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Need to find a lawyer about a sublet and renter's insurance situation

I need help finding a lawyer. I have a complicated sublet situation, and I have questions about renter's insurance and personal liability. What kind of lawyer should I seek out? Do you have anybody whom you can recommend? I'm in San Francisco, CA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2016 - 5 answers

Un-stuffy my apartment

My efficiency apartment can get stuffy and stale, especially in the seasons between heating when it’s too cool to open the windows, but the heat isn’t on yet. What can I do to make it nice to walk into after a day away? [more inside]
posted by quarterinmyshoe on Sep 14, 2016 - 19 answers

HVAC experts! How do I warm/cool my space?

So, I bought an old building. It currently has a fitness centre (which I own) and two (rented) apartments in it – with room for a third. It has moderately inadequate heating and cooling right now, and nothing in the new potential space -- so I'm looking for solutions to heat and cool it. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by liquado on Sep 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Decent looking furniture that can move when I move?

I'm looking for furniture options (ready-to-assemble, flat-pack, or other) for a small apartment (small living room, dining nook, bedroom, computer desk, etc) that are "easily" repack-able so I won't have to toss or donate them when I eventually move again. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Sep 9, 2016 - 6 answers

Apartment Decorating for Dummies

I just rented a new apartment and am basically furnishing it from scratch. One big issue that I am having is that I have no experience decorating etc I have a real refined vision of what I want aesthetically and plenty of pictures, but I am having a hard time achieving it. I also don't always know what things "go" together and what things don't etc I also see something that I like and can't find it in stores. Are there any resources that are inexpensive or free that I can take advantage of? Thank you in advance [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Aug 30, 2016 - 15 answers

What is this, an apartment for ants?

I put in an application for a 150 sq ft apartment yesterday, and I'd welcome advice / personal stories from people who have lived in similarly small spaces. How you feel about the experience, tips for what to keep and what to shed, super space-efficient everything. [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Aug 9, 2016 - 24 answers

Finding a roommate in Chicago?

I'm moving to Hyde Park and have found an amazing 2-bedroom apartment. Only trouble is I need a roommate and have had no luck so far--are there any resources I haven't tried that you've had luck with? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Aug 2, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I answer the (apartment building) door with a newborn?

What's the safest way to deal with having a newborn baby and needing to manually open the door, on another floor, to my apartment building several times a day? [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Aug 1, 2016 - 26 answers

Posted to Ft. Jackson (Columbia, SC), need apt. w/ Garage

Returning stateside from Korea, and being posted at Ft. Jackson, in Columbia, SC in December. So, I beseech you, O Great Hivemind - what parts of Columbia should I look at living in? Any recommendations on apartments or landlords? All the Army people I talk to go on about Sandhills northeast of the city, but I'm wondering if there's any other great places to live. Complication - I need to have parking for two vehicles, at least one of which is covered, preferably a garage. I have an older car that I'd like to keep out of the elements. [more inside]
posted by Punkey on Jul 6, 2016 - 6 answers

What should I be thinking about when renting a room out on AirBnB?

I am renting a very large 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house in a touristy area of New Orleans. I am considering renting out my guest suite on AirBnB for 1 or 2 weekends a month to make some extra cash. What do I need to be thinking about? Should I or shouldn't I consider this? [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Jul 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Please help me write a request in many different languages

I live in an apartment with a bedroom window that overlooks the parking lot. People come home late at night and lock their car doors remotely, with that annoying chirp of the horn. Some people give it half a dozen honks, every single time. What I'd like to do is post a friendly note by the mailboxes, in as many different languages as possible, just asking that people kindly refrain from the horn honking in the parking lot. [more inside]
posted by mammoth on Jun 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Recommendations for apt/condos in Toronto or a renters agent

I've rented in Toronto many times before, but I don't have the time to do the full search myself this time, please hope me! [more inside]
posted by devonia on Jun 29, 2016 - 4 answers

How do you complain to your landlord the right way?

I got stuck in the elevator of my apartment for ~30 minutes today. It has been acting weird for months so I put in a maintenance request and called our office to say it needed to be fixed because we're all scared we will be stuck one day. This was a couple of months ago that I complained. I don't know if it was ever fixed. Well, now I actually got stuck in it! [more inside]
posted by buttonedup on Jun 29, 2016 - 26 answers

Finding a place to rent after leaving behind a dirty apartment

I recently graduated from college, and will be finding a place to rent within the next month or two, likely in either the SF Bay Area or NYC (so the market will be rather competitive). While in college, due to being five young guys who were apathetic about cleaning, we didn't leave our apartment in the best condition, and incurred significant cleaning fees (~$450), much more than our landlord usually charged. (Not that we literally destroyed anything, though.) How badly would this affect our rental applications in the near future, and what should I say if asked? [more inside]
posted by sqrtofpi on Jun 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Cordless Vacuum

Whats the best cordless vacuum? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jun 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Where/how do students live in Portland OR?

