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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

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

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

Best way to look for apt share in NYC?

I'm looking for an apt share in NYC within 20 minutes or so to midtown by train. Is craigslist the best place to look? Do you have any general tips on how to do the search, what to avoid? My experience so far is that it can look good on photos but still be very rundown, but no photos/details is likely to be even that much worse.
posted by rainy on Apr 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Apartment-hunting in San Francisco: Impossible?

My partner and I are moving to San Francisco (preferably Inner Sunset) from New York. We need to be settled in by mid-June, and we’d like to sign a lease for June 1st. We've read a lot about the crazy SF housing market right now, but still have a few questions about when we should go out there to apartment hunt, living with a car in SF, and general apartment hunting strategies. [more inside]
posted by reren on Mar 30, 2014 - 15 answers

The Odd Odd Triple

How can three guys with slightly wonky income situations get an apartment in NYC without a guarantor? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Mar 18, 2014 - 7 answers

How easy to sublet a Long Island City apartment?

My girlfriend and I are thinking of re-signing a twelve-month lease, but we know we don't want to stay for the entire lease. How likely will we be able to sublet our Long Island City apartment, just across the river from Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Feb 12, 2014 - 4 answers

When should guests pay rent?

I'd like opinions about whether I'm being unreasonable in wanting an extended guest of my roommate (their spouse actually) to pay a small portion of the rent while they're here. [more inside]
posted by captain cosine on Feb 4, 2014 - 38 answers

Why does this potentially awesome move make me uncomfortable?

Looking for an apartment, found a possibility with an interesting guy I met a couple of months ago. The neighbourhood is great, the apartment is gorgeous. I get along well with him and I will expand my social circle living with him, so that's a nice plus as well. However... my guts say no. And I can't pinpoint a reason. [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace on Jan 29, 2014 - 48 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

Can't get company to fix wifi provided via apartment deal

We moved in to our apartment last October. It provides public wifi as part of the amenities. Problem is, it doesn't works consistently. "Works" as defined by not being able to simply go from one link to another without the computer/tablet being used dropping connection or lagging for over 5 minutes. We don't expect super streaming or anything. Just basic 1999 level internet. I have called Meraki (owned by Cisco) over 14 times since last October with varying responses and excuses and promises of call-back by managment, with few calls back. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Jul 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Re(le)nting in NYC

This will take a bit of time as I will go into some details but bear with me please.I have seen the earlier threads but the kinda of questions I had are, sort of, very different. I am in early 30's and have just moved to NYC. I am by myself now and expect my wife to join me after December. Currently, am in a hotel provided by my employer and can have this for a month more. My office is in mid-town manhattan (near grand central) and one client whom I would be visiting often is in long island city. I plan to use subway extensively for my travel. So, I have started my house hunting now. Q1: Is this the right time or am I too late and I should beg my employer to give me couple of more weeks? [more inside]
posted by TheLittlePrince on Jul 21, 2013 - 18 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 are the best of the poor substitutes for a security deposit?

What recourse do I have regarding a tenant refusing to pay the last month's rent and possibly damaging the apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Loans for NYC Moving Expenses

I'm planning to move from one NYC neighborhood to another at the end of the summer. Though I'm 99% sure I'll be able to cover all potential expenses (movers, security deposit, first/last month's rent, broker's fee), I was wondering if there's a reputable company that advances small loans to help cover these costs. [more inside]
posted by incomple on May 14, 2013 - 11 answers

How to rent an apartment in Brooklyn.

My lovely daughter and her friend are graduating from college in May and looking for an apartment in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Apr 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Negotiating rent increase (Manhattan)

I feel the proposed rent increase is unfair - how can I stay at my current rent? [more inside]
posted by whitelily on Mar 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Is reduction of rent warranted in this situation? If yes, how to proceed

I'm asking this for a senior citizen friend. Does he have a right to ask for a reduction in rent for a situation wherein he warned management of criminal activity......but was ignored? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Someone already used "Shipping up to Boston" but I can't think of anything else because I have all these questions.

Moving to Boston from the South. Single parent. So many questions. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Nov 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Not quite ready for the land of artisanal snausages

Am I making a mistake in my choice of NYC neighborhood? Details within for your much-appreciated sanity check and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Nov 20, 2012 - 26 answers

Winter Tiiiiiiiiiiiiime / And the livin is eeeeeeeasy

Help me find my hibernation spot! NYCer in search of a winter (roughly Dec/Jan -> March/April) apartment somewhere in the Deep South in a city that A) has much warmer weather; B) offers drastically cheaper rent; and C) is a small town (basically, anywhere that isn't a big city). And, once I have a few city/region options, what's the best methodology for finding a place to rent if there aren't active Craigslist listings for the city/region? Details: [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Nov 16, 2012 - 25 answers

can people really live in storage lockers? because that's the only application i'll get accepted.

How can I find a place to rent when I'll almost definitely fail a rental application and I'm a terrible risk? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Sep 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Movin' On In

Moving in with two roommates - one friend, and one other guy the two of us just met. What haven't I thought of, and what should I be prepared to deal with? Long list of stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Sep 18, 2012 - 27 answers

Apartment hunting with a mold allergy (Chicago)

I have a rather serious mold allergy. How should I go about finding a mold-free (or almost mold-free) apartment in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Sep 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Cheaper apartment in Denver suburbs Parker, Centennial, or Englewood?

