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Previous tenant left unpaid gas bill

I moved into my new apartment on Sept 1st. Today, I received a "shut off notice" from the gas company (National Grid in Boston) stating that my unit has an unpaid balance of over $100 as of 8/29, and that the account will be going to collections. This is my first apartment - what should I do, AskMefi? Pay down the balance? Inform my landlord?
posted by mushtale on Sep 4, 2014 - 6 answers

I want out of this house! How soon can I move?

I have to move soon, and I've found a place that's available starting this Saturday. My question is this: how much time should I budget for packing/moving? I have a small amount of furniture as well as the usual clothes and other belongings. I've packed about half of my stuff, and will pack the rest on Friday and Saturday, with the intention of moving on Sunday. Is this feasible? [more inside]
posted by cabbagesnkings on Aug 21, 2014 - 19 answers

How dumb is it to try to rent an apartment sight unseen?

I need to find a place to live in the Fremont/Wallingford neighborhoods of Seattle for a move in mid-September -- like, really soon -- but I live a few states away and I might not be able to visit before the move! [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Aug 17, 2014 - 26 answers

Credit fraud

Asking for a friend: looks like an ex has gotten an apartment in Chicago using my friend's name and credit. What should he do? [more inside]
posted by Craig on Aug 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me be safe in this driving situation! (USA Driving-Filter)

This intersection with a turning lane is usually very busy causing gridlock, and I need advice to stay safe. Basically both driveways are offset from each other so people in the turning lane need to occupy an overlapping space. Diagram and further details inside! [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Aug 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Move to another apartment in the same neighborhood to escape landlord?

I need to decide by tomorrow whether to move out of my apartment (in September). Dislike the landlord, who lives above me, but the place is nice and my daughter was born there. My old landlord, who I like a lot, has a place for rent. Details below: [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Jul 9, 2014 - 18 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

Do you have any suggestions for non-seasonal apartment door decor?

What can I add to my apartment door that is NOT distastefully preppy, hideous, ghetto fabulous, arrives with an invisible "steal me" voice, or requires a million screw holes? I never thought that I would struggle to come up with a decorating idea! But I am. I like colorful, but minimalist designs, but otherwise I am open-minded. Feel free to post links to galleries of door decor(not pinterest unless it's a specific diy), photos or make suggestions based on your own projects. Sometimes a touch of inspiration is all that's needed. [more inside]
posted by bibliophilia on Jun 11, 2014 - 18 answers

My apartment is being renovated, how does that impact moving out?

My apartment building was sold in the past 6 months. The new owners have been completely gutting and renovating units as people have moved out; the work is going on for months. I'm planning to move out at the end of the month and wondering how much I need to worry about cleaning or repairing any minor damage if they're just going to do the same thing to my unit. Additionally, if they do charge me for any damages do I have any recourse to argue that they shouldn't have because they weren't preserving whatever it was any way? Obviously not expecting any binding legal advice on this, more curious if anyone has had similar experiences or any pointers to share.
posted by chriswarren on May 16, 2014 - 11 answers

CL posting help - apartment post only shows up under specific searches

I'm trying to rent an apartment on Craigslist. The issue is that after my post has been successfully put up, it only appears when searching criteria fit the details of my post. What I mean: It's a 3 bedroom, so if someone searches in my area for 3BR, the ad will appear. However, if someone just goes into the general "all apartments" section the ad does not appear. What gives? Looking through the application section again, I don't see how I could have done things differently. Am I missing a radio button to do this? Should I classify it as 0-3 BR in the ad setup? Does CL charge for different add access?
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on Apr 13, 2014 - 4 answers

This is a scam, right?

A potential landlord is asking that I check my credit score online and bring them a copy of the results when I see the unit. I have no problem paying an application fee, but asking me to sign up for something online before seeing an apartment is not something I have done before. Seems like a scam to me. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 9, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me Automate my new apartment/townhome

I am looking for ways to simplify/automate my apartment. Things like automatic lighting, automatic fridge contents lists, everything turning on/playing music when I enter my apartment, and any other household hacks. I don't have android OS. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Mar 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Dumpster diving in my own apartment

Nearby dumpster smell is invading my apartment. How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by evolvinglines on Mar 1, 2014 - 10 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

Is my San Francisco bathroom required to have an exhaust fan?

SF renter here. The bathroom in my apartment has a window but no fan. The window opens onto an outdoor space that gets little breeze. Recently in the humid weather, my shower has began to smell like mildew even though I've scrubbed it down. This SFGate article says SF bathrooms with showers or tubs are required to have a mechanical fan. Is this only for newly-built houses or does this apply to all homes? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Not Exactly Mister Rogers

How do I get my elderly neighbor to stop harassing me? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jan 28, 2014 - 65 answers

Buzz off - or not?

I am a first time city apartment dweller, and don't have a clue on how/when to use my door buzzer. What is okay, what isn't, and yes, I am over thinking this, but it is bugging the hell out of me because I am already overstressed. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Nov 8, 2013 - 35 answers

Is that Jackson Pollock? Nope! It's mold!

Is it possible my moldy unit pushing my already run-down self over the edge? How much mold is too much? For how long? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Sep 23, 2013 - 15 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

How can I get my place painted soonest?

I need to get my 2 BR apt in the Washington, DC area painted before I move in. But my only personal-networking options have fallen through: the co-op itself is presently too short-staffed, and it turns out the guy recommended by my realtor can't do it until August. I really need it painted ASAP--although I'd also like a neat, professional job. Is it realistic, to want to get it painted much sooner than August? If so, how can I go about finding a good and reliable painter or company, being new to the area? (Bonus if you have a painter/company in the area whose work you liked and you would recommend!)
posted by theatro on Jul 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Student accommodations in Dublin?

