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Too many flags?

Can I tell my tenant he can only have one flag in the yard? [more inside]
posted by 17.5002 on Apr 24, 2016 - 26 answers

First time Apartment Renter. What don't I know that I should?

I have to sell the home I inherited and find myself apartment hunting for the first time in my 32 years of life. I've been using apartment search websites to find places that have my requirements (accepts cats, washer/dryer a plus, under $800). I have an appointment this afternoon to tour one of the complexes. What should I ask or keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by INFJ on Mar 11, 2016 - 43 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

You are not my tax adviser, but do I need one? (renting out a room)

In June, I started renting out a bedroom in my condo. I know I can deduct a percentage of some household expenses, but I want to make sure I 'm doing it right. I've been doing my taxes online with FreeTaxUSA for years. I'm really happy with them, but I've always just taken the standard deduction, and I'm wondering if it would be worth hiring someone this year (and then maybe going back to online next year). More inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Feb 3, 2016 - 8 answers

Tenant Lawyer Recommendation, Oakland CA

Looking for recommendations for a lawyer experienced with Oakland's just cause evictions. Our landlords are pursuing an owner move-in in our rent-controlled apartment, which we believe is most likely not in good faith. We would like to get legal advice on our options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2016 - 0 answers

Rather tenant/roommate leaves quietly without eviction proceedings...

Tenant/roommate has been late on rent all three months she has been there. Still no rent this month and I need to end this. It's a month to month rental agreement. Need to find free/sliding scale counsel, and have a few questions that I would like some insight on, so I can be most successful. In Los Angeles. Will get legal advice, but want to be a bit more educated going in. [more inside]
posted by Vaike on Jan 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Scared for my puppy, please help!

My beloved puppy (male, uncut, 9 months) is growling and being aggressive. We received a call from our apartment manager that there had been a complaint. I am terrified that this will happen again and they will try to evict us, or report him as a dangerous dog and try to kill him. Please help either with strategies or anxiety management or sanity check. I love him and am desperate. [more inside]
posted by corb on Jan 5, 2016 - 68 answers

When did GE stop making this crappy dishwasher?

Our apartment's old dishwasher, a GE Americana model, is no longer manufactured. Any idea how to figure out when it stopped being produced? I'd like to know what's the youngest possible age for the washer. GE was unresponsive to my queries. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

What's the best response to a new landlord's request?

The apartment building I live in, in Brooklyn, NY, was just sold to a new owner. My lease, which expires in a year, was signed with the old management, and is a simple, non rent-regulated, rental. There was -$0- security deposit; I didn't pay one, and my lease reflects that. The new owner/management team placed letters under the doors in the building today, requesting a two month security deposit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 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

What kind of rights do tenants have following tenant screening process?

Apartment complex management denied our application based on erroneous information - they now refuse to talk to us about the incident that got our application denied. If CRA's and landlords are protected within tenant screenings, what recourse do tenants have? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Aug 2, 2015 - 3 answers

I don't want to be a sleazy landlord but I will need to withhold some $$

What would be considered normal wear and tear in a rental property to deduct from a security deposit after 6 years? The place looks pretty bad. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 15, 2015 - 37 answers

I lied on my rental application.

I was informally evicted from a lease in the past year. I skipped it in my rental history on a new application. Now what? [more inside]
posted by rubster on Jul 11, 2015 - 14 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

Taking shortcut when locked out - is this trespassing?

I live in a house that's broken up into two units, with a shared basement where everybody does laundry. I went down to do the laundry this afternoon and found that I was locked out of my portion of the unit (normally the door to the basement is unlocked). The oven was also on because I was cooking. I had no phone and no keys, so I went outside and banged on the door and shouted 'HELP!' Nobody was home to answer, for either unit. I went back into the basement and it turned out that the people downstairs still had their door unlocked. I walked through the downstairs unit to get back into the common entrance to get back into my unit. Is this trespassing if it was an emergency? As I said before, the oven was on, and there was no telling when people would get home and I didn't want a fire to start and put everybody at risk. Otherwise I would've just waited or tried to find another neighbour so I could get in touch with the landlord or a housemate. Nobody knows this happened, but I'm not sure whether I should mention it or not.
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2015 - 23 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

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

Tenant woes in Ontario

Are security door chains illegal in apartments in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by Lay Off The Books on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

What are my rights here? Tenant in Virginia

Hi out there! I'm moving away at the end of May from Charlottesville, Virginia for a new job on the west coast and I have a lease that goes until July 30. My landlord has kindly offered to terminate my lease early, and has said that it is on the condition that he finds someone else to take over the apartment. However! [more inside]
posted by ethel on Apr 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Where Does Quiet Enjoyment Come In?

