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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 - 22 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

my move out date is after my lease expires. how bad is it?

I rented a new apartment with a lease starting on September 1st. My current apartment's lease ends 8/31. I foolishly thought moving out on 9/1 was standard practice. My landlord assures me it is not. Now what? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Aug 25, 2014 - 51 answers

How to walk away from a House (Minneapolis Edition)?

After watching our house not sell for 3 months (with one offer that would require us to bring 40k to the table!), we think it might be time for more creative solutions. Tell me about Strategic Defaults in Minnesota. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Telling landlord we're looking elsewhere, but holding onto our place?

I have rented my current place for over a year and according to our lease, am now month to month. I want to look elsewhere, and tell my (very chill) landlord in case I want to put him as a reference. But in the end I'm not sure if/when I'll move (only if a better place materializes) so I also don't want him to decide to find new tenants and give me 30 days notice. How would you deal with the landlord? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Aug 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Binding arbitration

I have an arbitration clause in my lease. Does this preclude me from using small claims court? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Landlord staying at my place while I'm gone - should I ask for $$?

My landlords (a lovely 60-something couple who we like and who like us and with whom we have multiple acquaintances) are staying at their/our house for 1.5 weeks while we are on vacation. Can I ask them to knock a few bucks off that month's rent and not be an asshole? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Aug 10, 2014 - 21 answers

Question about eviction and co-tenants versus sub-tenants.

I'm going through a breakup. My ex very suddenly served me a Notice To Quit today. I'm not sure what rights I have here. I'm also pretty destitute because of recent medical bills. Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by TheHappiestSadist on Jul 30, 2014 - 25 answers

Give me my money back

I moved out from a terrible landlord in North Carolina last June, and then because I was living in Chile with a postal strike/mail delays, the security deposit check had hit the 90 day void by the time it got to my bank. Now I'm back in the US and he won't give me my money back. [more inside]
posted by crayz on Jul 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Overleased

A friend thought his lease ended August 1st, but he just got a call from his landlord saying that it ended two days ago. They don't have anyone slated to move in for two weeks, but say that they need that time to have the apartment professionally cleaned. What are the best steps for him to take? What rights does he have legally? We are in North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Jul 15, 2014 - 14 answers

Thieving, lying landlords

How do I get my belongings back from a thieving police officer and his lying, thieving wife? [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Jul 13, 2014 - 14 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

Is New York City's Tar Beach still a thing?

The door to the roof of my new NYC apartment beckons to me with dreams of sunset glasses of wine and weekend lunch picnics, but am I inviting trouble? Does "unofficial rooftop access" exist? I know people in the city hang out on their roofs all the time, but exactly how kosher is this? And what is the limit? Do landlords on average just turn a blind eye? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by snappysnapper on Jul 8, 2014 - 28 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 this actually a lease?

We signed a lease for a place and it's been a debacle and we haven't moved in yet. Is our lease legally binding if it wasn't countersigned and the owner hadn't closed on the place when we signed it? [more inside]
posted by Nimmie Amee on Jun 26, 2014 - 8 answers

How have you shared appliance purchases with landlords?

Do you have experience with conversations like "I'd really like to get a nice new stove, can we come to an agreement on the cost?" What have you done, what's worked, etc? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Jun 24, 2014 - 30 answers

Rent question (grace period falls on holiday) Oregon

My friend rents an apartment. According to the lease he signed there is a 4 day grace period before his rent is considered late. (He sometimes pays on the 4th of the month because of when he is paid). This month the grace period involves the July 4 holiday. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Jun 22, 2014 - 18 answers

How to de-stink our rental deck?

Because of Reasons, Mr. Blues and I rented an apartment sight-unseen. We moved in last week. It is generally quite nice, but the balcony/deck absolutely reeks of urine. Evidently a previous tenant seriously neglected her dogs (and potentially cats? it smells like cat pee to me) and they used the balcony as a bathroom. It absolutely reeks. How can we and or the management company fix this? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jun 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Should I tell a prospective landlord that I'm pregnant?

I'm pregnant, so my husband and I are looking for a larger place to live. We found a great house, where the landlord lives in a separate basement MIL unit in the house. Should I conceal that I'm pregnant (doable depending on what I wear) in case concerns about screaming babies might convince him not to rent to us? Or should I tell him up-front, since living in the same house as a landlord who doesn't want you there could be uncomfortable and stressful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2014 - 27 answers

never thought how quickly bedbugs could become my problem.

Bedbugs in apartment we just moved into. What to do? Legally, practically, emotionally. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jun 3, 2014 - 18 answers

Apartment electrical fire. Can tennant expect compensation from landlord

My friend's apartment burnt along with most of his stuff. (He is 41.) Should he talk to a lawyer about getting a settlement from the landlord? More info below. [more inside]
posted by uncoolcentral on May 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Landlord dropped the ball, how can we get him to pick it back up?

We are scheduled to move into a significantly renovated unit in less than a week; not one renovation has actually been done. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on May 25, 2014 - 25 answers

What should I do about this unauthorized entry in my apartment building?

An unknown person let themselves into my neighbors apartment, stole her pot, and then left, and my landlord isn't doing anything about it. I'm wondering what I should do now, if anything. Details at length inside. [more inside]
posted by apricot on May 13, 2014 - 16 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

How to not get scammed when renting a house?

We're moving in a month or so and beginning to look at rental houses in Seattle. I'm a bit rusty, but what is the general procedure for establishing the person you're speaking with is the actual home owner and everything is on the up-and-up? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Landlord Part Deux (NYC edition)

Our neighbors are complaining to our landlord about what seem really ridiculous matters, and he is sending letters threatening eviction. We pay our rent on time and try not to bother him. Please help me figure out what he might be thinking, how to deal with this, and what our rights are. [more inside]
posted by corb on Apr 25, 2014 - 17 answers

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