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Help Us Get an Apartment in LA with No Rental History and Half a Job

My boyfriend and I have just moved to Los Angeles and need an apartment ASAP. We have both been out of the rental market and out of big-city-living for over 10 years, and also have some unusual circumstances that might make us seem less-than-ideal to a potential landlord. Please help us figure out what paperwork/etc. we need (Special snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by futura_light on Sep 24, 2016 - 9 answers

When to try and negotiate rent? (West Los Angeles edition)

The property management company I rent from just raised my rent a legally permissible but (to me) large amount. I'm in west LA. Should I deal with it, or try to negotiate? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Sep 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Lodger, drunkenness, unsupervised kids, mess - ok to want him gone?

Came home this evening to a right mess in the kitchen and dining room. My lodger's daughters (11yo and 9yo) had been left unsupervised in his room - they claimed not to know where he was or what time he'd be back. Surprise, surprise, he was in the pub. His response was underwhelming to say the least. Avalanche of rantings... [more inside]
posted by doornoise on Aug 20, 2016 - 25 answers

Landlord is illegally keeping our security deposit - Michigan edition

We left the house in better condition than when we arrived - but the landlord is blaming us for preexisting damage. He missed the deadline to return our deposit, so shouldn't be entitled to any of the money. But now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2016 - 14 answers

Landlord says their bank is inspecting our building for "tax purposes."

Just got a memo from my landlord that there is a mandatory inspection of my building tomorrow by his "lender bank" for "tax purposes only." They will be taking pictures inside all our units. Why does a bank need to inspect for tax purposes? Why do they need pictures of the inside of my home? It feels very intrusive. I suspect they're either refinancing or selling the building. The note says failure to comply, within the 2.5 hour timeframe, will be a breech of my lease and grounds for eviction. Is that legal? (I'm in Los Angeles, if that's germane.)
posted by ljshapiro on Aug 9, 2016 - 19 answers

Getting released from apartment rental lease?

Snowflakes: requested landlord rerent 3 months before lease to begin, due to family issues meaning I can't afford the place, landlord not making effort to rerent [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Care to talk me out of a bad business idea?

The quick and dirty: I'm selling my house and downsizing. I'm using VA loan for my new primary residence so my proceeds can go directly to a down payment for an investment property. I did almost the same thing about 20 years ago and it worked well for me...this time I'm thinking about spreading the wealth a little bit by starting an LLC or something similar in which I can include co-investors and also invest in the names of my kids to purchase and manage properties for the sake of accumulating a little wealth. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jun 21, 2016 - 9 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

Buying a house in a city where you want to live in a couple of years

I'm considering buying a house in another city. Need help / stories / answers below! [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 1, 2016 - 7 answers

I would not have this problem at an ASHRAE convention!

How long does my Landlord have to fix the central AC. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs on May 26, 2016 - 11 answers

How to be a good landlord for myself as the landlord and for the tenants

We are looking at buying a house with a tenant - after years of being a renter, I might become a landlord! How do I make sure I'm a good landlord, but also make sure to protect my property and myself? As a renter, I know that I've been screened through some background and credit checking services, should I use one of these services as a landlord? If so, which one (or how do I choose one)? What else should I be thinking about?
posted by ashworth on May 20, 2016 - 15 answers

Should I stay or should I go now?

My landlord is raising the rent above market. Not so much above market that it's an obvious win to move, but enough that we're talking real money. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2016 - 33 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

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

What is an appropriate rent increase for Seattle apartments (Cap. Hill)?

What is an appropriate rent increase (by dollars or %s) for Cap. Hill/Seattle at the moment? I haven't rented in years. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Apr 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Get Thee Behind Me, Roommate

How do my boyfriend and I navigate getting rid of the roommate from hell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2016 - 28 answers

Landlord questions (is craigslist just tindr for rentals?)

I've been a live-in landlord in a two family house for years, but for the first time I'm facing renting to absolute strangers. What's the best way to screen tenants? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Mar 30, 2016 - 12 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

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

Is it just me, or is that weird?

Our landlords are selling our rented apartment. They have advertised it using some photos I sent earlier, without asking permission first. Is this unusual? [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes on Feb 6, 2016 - 24 answers

Landlord changing locks and invading privacy

Our new landlord is changing the locks to the building. They sent out a notice that the locks will be changed soon. They're not just handing out the new key. [more inside]
posted by mhz on Feb 3, 2016 - 12 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

Residual Smoke Detection

What can I do to measure the amount of residual smoke before and after a tenant's occupation? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Jan 9, 2016 - 3 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

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

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

To be a landlord or invest in a new property?

How do I determine if it’s better to continue being a landlord or sell my rental property to invest in a new primary residence? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv on Nov 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Best practices for buying an income property with a friend?

Two friends want to buy an investment property together. What should we consider? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 answers

What book(s) is the bible as a real estate investment primer?

I don't want any get rich quick book, I just want to understand all the different aspects and terminology in the real estate industry from the perspective of someone who is making this their business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Moved into a bad apartment situation. What can I do?