We are thoroughly terrified by the stories of the rental market in Portland, but just like everyone else, we might want to move there. My wife would be a grad student. Is it possible for a couple and a dog to find a decent place? How do students afford to live there? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on May 23, 2016 - 15 answers

Rented an apartment, but the natural gas smell is too much

My newly rented apartment has a distinct odor of natural gas in the living room/kitchen adjacent to the gas fireplace, furnace, and water heater. The rental company (on site) has been notified and is getting a work order together for it, but I'd like some proof other than "Smells like it to me...". Is there a measurement I can take to show that it needs to be fixed?
posted by underflow on May 10, 2016 - 20 answers

Leasing an apartment to a friend: good idea?

On a scale of 1 to "land war in Asia," how bad an idea would it be to rent out an apartment to a friend? [more inside]
posted by Mayor West on Apr 26, 2016 - 20 answers

I need to get 3rd flatmate on the lease, owner will only put dwn 2 ppl

Hi there! I know you are not my lawyer- but. Myself and another person are going to be renting a two bedroom two bath flat. I met some other tenants in the building and they are renting the den as a bedroom, and a real estate agent even mentioned this option to me. The owner only wants two people on the lease, he doesn't want to feel like he is renting a "group" apartment. A friend said her Dad (an atty) helped her draw up a side contract on the side when she was in a similar situation. However, since I am not the owner of the property what rights would I have? I can't sublease the den to the third roommate because I do not own it. Any thoughts? The third roommate is willing to provide us with her ss#. thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS on Apr 19, 2016 - 19 answers

Short-term Apartment Rental in SLC?

I've been living in Salt Lake City in Airbnb's for the past couple of months, which has been great in terms of flexibility, but I'd now like to rent a place (furnished, with utilities) for a little longer - let's say 3 months. Online there's a myriad of apartment rental sites, but it's a minefield and none that I've found give me any confidence that they can provide what I'm looking for (requirements inside) - is there a particular recommended service or site for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness on Apr 19, 2016 - 1 answer

Best Method - finding a guesthouse Los Angeles?

I would like to find a *reasonably priced* guesthouse in the Los Angeles area, specifically in or near Glendale/Pasadena/La Crescenta/Montrose. [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on Apr 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Tips for turning a new apartment into a Home?

My fiancee and I are moving to a new city/apartment this summer. Our current place never really felt like a home; it was a temporary, pre-furnished living situation and we made it work for us for a couple of years. Now that we're moving and buying adult furniture and all that jazz, we want our next place to feel like our Home. So, AskMeFi....How do we do this well? What do you wish you knew when you first moved into your home?
posted by sdis on Apr 13, 2016 - 23 answers

Cleaning cat pee from small apartment

Best Cat Ever lost a cancer fight recently. In his last couple of months, he was regularly urinating and sometimes defecating on various parts of my floor. (He had struggled with serious constipation at times, so when this happened, it was enough of an exciting development that I didn't really attempt to stop him.) I did my best with enzyme cleaners, but I wasn't able to keep up with it, and now the whole apartment stinks. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SpiralT on Apr 2, 2016 - 13 answers

We're moving to Chicago! How do we figure out where do we move?

My fiancee just got accepted to medical school at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago), so we're moving there in the next few months. Chicago's a big city, and we need to figure out how to start the apartment search. So...how do we do this? Are there standard questions about our priorities that we can answer in order to narrow down which neighborhood would suit us best? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Mar 30, 2016 - 27 answers

tiny luxurious spa bathroom: no-bathtub renter's edition

Could you give me your recommendations for the most luxurious, spa-like, and renter-friendly accoutrements for a bathroom with no bathtub? I'm moving into a new place and would like to kit it out with the finest towels, mats, robes, and accessories. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on Mar 29, 2016 - 17 answers

Adult living question - cleaning edition

Me and baniak are moving into a really nice new apartment. With a SUPER nice new kitchen. How do we not let it turn into a greasy trash fire? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Mar 26, 2016 - 23 answers

Yeehaw, we are moving to Austin!

My husband and I are relocating from Philadelphia to Austin. We are headed there this weekend to scope out neighborhoods and get a handle of the city. We plan to move this summer and are interested in hearing about apartment locator services and general tidbits about the city. We are an early 30's couple, no kids, are will both be affiliated with UT Austin. We would like to live in a highrise building downtown or loft close to campus. Have you done this? Do you have building recommendations? This is what we know so far: traffic on I-35 is horrendous, summers are brutally hot, and housing prices are high... but the city is awesome! We want to get excited about the move -- tell us where to set down roots so we can explore the new city!
posted by allthingsconsidered on Mar 20, 2016 - 8 answers

People that hate cats will come back as wallpaper in their next life

My walls look like this thanks to the arrival of two kittens with very sharp claws. The two vicious monsters have finally learned to use their scratcher but the damage is already done. What's the cheapest way to make the walls look not entirely awful? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Mar 14, 2016 - 10 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

