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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

Securing a rental in a tight market

My partner and I are looking for a house to rent in Seattle, which has become an increasingly competitive and expensive rental market. We've finally found a place that we're really excited about and we'll be touring it this weekend. Is there anything we can do to make sure we're the ones who get the house? Should we offer a deposit on the spot? Have credit reports on hand? Any other strategies that have helped you secure a rental in a tight market? [more inside]
posted by leitmotif on Jun 24, 2014 - 14 answers

To caulk or not to caulk?

In an Australian rental unit, how likely is it that our landlords will expect the caulking in the shower to be clean at move-out, and if they will, should we do the caulking ourselves to avoid paying a handyman for this simple but tedious and probably time-consuming job? [more inside]
posted by gingerest on Jun 15, 2014 - 13 answers

What is the name for this creditors' practice?

Is there a commonly used term for the practice of a creditor (particularly a landlord) applying a payment to several separate outstanding balances in such a way as to create artificial shortfalls in the balances and thus allow the charging of additional late fees? [more inside]
posted by enn on Mar 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Heatless in NYC

My apartment has no heat. How long must I wait for a response from my landlord before I report them to the NYC housing authority? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Landlord taking unreasonable amount from security deposit

I'm moving out of an apartment in NYC at the end of the month. Our landlord is charging us to repaint the entire apartment. I'm pretty sure this is BS. Help? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Mar 19, 2013 - 30 answers

I'm in a moving mess. Help?

My former landlords have turned into incoherent crazy people who don't understand the law. Please help me figure out a solution that doesn't leave me (or my former housemates) hundreds of dollars in the hole. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for stories about foreclosure and minorities

I am looking for stories, books, and anecdotes about banks, landlords, and judges bending the law to evict or foreclose on poor people and minorities, especially in the pre-civil-rights era, and especially on black land-owners. Within the U.S., no particular geographical restrictions. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jul 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Raindrops keep falling on my head...literally...

How can I get the landlords to do something about our intermittently-leaky roof? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jul 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Why would a landlord offer only a six month lease?

Why would a landlord want only a six month lease on a house rental? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jul 5, 2012 - 23 answers

My lease is law!

As a tenant, what are my options when the landlord wants to break my lease? [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Mar 30, 2012 - 16 answers

What can I do about my problem neighbors?

My neighbors moved in two days ago, and haven't stopped yelling since. And they're drug dealers. Can I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by vathek on Mar 5, 2012 - 18 answers

How to resolve gas inspection dispute?

UK tenant adivce-filter: Stuck with a "dangerous" boiler that perhaps isn't, between estate agents, mistrusting landlord and two different gas/heating companies. How do we keep ourselves safe (and warm)? [more inside]
posted by menialjoy on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Dear landlord, thinking we're evil tenants is neither true nor helpful.

Could I request that my landlord put all communication in writing, apart from emergencies? [more inside]
posted by waterandrock on Sep 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Plumbing vented inside apartment? Is that OK?

We moved into a new rental last month and after we moved in I notice some unusual plumbing. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer on Aug 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Although, the plumber she hires isn't named Joe...

LA Rent Control: I'm not sure my landlord is aware that our unit is rent controlled. June is rent control re-registration month. Do I bring this up? Oh, our landlord is a Tea Party chairperson for the region. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Jun 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Advice for finding good sublet->rental on E/F train in manhattan.

NYC Realestate filter. Best ways to find an apartment sublet this August, and then a rental. Must be on the E/F subway line. Questions about subletting/renting -> Clinton/MidtownEast/LIC-queens neighborhoods follow. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on May 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Challenges in moving to L.A. before getting a job in L.A.?

What does it take to land an apartment in Los Angeles without first landing a job in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Jan 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me get my deposit back!

Exlandlords not returning deposit and won't return calls. I have no copy of lease. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee on Dec 14, 2010 - 20 answers

How should we best work with our landlords?

I live with 4 other people (all of whom happen to be very good friends) in a 5-bedroom house in San Francisco, the Mission district specifically. Our house was built in 1923 and is generally in disrepair. Our landlords have been dragging their feet in regards to fixing some issues with our house that are very serious, in our eyes. The breaking point for us is that currently we have no working stove. Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand on Nov 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Living with dirty landlords, and need to broach the subject of cleaning or leaving.

Currently renting a room in a couple's house-- they are my housemates and landlords. I am not liking the situation-- it's extremely dirty. How can I make the situation better, or broach the subject of leaving after I just moved in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 21 answers

Landlord won't break lease and rejects all possible subletters. What to do?

Landlord won't break lease and rejects all possible subletters. I can't afford to pay two rents forever. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 28 answers

Home buying freak out meets lease signing freak out

We're close to finding a house to buy, but our current landlord wants us to sign another six month lease. We're in MA--is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Can I ask my landlord to knock more of my rent?