Four days ago, we got an email from a realtor introducing herself as the person selling my landlord's house. She's been incredibly aggressive and rude in regards to viewings, and we do not trust her to respect our wishes if we ask her not to show the house at a certain time. It has been incredibly stressful, and it's only been one week. What are our rights here (detailed questions also within)? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 16, 2015 - 23 answers

I just want to wash my dishes

My dishwasher in my apartment has a lower rack that is not made for my dishwasher, and this causes the dishwasher to not run correctly half of the time. I feel like my landlord is supposed to supply appliances that work correctly and not jury rig something together than kind of sort of works. Can I do anything besides wash my dishes twice or by hand? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 answers

State of Indiana - Tenant Rights/ Rental Laws on sudden increases?

Apartment complex gave me 3 days notice of either immediate lease renewal with rent increase or a fee for staying month to month. Obviously, details behind cut. Yes yes, I know, you are not my lawyer. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Feb 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Notice - Landlord to tenant on a periodic tenancy (England)

Am I correct in thinking that our landlord is required to give us 2 months' notice if they want us to leave the flat we are renting under a (now) periodic tenancy? I'm in London. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

3 day notice grar

Landlord has “applied my payment”, intended for rent, toward a bogus (or at least totally-news-to-me) bill for supposed maintenance services. Now landlord claims my rent is late and left a 3 day notice to pay or quit. I do not want to pay maintenance bill. Details below: [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 5, 2015 - 19 answers

How do I get out of this lease?

I need to know my options for getting out of a lease in California. We have lived in a rental home for 5+ years and just signed a one-year lease renewal in January that can be renewed every year, expecting to stay for several more years. Our landlord just announced that he is selling our place. We are trying to start a family and moving at the end of the year while I'm very pregnant or with a newborn is not an option. How can we get out of the lease? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Can a London landlord enquire on a tenant's housing/DSS benefit status?

Asking for a friend: Landlord says "no DSS". Is it legal to withhold that you receive DSS and apply for housing benefit without the landlord finding out? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Dec 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Am I going to wake up IN FLAMES because of an electrical prob in my apt?

So, I woke up to part of my apartment without power. The maintenance man has strung up extension cords so now many, many electrical things (lamps, computers, refrigerator, wifi) are all getting juice from a single outlet. This feels unsafe. Is it? See inside for more blah blah blah. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Dec 4, 2014 - 28 answers

Landlord question: "Service animals"...Could it be that we are exempt?

My husband owns one small rental house. He had a tenant for several years (who has recently moved). Now that we are screening for new tenants we realize that we must educate ourselves anew about laws pertaining to service animals. We are completely on board about doing things lawfully, but it hasn't been easy to determine what we can and can't do. There seem to be tons of gray areas. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 14, 2014 - 22 answers

Renting an apartment while on Tenant Blacklist in NYC

Hi Everyone, I searched and could not find a question about this already posted so here goes. I am looking for an apartment for the first time in 6 years and I have found myself on the tenant 'blacklist'. I had NO IDEA. [more inside]
posted by FridaG on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

The roof is leaking, and the property manager couldn't care less. Help?

We rent a second-floor apartment in a two-story house. There is apparently a leak in the roof, and when there's a lot of rain (like right now, it's been pouring since last night!) water drips through our living room ceiling. It's not a HUGE leak, but it's right in the middle of the room, and the water is coming in right next to a light fixture. The property manager has been notified twice -- once a few months ago, and once today. He is ignoring us. Many many more details after the cut... [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on Oct 23, 2014 - 30 answers

How can I gently encourage a housemate to go live elsewhere?

My wife and I bought a house, moved in, and rented one of the bedrooms out to one of her friends. She and I later broke up, and she is now living elsewhere. Her friend still lives here, and I've since rented out the third bedroom as well. My desire is more about sharing a home with friends than about simply making money renting rooms, though divorce is expensive and the money certainly helps. My ex's friend is a perfectly reasonable tenant who pays his rent on time, doesn't trash the place, doesn't cause drama, and while he's a bit slobby he does follow through on his agreements when we negotiate about chores. He deserves better than to just be kicked out because I happen not to prefer his company. At the same time, this isn't the living situation I want and it only exists because of the chain of events leading to my divorce. How can I make progress toward organizing the home environment I want to live in without treating my ex's friend unfairly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Can I keep it as a pet?

