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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

How to evaluate prospective tenants?

I own an apartment in New York City, which I need to rent out. I found tenants who seem to be lovely people, but I'm struggling to decide whether or not to be concerned about their finances. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Mar 30, 2015 - 25 answers

Recommend me an online rental application tool?

I'm a landlord looking to make renting my property easier. The idea of using something like rentapplication.net to collect applications and credit checks appeals to me. There is also rentscreener.com and others. I wouldn't be using this to manage ongoing tasks or multiple properties, which a site like buildium.com seems to be geared towards. Anything I should know about these sites? Is there any reason I shouldn't use a tool like this? Which one should I use?
posted by mumblingmynah on Mar 22, 2015 - 3 answers

I just want to wash my dishes

My dishwasher in my apartment has a lower rack that is not made for my dishwasher, and this causes the dishwasher to not run correctly half of the time. I feel like my landlord is supposed to supply appliances that work correctly and not jury rig something together than kind of sort of works. Can I do anything besides wash my dishes twice or by hand? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 answers

State of Indiana - Tenant Rights/ Rental Laws on sudden increases?

Apartment complex gave me 3 days notice of either immediate lease renewal with rent increase or a fee for staying month to month. Obviously, details behind cut. Yes yes, I know, you are not my lawyer. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Feb 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Notice - Landlord to tenant on a periodic tenancy (England)

Am I correct in thinking that our landlord is required to give us 2 months' notice if they want us to leave the flat we are renting under a (now) periodic tenancy? I'm in London. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I get background info on a landlord and rental property in NY?

How can my friend determine if a private landlord is a scam artist, and/or if his rental property has been in foreclosure? This is in New York. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Feb 11, 2015 - 6 answers

3 day notice grar

Landlord has “applied my payment”, intended for rent, toward a bogus (or at least totally-news-to-me) bill for supposed maintenance services. Now landlord claims my rent is late and left a 3 day notice to pay or quit. I do not want to pay maintenance bill. Details below: [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 5, 2015 - 19 answers

How do I get out of this lease?

I need to know my options for getting out of a lease in California. We have lived in a rental home for 5+ years and just signed a one-year lease renewal in January that can be renewed every year, expecting to stay for several more years. Our landlord just announced that he is selling our place. We are trying to start a family and moving at the end of the year while I'm very pregnant or with a newborn is not an option. How can we get out of the lease? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Backyard cottage/DADU owners in Seattle - where are they?

The Mr and I are investigating the possibility of building a backyard cottage/mother-in-law/DADU on our (currently hypothetical future) property in order to supply rental income. We are aware that there are lots of subtleties and gotchas that we would want to learn about from people who have already gone through the process. I imagine there has to be a community out there somewhere. Can anyone help me figure out how to find homeowners who have built backyard cottages themselves so we can hear their stories? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Feb 4, 2015 - 10 answers

When to Contact Owner About Questionable Property Manager

About a month ago, my wife and I were very interested in renting a townhouse in a nearby neighborhood that is very appealing to us for a variety of reasons. It's been vacant since late August, and the advertised rent has dropped each month to (what we believe) is now slightly below market value. On the day of the showing, we made an offer to sign a two-year lease -- something the owner clearly preferred per his advertisement -- and we are otherwise model tenants with great references and stable incomes. The one caveat was that we need to give our current landlord 60 days' notice (or potentially forfeit the next two months' rent). The property manager for the new place refused the offer outright, stating that she was only interested in prospective tenants who could move in immediately. When I asked if this was the owner's stipulation or hers, she refused to answer. Given that the house has been empty for nearly 5 months and my general knowledge of the economic incentives that apply to property management companies, I suspect the owner might be unaware of this behavior. He is a stranger to me. Should I let him know? [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Jan 29, 2015 - 16 answers

The friend of my customer's neighbor's car is my something-or-other

What options does a landlord likely have when a tenant's guest/friend is slashing the neighbors' tires and threatening them and has a criminal record? Assume standard lease in Illinois and that the guest definitely did it but the police won't make an arrest yet. The tenant has done nothing wrong.
posted by michaelh on Jan 21, 2015 - 12 answers

The heat in the apartment isn't working properly, landlord isn't fixing

Bonus: live in Minnesota. Also bonus: not my apartment, but my dear boyfriend's. [more inside]
posted by buttonedup on Jan 6, 2015 - 23 answers

Can a London landlord enquire on a tenant's housing/DSS benefit status?