Broken water heater and incompetent, lazy apartment management

A week ago our upstairs neighbor's water heater started raining water down into our bathroom, hallway and kitchen. Miraculously, there was no personal property damage. But my apartment manager, the owner of the complex and the maintenance crew are being very laissez-faire in their approach to repair and don't want to do mold testing. What can I say or do to get them to take this situation seriously? [more inside]
posted by Arrrgyle on Mar 10, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me live in an altbau

What is this German tenancy application asking? "Der Bewerber versichert, dass die Wohnungseinrichtung voll bezahlt und frei verfügbar ist/folgenden Eigen-tumsbeschränkungen unterliegt, Pfändungen, Eigentumsvorbehalt durch: " [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Mar 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Looking for (adult) toy storage

(NSFW) I am looking for an attractive/somewhat decorative storage solution for our collection of sex toys, lingerie, and related items. [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Feb 28, 2016 - 10 answers

What Should I Know About Living Alone?

Tell me things I need to know about living alone for the first time as an adult! [more inside]
posted by hepta on Feb 26, 2016 - 22 answers

Help my baby to be a minimalist

My husband and I are expecting a baby in June. Hooray! We live in a one-bedroom, fifth-floor Manhattan walk-up. Yikes... I would really appreciate help with what a newborn baby actually needs in our situation? [more inside]
posted by cpatterson on Feb 23, 2016 - 47 answers

Sleepless in Seattle: Must landlord get rid of mice?

We pay through the nose for a so-called luxury apartment in the middle of our city (we're carless and wanted to live close to our jobs). We feel our place should be rodent-free. Do we have any recourse, legal or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 22, 2016 - 17 answers

Quiet, non-lux living along the Mediterranean this summer: where to?

My wife and I would like to rent a simple furnished apartment or small house somewhere along the Mediterranean this summer, for about a month. We just want a place where we can do some writing and go swimming every day. The catch is that we don't have much more than 500€ or so to pay for rent. Seeking recommendations for countries, specific islands, towns or villages, or website recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 18, 2016 - 8 answers

I'm being kicked out - circumvent the hired landlord and contact owner?

So, I received notice from the management company acting as my landlord that the owner of my apartment wants to sell and I need to vacate when my lease ends in 90+ days. I asked the management company if there was any flexibility on my move-out date and they of course immediately just wrote back and said no without consulting with the owner. What if I tried to contact the actual owner: bad idea, good idea? Snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by AspirinPill on Feb 2, 2016 - 26 answers

Does My Landlord Have to Give Me a Parking Space?

If a parking space in my building is vacated, is my landlord required to offer it to me? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Jan 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Should I get a cat if I want to keep living in San Francisco?

My therapist suggested that I get an emotional support cat. I super want a cat, miss living with cats, my housemates think it's a good idea and are happy about a cat living with us. I live in San Francisco; I'm worried that my landlord will raise the rent by lots when it's time to renew the lease/force us to leave or something. Is this a supported fear? [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Jan 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Suggestions for finding a rental in Seattle

I got my dream job in Seattle and will be moving cross-country! Yay! I'm going to make a trip out to find housing but have a couple of questions about when/where. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Jan 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Temporary housing in Canberra

My sister-in-law and her family (hubby and 2 kids < 3 years old) are going to be in Canberra on sabbatical this year. Help us find somewhere to live! [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 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

My apartment lights dim briefly when the elevator starts running

Should I be concerned that my apartment lights dim momentarily when the building’s elevator is activated? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jan 4, 2016 - 8 answers

How should I look for an apartment convenient to Harvard med school?

My cat and I are relocating from Seattle to Boston at the end of March. Help me decide where and how to look for an apartment when I visit for four days at the end of February. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Jan 2, 2016 - 16 answers

Help a Stoner Be a Good Neighbor

In search of the perfect towel for a very specific purpose: keeping odor out of my apartment’s hallway. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2015 - 15 answers

"Stir-fry baby carrots with baby corn and baby peas"

We would like to eat less Seamless. Difficulty level: vegetarian in a studio apartment with basically no prep space. [more inside]
posted by babelfish on Dec 14, 2015 - 17 answers

How do I figure out which outlet is clicking, if any?

I hear an infrequent popping noise coming from my kitchen every few days. I think it's coming from an outlet in the kitchen, but I don't know which one. How do I narrow down which outlet, and should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Dec 5, 2015 - 10 answers

People keep getting into my apartment building?

We've had at least two instances of people who are not supposed to be in the apartment building being in the building since we moved in July. One in late October; one yesterday/today. I don't know what, if anything, I need to be doing right now, both from a perspective of "I like my apartment building being secure" and a mental health perspective. So many words inside because what do I do, oh god. [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Dec 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Bright indirect lighting on the cheap?

There's very little lighting in my apartment's living room. It's pitch black outside by the time I get home from work these days, and I'd like to add some lighting to brighten things up. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Our gas oven doesn't stay lit

The gas oven in my apartment hasn't been working for the better part of three months. The light in the bottom turns on when I start it, and then turns back off when I stop. [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Nov 20, 2015 - 5 answers

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