out a room

I'm considering renting out a room in our apartment. The income would allow my ex-husband and me to finally separate after our "temporary" arrangement of the last 6 years which followed 9 years of separation. I'm desperate! But I'm not sure if we are likely to find someone to rent, given some drawbacks to the situation. [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Apr 5, 2016 - 22 answers

AirBnB Hosting?

I'm considering upgrading to a 2 Bed/2 Bath apartment in order to host on AirBnB. Anyone with AirBnB experience, is this is a financially sound decision? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Apr 3, 2016 - 12 answers

Uses for a Second Car

I have a second car. I know I can donate it or sell it or gift it. But can I rent it or lend it? I wouldn't mind making money from it before I let it go, but if that's not feasible, is it more or less so to find an altruistic purpose for it? Or should I just say goodbye?
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 24, 2016 - 6 answers

My tenant keeps giving me too much money.

Landlord in Texas here. I can't get my tenant to stop giving me extra rent in two different ways. What, if anything, should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2016 - 17 answers

Feeling uncertain about renting a room in a new house.

My landlords are making changes to our house/living space, and I'm very torn as a result of those changes, and feel stuck making a decision. More inside the fold. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Mar 7, 2016 - 55 answers

Shared House Room Allocation Rent Auction

Is there an auction-like system to allocate rooms and divide rent in a shared house with very different rooms? [more inside]
posted by PJMcPrettypants on Mar 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Moving in Seattle

I am moving in June. I work in downtown Seattle and don't have a car. Where should I move and how do I prepare for a drastic increase in rent? See MANY details inside. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 1, 2016 - 13 answers

What's a reasonable rent estimate for Misson/SoMa?

I'm putting together a contingency / grass-is-greener / idle thinking plan that involves moving to the bay area. Padmapper is quite busy - what's a good number to put down for rent when evaluating a potential job in SFbay? Currently thinking 3k. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Feb 14, 2016 - 12 answers

48 hrs since I turned in my lease application. No word. What going on?

I applied for a lease for an apartment that I really like. The landlord seemed to really like me. I viewed the place last Sunday, thanked the landlord, said I was very interested and emailed her for an application. She emailed me back with the application and said that she thinks I would really like the neighbors. [more inside]
posted by Pablito on Feb 11, 2016 - 9 answers

Landlord Asking to Vacate Apt

I've been asked to vacate a apt where I'd been renting since July 2015 in one week from today but there's no way I can find a new place to live/storage in the time frame. What are my options? Location: NYC [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Feb 1, 2016 - 22 answers

Recommend some reliable property investment companies in the US?

The goal here is to invest $250k in buy to let property. Looking for a property investment company that will manage the property and also help with the search of buy to let property. Requirement: The company will help with property search Preferably have options available where rental income is predictable Manage the property Help with the analysis of the investment (price to rent ration etc) The company must specialize in US based properties. I am not aware of any such companies. Could you recommend?
posted by r2d2 on Nov 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Security Refund, roommate did not give adequate notice

I'm in NYC. Our written agreement requires a minimum of 30 days notice if he is going to leave (also 30 days if I want him out). Wednesday he told me he is leaving today (Friday), and probably won't be back, but may want to come back in 2 weeks if his new job does not work out (he is on vacation from current one). [more inside]
posted by sentientsock on Nov 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I return my ex-partner's last month's rent? I have to, right?

I was dumped at the end of September. He paid rent for October, but moved out on the 15th. I have an arrangement worked out with the landlady to end the lease early and move out in early December. We all forgot that dumper and I paid first & last month's rent when we signed the lease, so technically his last month in the apartment should have been covered. Should I refund his last month's rent? More details inside you need 'em... [more inside]
posted by adastra on Oct 31, 2015 - 48 answers

How should I triage my finances right now?

I got laid off. I'm flat-ass broke and unemployed. Which action items should I tackle first as I try to sort through this? [more inside]
posted by revi on Oct 21, 2015 - 19 answers

The rent is already too damn high. So I should pay MORE, right?

My 2BR 1BA apartment is 50% of my take home pay now. Please help me decide if I should move to an even more expensive place. Wall of informative text inside. My lease is not up until March, so I have some time to think through this. [more inside]
posted by SockPuppetOfShame on Oct 16, 2015 - 31 answers

Accessibility and Rental Issues

I am in Ontario, and I'm currently subletting an apartment because the tenants needed to leave their lease earlier than the term. The tenants expressed to me that I would be able to renew the lease after the term of the sublet, and this is something that I want to do. The management company has not been responsive to either my or the superintendent's queries, and the sublet term will be over relatively soon. The superintendent recommends that I just continue occupying the suite by paying the rent on a month-to-month basis. Can I do this? (Snowflake: I'm Deaf and there are accessibility issues in contacting the management company.) [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Is this a scam?

Is this apartment in Copenhagen too good to be true? (I know, if you have to ask, the answer is probably yes... but bear with me, details inside.) [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Sep 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Looking for a secluded beachfront cabin in the southeastern US.