Have two days next week to find apartment/partial house on small budget in Parker, Centennial, Englewood area of Colorado (outside Denver). 2 adults, $800-850 (before utilities); 1 or 2 bedroom, washer/dryer preferred, quiet and safe....hopefully space for a mini terrier. I am looking at tons of stuff online but trust MeFites input and steeling for the fact that I am probably not going to find much. I am open for a partial house but not sure if Craigslist is safe or trustworthy to look. Any input is appreciated....truly. Excuse any naiviete on my part.
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 7, 2012 - 6 answers

how much rent should i be paying in NYC?

mid-20s, moving to NYC jobless but with some prospects to realistically find an entry-level job in the $40,000 range. have $20,000 saved. what kind of rent should i realistically plan to pay? am looking at a $1150/mo (per person) in Fort Green. can i do better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 - 20 answers

rent

How much notice does an NYC landlord have to give before raising rent? [more inside]
posted by Palmfrond on May 23, 2012 - 3 answers

apartment hunting in SF during boom times

We're trying to find an apartment to rent in SF (1-2br in the Mission or Noe Valley) and it's difficult. Competition is intense (20+ candidates showing up to see a open houses). What kind of things can we do to stand out from the crowd during the entire process?
posted by mrunderhill on May 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Movin' on up and out

Moving out of my apartment and I have a few questions on how to handle the last month of rent and the security deposit. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on May 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Do I have any recourse for lack of air conditioning in my apartment?

I've been without air conditioning for the past two weeks in my apartment, and it seems like it will be another two weeks before I get it. My landlord doesn't seem to care, and I don't know if I have any options in this situation. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Fun with rental applications

I'm apartment hunting in British Columbia. When a landlord asks me to fill out a rental application, but doesn't ask for a deposit right away, how binding should I consider the application? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Apr 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Problem with a rental agreement, advice please?

Problem renting an apartment. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Mar 14, 2012 - 17 answers

Where in Los Angeles should I live?

Where in Los Angeles should I live? I work in Beverly Hills. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Feb 28, 2012 - 18 answers

What do I need to know about buying vs renting?

Teach-Me-About-Renting-Vs-Buying Filter: I'm in my mid-20s and have been in my "grown up job" for about a year now, and it's about time to get my own place. What do I need to know, beyond just comparing rent and mortgage payments? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Feb 12, 2012 - 39 answers

Home is where the heart is en route to

How does one rent an apartment out-of-state, sight unseen, so it's ready to move in upon arrival? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 10, 2012 - 14 answers

how best to explain a felony conviction on a rental application.

how best to explain felony convictions on a rental application? [more inside]
posted by austere on Jan 22, 2012 - 10 answers

How should I handle this rent increase?

My NYC landlord offered a lease renewal on my rent-stabilized apartment, but with a rent adjustment that appears to be too high. It's a bit more complicated than that, though. [more inside]
posted by aiko on Jan 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Please leave a deposit at my doorstep

SecurityDepositFilter: I think I'm being screwed in Virginia. The situation is complicating by many factors, but mainly by the unwillingness for either the landlord or primary tenant to communicate with me. I was a subtenant with no written lease but a legitimate verbal agreement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year.

Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year. Its a nuisance and very disruptive. What are the rules around this? I am obviously the tenant and the landlord is trying to sell the apartment. Do I have a choice?
posted by r2d2 on Nov 4, 2011 - 19 answers

Renting in the Gulfport / Biloxi area

Looking for information about renting in Gulfport / Biloxi area. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 21, 2011 - 3 answers

What are the best websites to find a place to rent in Perth, Western Australia?

What are the best websites to find a place to rent in Perth, Western Australia? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Financial ruin thanks to (possibly dangerous) ex-roommate

Renter's nightmare in LA: My friend went on vacation to Europe. Her roommate cashed the rent check and skipped town, friend is now getting evicted. Btw, deadbeat roommate still has the keys, collects guns, and has accused friend of being "out to get him." Advice? [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Jul 16, 2011 - 16 answers

What constitutes a legal 48 hour notice of entry?

WA state rental law question: What actually constitutes a legal 48 hour notice of entry? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on May 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Misadventures in Renting

Security deposit ripped off by roommate [more inside]
posted by marakesh on May 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Renting in Abu Dhabi

I am moving to the UAE, Abu Dhabi next week to start a new job. How do you go about finding an apartment to rent. Any online resources? Or do I ask around for a broker when I get there?
posted by convex on May 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Brooklyn 1-bedroom at $1650 max?

Is there a decent Brooklyn neighborhood where I could find a 1-bedroom apartment for no more than $1650? [more inside]
posted by chameleon on May 7, 2011 - 13 answers

When should a potential landlord cash a deposit check?

We gave a check (for a security deposit) to a potential landlord to hold our spot in line. The landlord wasn't going to cash the check until she approved us for the house. We got the house (pending a signed lease agreement). When should the landlord cash the deposit check? [more inside]
posted by jz on Apr 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Bimonthly San Francisco apartment question: Student Edition

Please help a new grad move to San Francisco. I will probably arrive on June 1 and start working June 10, and I have $1500 for the whole move in process. Where do I stay while I'm apartment hunting? A hotel is very expensive and a hostel is pretty cramped. I could probably stay on a friend's couch but are there any other reasonable options for 1 month stays? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Apr 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Advice for screening a foreign renter

I own a condo in northern Virginia that I have been renting out for a few years and I have an applicant to move in...from overseas. He is post-doc at a government agency that has a two year appointment. What kinds of information should I gather to screen him as a tenant? And how do I deal with the broken lease from the previous tenant? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Mar 8, 2011 - 5 answers

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