Asking for a friend: Landlord says "no DSS". Is it legal to withhold that you receive DSS and apply for housing benefit without the landlord finding out? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Dec 19, 2014 - 7 answers

How to approach landlord on previously undiscovered damage from a fire?

On Sunday afternoon (my birthday), there was a fire in the rooming house where I currently live. My room wasn't burned, but this morning I noticed a couple of spots on the hardwood floor where it looked like water had seeped / was beginning to seep down through the walls. A construction worker neighbor of mine confirmed that this is indeed what looks like has happened and now I’d like some advice as to how to go forward. [more inside]
posted by item on Dec 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Who can tell me why my gas bill is too high?

How, in a multi-apartment setup, do I determine what gas-run appliances are serviced/connected to which apartment? I strongly suspect I am paying for appliances I am not responsible for, but I need to be able to prove it to my landlords or gas company. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Nov 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Landlord question: "Service animals"...Could it be that we are exempt?

My husband owns one small rental house. He had a tenant for several years (who has recently moved). Now that we are screening for new tenants we realize that we must educate ourselves anew about laws pertaining to service animals. We are completely on board about doing things lawfully, but it hasn't been easy to determine what we can and can't do. There seem to be tons of gray areas. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 14, 2014 - 22 answers

Should my kitchen sink be generating heat when it's turned off?

This morning when I went to use the kitchen sink, the floor around the sink was warm to the touch. I opened the cabinet under the sink and the air inside it was hot, and the bottles of household cleaners I store beneath the sink had condensation bubbles on the insides. The surrounding cabinets are warm too. This is is not normal. Before I email my landlord, is there any non-negative reason this could be happening? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Oct 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Renting an apartment while on Tenant Blacklist in NYC

Hi Everyone, I searched and could not find a question about this already posted so here goes. I am looking for an apartment for the first time in 6 years and I have found myself on the tenant 'blacklist'. I had NO IDEA. [more inside]
posted by FridaG on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Another Real Estate Question: Buy & Rent a Condo From Afar?

If I wanted to buy a house or condo in a distant state as an investment, and I had an opportunity to buy a place outright, with tenants and leases already in place, should I? How about outright but sans tenants? More info within. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Can I keep it as a pet?

How bad is the mould in my apartment? (Bonus question inside!) [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Oct 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Why yes I can overthink a can of trash, thank you.

In a 2-unit converted house in greater Boston, with the owner/landlord living upstairs, is the etiquette for the first-floor renter (me) to simply put my trash in outside cans/recycling bins as needed, and expect my landlord to take them to the curb on trash day? Or am I responsible for moving 'my own' trash to the sidewalk? [more inside]
posted by amy lecteur on Oct 4, 2014 - 16 answers

WTF?!?!?!?! Youare going to raise my rent 50%?!?!?!?!?!?!

How do I make a ridiculously high rent increase to catch up with the market fairly and without feeling bad about it? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 1, 2014 - 66 answers

Breaking a lease in NYC?

You are not my lawyer. About 5 months ago I broke my lease on an apartment in Queens (NYC). I was worried that the landlord wouldn't find a new tenant in time for the next month but luckily he did. I asked about the security deposit and he said it was on its way. Now he's claiming that I'm not owed the money back. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Sep 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Avoiding a dispute over the move out date, and the security deposit.

This is in Seattle, WA. I live with my landlord in a furnished house, where I rent a room. I gave more than 30 days written notice. My lease ends Tuesday, Sept 30th. I intend to be completely out of there, and completely cleaned up, by that evening, ready to hand over the keys. However, she wants to put off the key handover and walkthrough until Saturday, October 4th. Will there be legal ramifications if she does this? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Sep 28, 2014 - 18 answers

What do you wish you had known or asked before you bought your condo?

We are thinking of buying a condo. We would use it as a rental, so most likely we would never live there. Aside from college, many moons ago, we've always lived in single family homes, so not much experience with renting or apartment life. What are the right questions to ask, or the right things to consider, before making this leap?
posted by vignettist on Aug 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Bogus Damage Charges from a Corporate Landlord DC Edition

Several roommates and I moved out of an apartment in DC this summer that is owned by a large corporate company (coughAvalonBaycough). We’d been in the apartment for almost four years. Before we moved out, staff from the building signed off on paperwork stating that there was no visible damage. A month later we get an incredibly bogus set of damage charges from the building for nearly $1,000. We already got our security deposit back, but they’re threatening to send us to collections over these new charges. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 26, 2014 - 9 answers

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