I'm looking for a secluded beachfront cabin to rent for 2-3 nights in the southeastern US (ideally the Carolinas, but Virginia, Georgia, and even Northern Florida would be a possibility). Essentials are: 1) on a sandy beach with swimmable water, and 2) as secluded from other people as possible. Budget would be less than $300/night. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 1, 2015 - 6 answers

San Francisco Rental Squeeze

San Francisco apartment renting - is this how it really works? I'm looking for a new apartment in way-too-hot rental market of San Francisco. I found a place, and the unit looks great, but dealing with the property management company in a short amount of time has been a hassle (yes, welcome to San Francisco). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2015 - 11 answers

Any Advice About a Month Long Sublet on Airbnb?

I'm moving to New York in September for a new job and I'm planning to do a one month sublet on Airbnb so that I can find a permanent place once I have arrived in New York. Is there anything that I need to check up on or ask the hosts before I select a place? How do I make a decision when there are multiple options? [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Aug 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Fire in apartment below--rebuilding/insurance questions

[Asking for a friend] My building had a fire last night, on the floor below mine. I have middling fire damage at baseboard level in both bedrooms, both of which will be uninhabitable until the damage is ripped out and redone. All my windows are broken and glass is everywhere, but aside from the above stuff and the overwhelming odor of smoke and my broken-down front door, there is no other (water or fire or smoke stain) damage to the apartment. This is in NYC, and I have no renter's insurance. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Aug 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Where can I rent a Dahon folding bike in New York City?

I live in New York City, and I'm thinking of buying a folding bike. Where can I rent a Dahon folding bicycle so I can try it out? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Aug 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Renting a house: possum in attic

The possum is gone now and hopefully won't be coming back. Is it reasonable to think the attic itself as well as the insulation in the attic is covered in urine and feces? If so, is it reasonable to expect the property management company or owner to clean up the attic and replace any/all of the insulation? [more inside]
posted by czytm on Aug 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I live with a complete stranger?

So I'm thinking about renting a part of my home to a complete stranger. Now what?? [more inside]
posted by fresh-rn on Jul 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Served a deadbeat and hostile roommate with eviction notice. Now what?

Posted on behalf of a friend, who lives in Florida: Me (Master Tenant) and 2 others (Co-Tenants) lease a house from a property management company. We have permission & authorization to sub-lease. I had to give proper notice for eviction due to failure to pay rent today. If he doesn't vacate, and I have to take him to court... do I have any reasonable expectation to actually collect un-paid rent and legal fees? [more inside]
posted by NMcCoy on Jul 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Moving to Atlanta. Advice and recos?

There is a possibility I may be getting a job that would require a relocation to Atlanta. Can you help recommend a community or neighborhood? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Paying the difference between prepaid last month and current rent

We are moving out at the end of July and plan on using our prepaid last month of rent. The rent we normally pay has increased since we prepaid that last month. Do we have to pay the difference? [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Jun 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I pay my boyfriend rent if I'm crashing with him for 1 month?

I have a gap in between leases, and my boyfriend graciously agreed to let me crash at his place for a month. Should I offer to pay him rent? [more inside]
posted by placoderm on Jun 23, 2015 - 19 answers

Advice on apartment hunting in Halifax, Nova Scotia

How should I search for an apartment in Halifax, Nova Scotia? What are some good resources to help would-be renters learn about the rental market in Halifax? What are some apartment rental agencies that have a good reputation? What are the ones to avoid? Are there any areas of the city to avoid? I’ve never been to Halifax and know nothing about living there. [more inside]
posted by obscure simpsons reference on Jun 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Guidelines for Renting out my house in east Austin

I am relatively new to being a landlord, I'd like some guidelines for what is the industry norm for landlords in my situation, deposit, background checks, questions I should be asking, information I should have available for potential renters, a good standard lease template? etc. details inside [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

The Curious Case of the Angry Non-Tenant

My housemate's fiance changed her address to ours without telling any of us, is taking up a lot of space with her stuff in the kitchen and bathroom, and just left a nasty letter under my door. She is not a tenant. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jun 2, 2015 - 27 answers

Life is Disappointing: NYC Apt edition

Due to a series of unfortunate events I'm now homeless and lost all my savings. Looking for overall advice how to rent a room in NYC and survive. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on May 28, 2015 - 39 answers

Dealing with post-tenancy dramas

So I find myself in a bit of an awkward position with a former friend regarding a tenancy I arranged for them and having to consider what options to take. [more inside]
posted by panboi on May 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Received an termination/eviction notice. Now what?

I'm still waiting for tenant lawyers to get back to me, but I don't know what to do. We've been given 2 weeks to vacate the premises and it was a complete shock. [more inside]
posted by manderin on May 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Forced Rental Payment Fees - Is this allowed?

My landlord just sent out a notice saying that we're going to be required to pay our rent online, through a service that will charge a fee. Is this allowed? [more inside]
posted by dithmer on May 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me move to NYC.

I got into Columbia for grad school. Yay! But I will be at the Washington Heights campus. I'm moving from SF, and I've never lived on the East Coast. I will be moving with my boyfriend. Please help me figure out where I want to live, how much it'll cost, and also how to actually FIND an apartment in NYC (broker??). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2015 - 21 answers

Can an Ontario driver with a G2 license rent a car in ON or BC?

Soon I'll have a G2 license, and I've got some questions about renting cars in Ontario, British Columbia, as well as potentially driving into Washington, Oregon, and California. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

NYC Housing sites/listserves

Looking for more housing/rooming sites to post to in NYC! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 19, 2015 - 3 answers

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