My landlord decided to put the apartment I currently live in on the market. That means an open house in my apartment about every week (for two hours, which I'm not allowed to be in the apartment) and one-off showings during the week with minimum 24 hour notice (again, can't be in apt). For my inconvenience, she's taking $200 dollars off of my $1700 rent. [more inside]
posted by vivzan on Jun 6, 2010 - 27 answers

Fake landlords

My friend, renting a room in a house, has found that the people he was renting from didn't actually own the house. He came home to find an eviction notice on his door and the locks changed. The fake landlords have moved all of their stuff out, changed their phone number, and are gone without a trace. Now my friend can't get to his stuff. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on May 27, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I keep my landlord from further screwing me?

Can I expect my difficult-to-work-with landlord to use my security deposit as my last month's rent? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker on May 14, 2010 - 26 answers

do subletters have rights?

We're subletting, and our landlord is selling. Do we have any rights in this process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2010 - 7 answers

How best to renegotiate rent on commercial property...?

How best to evaluate what a commercial rent should be--and renegotiate with the landlord? Toronto, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jan 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Can my landlord toss my stuff?

Can my landlord throw out my stuff in a storage unit? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Nov 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Can landlords make a profit from utilities payments?

In Washington State, can a landlord legally make a profit off of a business tenant's utility payments? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Advice for timing a move and getting a "deal" in a tough rental market?

Advice for timing a move and getting a great deal in a tough rental market? [more inside]
posted by limonade on Jan 30, 2009 - 3 answers

movin' on up!

Getting out of a rental situation ASAP and in to a new place due to a relationship ending... Am having problems figuring out when to give notice and get into the new place in a timely manner but not screwing anyone in the process. Probably a very simple way to do this, but I'm clueless! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Our house, is a very very sick house...

Our house is in sad state of disrepair. We'd fix it if we could, but we don't own it. We'd be persistent with the "landlords" but, we don't pay rent or bills. How do I tell them in a forceful, but considerate way that the house needs to be fixed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2008 - 31 answers

Sound of main apartment door slamming akin to small earthquake

I've just moved into a new apartment a couple of weeks ago and after dealing with several issues (cockroach infestation, not cleaned, dirty), etc., the apartment seems to be almost the way I want it. But now there's another issue that is seriously affecting my life at the apartment. [more inside]
posted by ninefour on Jun 10, 2008 - 9 answers

The mysteries of the money

How long does it take checks to clear noawadays? How are checks processed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2008 - 15 answers

What to do about moldy walls and a bad landlord.

What to do about moldy walls and a bad landlord. [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled on Dec 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Does a landlord have to reveal a roach infestation before renting an apartment?

Is there any chance of getting back first and last month's rent from a landlord who didn't reveal known problems with an apartment? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Aug 4, 2007 - 6 answers

Are landlords required to replace disgusting refridgerator for new tenants?

Are landlords required to replace disgusting refridgerator for new tenants? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 on May 1, 2007 - 21 answers

Worst Case Scenario: What happens when you break a lease?

Worst-Case-Scenario-Filter: What would happen if we broke our lease? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Feb 15, 2007 - 11 answers

Is it fair for landlords to put up politcal signs in your yard?

Is it ethical for a property management company to put political signs in front of their rental properties without permission from the tenets who live there? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Nov 6, 2006 - 12 answers

leaving do or don't?

Further to this post, I'm even more sick of the bedsit I'm renting. What are my options in terms of getting out? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy on Oct 27, 2006 - 4 answers

Landlords Screwing Seattle Tenants

Rental Situation Gone To Hell [more inside]
posted by mk1gti on Aug 25, 2006 - 35 answers

Can my landlord charge me twice for carpet cleaning?

My new landlord company is trying to get me to pay for carpet cleaning when my lease clearly states that it is included in the "Restoration Fee". Can they do this? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Can a Landlord Legally use Security Cameras for Petty Purposes?

Anyone know the laws regarding video surveillance in apartment complexes? My crazy landlord has taken to using security cameras in the commons area to harass tenants... [more inside]
posted by Blingo on Apr 22, 2006 - 15 answers

How should I prepare to start renting?

18 year old planning to start renting within a month or so. [more inside]
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party on Dec 26, 2005 - 15 answers

Why can't I rent this apartment??

Why can't I rent this apartment?? [more inside]
posted by bradn on Nov 28, 2005 - 31 answers

renting privacy

I've been renting an apartment for two years and am moving out when my lease is up at the end of July... [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves on May 9, 2005 - 18 answers

UK landlord / tenant laws

UK tenancy advice. Our landlord lied to us about neighbouring building works. [more inside]
posted by influx on Jul 20, 2004 - 11 answers

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