My son will be spending a semester at Dublin City University starting in September (coming from the US). He's been trying to find a place to stay for himself and another student since January. Nothing available on campus and the popular off campus places are all full. [more inside]
posted by cosmac on Jun 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Which are the best apartment rental sites for an Italian visit?

Contemplating an Italian vacation (in the range of two weeks or so) in the next year or two, for a family group of about 5-6 people. Google turns up several websites dedicated to renting apartments/houses, but I'd love to hear some personal recommendations. Is Air BNB the best? Vrbo.com? Perhaps there's no real difference between them. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jun 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Finding Tenants Who Aren't Serial Killers

You're an employed person in Philadelphia. You don't have a proclivity towards ripping copper pipes out of the wall. You dislike college dorm room replacements apartment complexes like this and you are looking for an apartment. Where did you look? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on May 29, 2013 - 17 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

i lost the landlord's copy of the keys

I lost my keys, and then I lost my landlord's keys. I'm baffled, embarassed, and trapped inside my apartment. [more inside]
posted by windykites on May 14, 2013 - 64 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

Moving to Chicago. Help?

Where to live, what am I overlooking, huge step and pivotal moment in my life. I need to know where to look for apartments for rent in Chicago in a safe, student friendly neighborhood that won't cost a fortune. [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Apr 19, 2013 - 25 answers

How to convince our landlord to install ductless AC?

Heat and AC barely reach the 2nd floor of our old apartment. Ductless AC seems like the way to do. Tips for getting a landlord on-side (at least) and footing the bill (at best)? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Mar 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Is it legal for my apartment complex to disallow screens on patio doors?

I just got this notice from the leasing office: http://imgur.com/6GUeUeg There is no A/C, no screen door, and no magic they'll provide us to keep mosquitos/flies/bugs from entering through the patio door when it is open. Besides reasoning with them (it's just their policy), what recourse do I have so that I can keep the screen installed on my door? I'm in San Diego, CA. Also FWIW, the screen is far from unsightly. Search for "bug off instant screen" on Amazon.
posted by wuMeFi on Mar 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Can I rent an apartment in NYC with this on the credit report?

I've paid my back taxes for New York State as of last year, but the judgment is still on my credit reports, although marked "paid". This is my only ding. Will landlords refuse to rent to me anyway? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Feb 28, 2013 - 4 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

Advice about ventilation to air shafts in historic apartment buildings?

Have you lived in an apartment in which some rooms are vented only to an air/ventilation shaft? What was your experience? [more inside]
posted by analog on Feb 15, 2013 - 7 answers

How to introduce our scaredy cat to our new apartment?

Should we bring our cat to our new and currently empty apartment while we paint and assemble furniture, to let her get used to it - even though we are not actually moving for another week. [more inside]
posted by rawrberry on Feb 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Should I maintain renter's insurance even though I've moved out?

I moved out of my apartment, but am still on the lease, which extends for several months. I have "transferred" my renter's insurance policy to cover property and occurrences at my new apartment. This leaves me uncovered at the old place. Does this matter? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Jan 29, 2013 - 6 answers

What to look for with movers in Northern VA/DC area?

Moving just up the road in Arlington (Northern VA) but have quite a bit of stuff that I don't trust me and my friends to not mess up. So what do I look for in a professional moving company? [more inside]
posted by zombieflanders on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I move / switch NYC apartment radiators?

Does anyone have experience with, or know how to, switch radiators between two different rooms in the same apartment (in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Dec 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Super, you're super. Please take my money

My Super is wonderful. I want to give her cash for (what I consider) to be going out of her way but she actively refuses it. Suggestions, especially as we're in the midst of holidays of various flavors. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Dec 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Apartment finder's fee to a friend?

Paying an apartment finder's fee to a friend who's place will soon be available? [more inside]
posted by orme on Dec 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

My roommate situation is becoming untenable. Should I ride out the storm or leave? What is the best way to bail? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by munyeca on Nov 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Where can I live in Philadelphia for 4 months?

Where can I live in Philadelphia for 4 months? [more inside]
posted by mushtale on Oct 17, 2012 - 7 answers

If you see a few fleas does that mean there are 100's on the way?

I have seen 3 fleas, but not noticed any bites on myself. Is this an indication of some infestation that is about to explode? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Sep 9, 2012 - 13 answers

I should just bail, right?

Should I give notice one week after moving in? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Aug 7, 2012 - 19 answers

Finding Home, Avoiding Scammers: Craigslist Edition

How do I avoid Craigslist real-estate shysters? Added wrinkle: long-distance. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Jul 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Neighbor attacked boyfriend; what should I do?

Neighbor attacked her boyfriend with knife. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by dolce_voce on Jul 18, 2012 - 34 answers

Help us write our co-op application letter

We are applying to co-op housing: Please help us write an appropriate (and awesome!) cover letter for our application! [more inside]
posted by tamarack on Jul 17, 2012 - 3 answers

How to move to Boston

Please tell me everything I need to know about the logistics of finding an apartment and moving to Boston on a month's notice. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jul 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Nursery in a loft: are we crazy?

Would you set up a nursery in a mostly enclosed loft area? Wife and I love a potential new apartment, but a steep staircase is making us a bit worried. [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Jul 10, 2012 - 21 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

Short-term (4 month) accommodation in Gainesville, FL

I'm going to be a visiting researcher at the University of Florida, Gainesville from late August to late December this year. What's the best way to find accommodation for this time period? [more inside]
posted by pont on Jul 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Decorating Sliding Doors

Help me decorate the interior sliding doors in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

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