Moved into a bad apartment situation. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Oct 11, 2015 - 18 answers

Need to recover stuff left behind at last apartment. Landlord is angry.

My last landlord is angry with me. She's withholding my security deposit. There's some important stuff that got left behind in the apartment. How do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2015 - 14 answers

How to be a great live-in landlord?

My partner and I own a house in a small Ohio city, and want to rent out a couple of the extra bedrooms -- we've already got a potential housemate interested in moving in at the end of the month. How can I make sure this goes smoothly for everyone? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Sep 15, 2015 - 10 answers

San Francisco Rental Squeeze

San Francisco apartment renting - is this how it really works? I'm looking for a new apartment in way-too-hot rental market of San Francisco. I found a place, and the unit looks great, but dealing with the property management company in a short amount of time has been a hassle (yes, welcome to San Francisco). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2015 - 11 answers

Do I have to let cable technicians in my apartment?

The cable in my building is out. At least one of my neighbors is affected by this, and my cable is also out; however, I don't use mine so I don't care. The cable people want to come cut a hole in my wall. This will be very loud, require multiple visits, and take at least 45 minutes. I am seriously ill and for various reasons this will be catastrophically disruptive for me. I said no. Do they have the legal right to force this on me? I wonder, also, if the landlord has to give permission - they want to cut a totally gratuitous hole in a place that can be clearly seen.
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Aug 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Renting a house: possum in attic

The possum is gone now and hopefully won't be coming back. Is it reasonable to think the attic itself as well as the insulation in the attic is covered in urine and feces? If so, is it reasonable to expect the property management company or owner to clean up the attic and replace any/all of the insulation? [more inside]
posted by czytm on Aug 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Buying a house in Fresno...

I'm going to be purchasing a house soon in a relatively economically depressed area that has little chance of a renaissance (Fresno, CA). I'm hoping to purchase a duplex/triplex, or a house with a mother-in-law unit so that I can live in the back and rent the main house. While this will be my home, I want to treat it more like an investment. The idea of going into debt for shelter make me unhappy; the idea of eventually (10 to 15 years) getting a positive income stream from the whole thing helps. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Aug 3, 2015 - 5 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

Paying the difference between prepaid last month and current rent

We are moving out at the end of July and plan on using our prepaid last month of rent. The rent we normally pay has increased since we prepaid that last month. Do we have to pay the difference? [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Jun 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I sell my condo or continue renting it out?

My tenant of 6 years is moving out and I cannot decide whether I want to rent it or sell. I’ve tried several online calculators for this type of thing and gotten different recommendations. My condo is in Denver, CO, one of the hottest home and rental markets in the country right now. Rental occupancy rates are at 96% and rents have been increasing at about 10% annually. Home values in the past year have gone up almost 15% in the last year with 6% growth projected next year. Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jun 22, 2015 - 12 answers

raw sewage in bathroom - landlord responsibility in California

There is a pile of raw sewage in my bathroom due to a blocked pipe in the apartment complex I live in. The pipe is shared by multiple units. Landlord is refusing to properly deal with situation. [more inside]
posted by AtoBtoA on Jun 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Tell me about renting in 2015

We are considering selling out house and renting a home in a different part of town. I haven't rented in so long that I'm not sure what to expect. My hope is to rent a home with a very small yard. I would appreciate input on what renting is like these days, and in particular, renting a house. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 12, 2015 - 16 answers

Uhg, dispute with a landlord. What are our odds?

Our landlords are charging us for repainting a room in our rental property, citing that the color wasn't neutral enough. However there was never any stipulation that the color needed to be neutral. We are considering taking them to small claims court for the charge. Should we even bother? And if yes, what are our odds be at succeeding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2015 - 38 answers

Forced Rental Payment Fees - Is this allowed?

My landlord just sent out a notice saying that we're going to be required to pay our rent online, through a service that will charge a fee. Is this allowed? [more inside]
posted by dithmer on May 3, 2015 - 11 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

Landlord (probably) refinancing. Should we offer to buy?

My wife and I rent a house (in Philadelphia if it matters). Out of the blue, our landlord had an appraiser do a walk-through today, only a few days after we started the earliest stages of considering buying a house. (We haven't found one we like.) The appraiser said landlord is refinancing, not selling. (I plan to confirm this.) We're thinking about our options. Questions within; experience with (a) buying from one's landlord, (b) selling to one's tenants, and (c) refinancing a rental property especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Apr 21, 2015 - 13 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

How to EFFECTIVELY report buildings code violations in NYC?

A few years ago, my roommate and I were screwed by a dishonest landlord. (So were her previous tenants, we found out later...) Now the apartment we lived in is on the rental market again, but having lived there, I know it's not up to code. I'd really like this landlord to get her just desserts from the NYC housing department. What's the most effective way to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by the_blizz on Apr 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Landlord charges a deductible for repairs on the property?

Can my landlord apply a charge to every repair that is made on the house, necessary or cosmetic, while I live in the home? [more inside]
posted by ASoze on Apr 6, 2015 - 14 answers

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