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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 - 11 answers

Can't I just rent forever?

I rent a flat with my SO in London. We've finally saved enough to be in a position to buy a home but the insanity of the market is making me hesitate. What to do? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Mar 31, 2014 - 25 answers

How best to handle moving out technically TONIGHT?

I procrastinated horribly and relied upon uncertain things, and I technically need to move out of my apartment tonight or I assume suffer consequences. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by destructive cactus on Feb 24, 2014 - 39 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

Can I sublease my NY apartment while I'm gone for 1-2 years?

Our apartment in New York is rent stabilized and we love the neighborhood it's in. I was very, very lucky to find this place back back when I was single. But in April we are moving to London temporarily (maybe for two years?) because of a job my wife has taken. The dream scenario is that we could leave our furniture, find someone we trust to sublease to, and have the option to come back in two years. Or if things go terribly in London we could come back earlier. But there's a complicating factor and I don't even know if the rules would allow us to sublease for very long. Details below. [more inside]
posted by theory on Jan 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Subletting apartment for Super Bowl?

I live in Newark, NJ. It recently occurred to me that the Super Bowl is happening very close to me very soon, and my roommate and I are considering the possibility of renting out our apartment to people looking for housing. We haven't even gotten as far as discussing this with our landlord, so it's not terribly serious at this point. But what are logistical things we might not be considering in terms of this? Has anyone done this in the past? What are good ways to find non-shady people to stay in my apartment?
posted by naturalog on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 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

What questions should I ask when going to look at a flat to rent?

What questions should I ask when going to look at a flat to rent? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Aug 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Transitioning peacefully from home ownership to renting?

After owning three, freestanding houses over the course of the last 15 years, we're moving to an apartment in a midrise. How do we keep from walking on eggshells about bothering the neighbors and breaking stuff? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Jul 26, 2013 - 18 answers

How much does oil heat cost in Milwaukee?

I'm trying to find information on how much I should budget for heat in an apartment that uses oil heating. If you use oil heat, can you give me an estimate of your bills for that service as well as how many square feet you are heating? I'm in Milwaukee, WI.
posted by philosophygeek on Jul 22, 2013 - 6 answers

This tenant does not look good on paper

I'm trying to help a friend find an apartment to rent. She is on a low fixed income which will not meet the gross-income-must-be-3x-rent formula most landlords around here require their renters to meet, but she will be receiving assistance from family to ensure her expenses are covered. What kind of support or advice could I provide to help her find a place that will rent to her? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 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

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

liability after apartment fire in NYC

The other night there was a fire in my friend's building in New York City; the fire was on the 10th floor, he lives on the 21st. He wasn't present while the fire happened, but there was smoke damage to his apartment, particularly to his clothes. My friend doesn't have renter's insurance. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for a rental agent in San Francisco

I am looking for a rental agent in San Francisco, but I'm confused about how they work. I am looking for the equivalent of a realtor -- someone who has access to all the listings, and will show me various properties (regardless of who owns them) until I find one I like. Does this exist for renting, and do you have any recommendations for someone who does this work? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jan 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Rental Impasse

What are best ways to advertise a rental flat in London without using an estate agent? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Jan 3, 2013 - 7 answers

How serious should I be taking the black mold that is growing in my Pacific Northwest apartment?

How seriously should I be taking the black mold that is growing in my Pacific Northwest apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 - 25 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

What did you wish you'd known before renting a particular apartment?

When checking out potential new apartments, what problems do you wish you hadn't overlooked? [more inside]
posted by corey flood on Oct 13, 2012 - 73 answers

Do I save by moving into my apartment in the winter rather than the summer?

Apartment lease economics: I'm planning to move to a new apartment. I'm considering waiting until winter to move in, because leases are cheaper in the off season. But will my rate just go up when it's time to renew a year later? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Sep 20, 2012 - 3 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

What are the hidden secrets of renting?

We know how to buy, sell, and own a house in the burbs, but what are the secrets to renting and living in an apartment in Boston? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Padmapper alternatives?

Now that Padmapper can't pull in Craigslist listings, are there any alternatives that help you wade through Craigslist apartment ads? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Jul 3, 2012 - 7 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

Why should my landlord be involved with me insuring my own stuff?

Can my landlord require that I add them to my renter's insurance when I renew my apartment lease? And is this normal? (Michigan, USA) [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Feb 29, 2012 - 7 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

Help With Apartment Hunting in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Moving to New York from Florida to take a job at the beginning of January, and i'm having some trouble finding a good place to live, mostly that I don't really know how to find good places that aren't on craigslist/padmapper. The friend i'm going to live with works in Greenpoint, so we're leaning heavily on that neighborhood, just off the Greenpoint or Nassau stops, so only one of us has to take the subway to work. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Nov 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Buying vs renting an apartment (New York City)?