How bad is the mould in my apartment? (Bonus question inside!) [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Oct 7, 2014 - 7 answers

WTF?!?!?!?! Youare going to raise my rent 50%?!?!?!?!?!?!

How do I make a ridiculously high rent increase to catch up with the market fairly and without feeling bad about it? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 1, 2014 - 66 answers

Bogus Damage Charges from a Corporate Landlord DC Edition

Several roommates and I moved out of an apartment in DC this summer that is owned by a large corporate company (coughAvalonBaycough). We’d been in the apartment for almost four years. Before we moved out, staff from the building signed off on paperwork stating that there was no visible damage. A month later we get an incredibly bogus set of damage charges from the building for nearly $1,000. We already got our security deposit back, but they’re threatening to send us to collections over these new charges. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2014 - 9 answers

my move out date is after my lease expires. how bad is it?

I rented a new apartment with a lease starting on September 1st. My current apartment's lease ends 8/31. I foolishly thought moving out on 9/1 was standard practice. My landlord assures me it is not. Now what? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Aug 25, 2014 - 51 answers

Binding arbitration

I have an arbitration clause in my lease. Does this preclude me from using small claims court? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 13, 2014 - 7 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

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

Rent question (grace period falls on holiday) Oregon

My friend rents an apartment. According to the lease he signed there is a 4 day grace period before his rent is considered late. (He sometimes pays on the 4th of the month because of when he is paid). This month the grace period involves the July 4 holiday. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Jun 22, 2014 - 18 answers

There's a hole in my siding, Dear Liza, Dear Liza

I drove by my rental property today and it appears that my idiot tenant has backed into the front of the house within the last few weeks. The damage looks like this, with the damaged area measuring about a foot tall at its longest point. Is this an appropriate DIY project for someone with only basic levels of handiness, and if not, what professional do I call? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jun 17, 2014 - 8 answers

What should I do about this unauthorized entry in my apartment building?

An unknown person let themselves into my neighbors apartment, stole her pot, and then left, and my landlord isn't doing anything about it. I'm wondering what I should do now, if anything. Details at length inside. [more inside]
posted by apricot on May 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Landlord Part Deux (NYC edition)

Our neighbors are complaining to our landlord about what seem really ridiculous matters, and he is sending letters threatening eviction. We pay our rent on time and try not to bother him. Please help me figure out what he might be thinking, how to deal with this, and what our rights are. [more inside]
posted by corb on Apr 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Landlordfilter: My tenants want to go day-to-day

My tenants, who have been reasonably good, rent-on-time tenants for 4 years, are looking for a larger house for their now-larger family. I let them go month-to-month to support that; now they want to know how much less than 30 days' notice is acceptable. [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Apr 25, 2014 - 37 answers

How to deal diplomatically with zealous environmentalist landlady?

Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Apr 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Does a tenant in California have a right to have his closet unlocked?

I rent an apartment with a strange closet situation. Right now the closet has locked. No key exists for the lock. Instead, the landlord urges me to keep it unlocked, even though it tends by its nature to lock, accidentally. The landlord will not make a key. Instead he charges me for stripping the door from its hinges each time it locks, grumbling "I told you there was no key!" Is this OK or is there some ideal under the law that I should be able to have access to my closet?
posted by johngoren on Apr 8, 2014 - 24 answers

Tenant (probably) stuck in Toronto prison and time keeps dragging on...

How can I find someone who is currently awaiting trial or in jail in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Mar 27, 2014 - 11 answers

I'm moving out, new tenants want to move in early, should they pay?

New tenants want to move in 3 days early and don't want to pay for the extra days. [more inside]
posted by althanis on Mar 10, 2014 - 42 answers

Looking for advice on taking a tenant to Small Claims Court in Ontario

I may need to take my tenant to Small Claims Court, and I would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jan 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Landlord splitting electric bills between two tenants

My (now previous) landlord split the monthly electric bill between us and the downstairs apartment. We had oil heat, neighbors had electric. We had no a/c, downstairs had central a/c. Electric bills run about $400/month, which we never saw, but were invoiced for as "lease extras". Landlord told us we were responsible for 1/2 the monthly bill. I'm not sure this was equitable. Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by sundrop on Jan 27, 2014 - 14 answers

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