Buying vs renting an apartment (New York City)? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Oct 10, 2011 - 17 answers

What recourse do I have with my useless management company?

My management company refuses to do anything about the (lackluster) security of my building. What recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jul 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Can my landlord act like my mother?

Can a landlord in California specify "no overnight guests" in a rental posting or in a rental agreement? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma on Jul 20, 2011 - 17 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

Help me with a leasing issue, please.

Any way to get out of a recently signed apartment lease? [more inside]
posted by aelish on Jun 7, 2011 - 12 answers

...she left something behind

My subletter left behind her vibrator when she moved to a nearby city, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by the thing about it on Jan 7, 2011 - 64 answers

Nice place you've got there.. hate to see something happen to it!

My lease doesn't end for another 7.5 months, and I just got a letter today from the landlord requesting I renew the lease by the 20th. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Signing a Lease - is this normal?

I'm about to sign a lease, but am questioning some of the lease terms. Are these provisions normal? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Dec 4, 2010 - 21 answers

Apartment Hunting for Dummies.

My girlfriend and I are looking at apartments in Savannah, GA this Friday, but we are at a loss as to what questions we should be asking and what we should be looking for when we physically see the apartments. [more inside]
posted by arcolz on Nov 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Sorry guys, I have to be up in the morning!

How do I go apartment shopping in a small town? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Oct 9, 2010 - 10 answers

Hi-rise apartment buildings?

I'm thinking of moving to a downtown hi-rise apartment building, from a low-rise complex in the suburbs. For those who have done this, what do you wish you had known before you did it?
posted by smackfu on Aug 29, 2010 - 15 answers

I really can't afford another 2 months rent...

I submitted a form to the property management outfit of my apartment in April to move out. Come July, my expected move-out month, they say they can't find the form. The woman I spoke to about this said that they'll see what they can see and try to work with me, but if they end up saying I have to stay for another 2 months (60 days is required notice period) what are my options? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jul 20, 2010 - 15 answers

Renting in Toronto

Toronto Filter: I will likely be moving to Toronto in the next 2 months, and I need help deciding on a neighbourhood. Advice on resources for finding a good rental would be awesome too. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jul 10, 2010 - 16 answers

Tips for Renting with Bad Credit - SF

I have bad credit and I'm looking to rent an apartment in San Francisco. I tried to get a place early last month before I arrived and had a bad experience (very judgy and insulting leasing company) over my credit. Now I'm feeling really nervous. Any suggestions to help me feel confident going into apartment viewings? [more inside]
posted by amycup on Jul 8, 2010 - 17 answers

Question re: property management company

A year ago, a property management company took over the house I've been living in for 10 years. Now, 10 years after I moved in, they want me to fill out a walkthrough checklist to indicate the condition of the house. I feel like I'm being set up somehow. Tell me how to protect myself (or that I'm being paranoid). [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jun 4, 2010 - 16 answers

Where to live north of Boston?

Where to live north of Boston? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es on May 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Who can connect my apartment to the building's phone box?

Rented a brand-new apartment, but it's not wired for the kind of phone and internet service we already transferred to the address. The result is that our phone line is active in the basement phone room, but someone has to connect that line to our 4th floor apartment. Every party is declining responsibility. Whose responsibility is it, and how much would it cost to get an outside electrician to do it? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on May 5, 2010 - 25 answers

Is this place in Philadelphia safe?

I'm about to move to Philadelphia and I'm looking for a place to live. I'll be renting. Can anyone tell me if this area (intersection inside) in University City is safe to move to? Area listed inside. [more inside]
posted by sociolibrarian on May 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me avoid getting scammed by London Landlord

I'm in the US. Do I have any reason to believe that I'm being scammed by this person in London from whom we are considering renting an apartment? Link to apartment and other details inside... [more inside]
posted by crapples on Apr 27, 2010 - 16 answers

What to do with ex-roommate's stuff?

My roommate moved out and left a ton of stuff behind. What do i do with it? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Apr 26, 2010 - 16 answers

Renting Sight Unseen in California

Help me avoid getting screwed when finding a place to live in California, when I can’t see the place or meet the landlord in advance. [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Mar 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Does my landlord owe me for a washer install gone bad?

My landlord installed a washer in my apartment...incorrectly. Now I have ruined clothing, do I have a right to ask for compensation? [more inside]
posted by There's No I In Meme on Mar 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me, handyman!

Help me figure out what to do to get proper maintenance in my rented apartment within a condo building. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 25, 2009 - 11 answers

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