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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

How do I negotiate my lease terms?

I've found a sufficient space to rent so I don't end up with a two hour commute each day. However, the terms of the lease are kinda iffy when it comes to vacating the lease early... Help me out? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Jul 14, 2014 - 21 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

Renting time in a commercial kitchen, issues, gotchas, etc.

I'd like to explore leasing time in a "co-op" or shared commercial kitchen to start a small food business, making seasonal preserves and similar items in Washington State. Are there recommended blogs or books that discuss this from the business and planning ends, as far as what to look for, and well as how to deal with legal issues with bringing equipment and ingredients to and from such a facility (like fresh fruit, sugar, etc.). Do people store ingredients off-site, that sort of thing. (I'm mainly looking for non-state-official guides and written materials that deal with this subject from the producer end, just to focus questions away from the business itself or to Google search results to WA guidelines. Thanks!)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Commercial Lease for a Coffee Shop - what should I be asking?

So I am working on a commercial lease. Advise resources or experience? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Mar 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Housemate money troubles

What is a fair way to divvy up finances when two people move out of a four-person share house? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

And that desk area will be a squat rack?

Am I allowed to rent an office and turn it into a small personal training studio? I have zero understanding of how commercial zoning works and don't know where to start. I am in Melbourne, Australia [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Oct 11, 2013 - 7 answers

House Hunters: Get Me Out of Here Edition

I moved into a new house about a week ago. Everything seemed great. Good, quiet location, central location, etc. etc. But, I've come to realize that the folks living across the street are bad news. They're extremely loud, vulgar, and generally up to no good. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I get released from my lease agreement?

When I moved into my apartment with my roommate, the manager at the time said we could remove or add roommates as we pleased and could even add a roommate and remove ourselves off the lease completely if we wanted to move away before the lease was up, so long as we notified the manager and signed a form. I am considering moving out before the lease ends. We now have a new manager and when I checked with her, she says this is not true, that I cannot be removed from the lease at all even if my roommate agrees to it. However, I looked over my lease and it seems to say that I absolutely CAN do that, as long as everyone agrees. (See extended for the exact lease quote.) [more inside]
posted by brista on Sep 3, 2013 - 15 answers

SF Apartmentfilter: What happens when my lease's up?

I'm a first time renter in SF and I'm not sure exactly what happens when my lease expires. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Jun 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Suggestions for getting security deposit returned.

Need help figuring out the next step in my quest to get my deposit and pro-rated rent back from my landlord. Difficulty - I am now living out of state. [more inside]
posted by tillei on Mar 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Help figuring out whose in the right about a prorate move out date

Moving out this weekend, management company wants to charge me until new tenet moves in - whose in the right? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Feb 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Getting added to a rent controlled lease in SF

I've been living in my rent controlled apartment in San Francisco for about 10 months, and would like to be added to the lease (currently, only one of the three of us is on the lease, and she may be moving out soon). Is there anything I need to know before asking the company we rent from whether I can be added? My fear is that they'd use this as an excuse to void the old lease and increase the rent more than what would be normally allowed under rent control. Are my fears justified?
posted by Dr. Eigenvariable on Feb 2, 2013 - 1 answer

Roommate's GF has effectively moved in... what to do?

At what point is a roommate's SO effectively considered "moved in"? And how do you deal with that? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Oct 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Should I continue this fight with my landlord?

Towards the end of September, I realized that the property management company did not cash my rent check. I called the company and asked if they had received it, to which they said they had not. I feared it lost in the mail, so I called my bank to ask how much it would cost to cancel a check, which is $15. Trying to save myself some money, I went down to the office to talk to the property management company in person. The surly man at the front desk informed me that my rent was overdue, that I should cancel the lost check and write a new one. I explained to him I didn't want to have to pay for it, and could he take a new check to cover my rent and not cash the old one if it arrived? I had brought with me a letter I had written which very clearly stated the problem with my rent not being paid on time and the costs associated with cancelling a check. I detailed which check # was lost in the mail, which was the new check # and to please DO NOT CASH the lost check if it showed up. He said he would give it to the rent manager. Fast forward to a week later when both checks have been cashed. It was so much money that my account went negative and now I've been charged a bunch of fees by my credit union! Should I fight my landlord to get them to pay for these fees? [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Oct 9, 2012 - 36 answers

Movin' On In

Moving in with two roommates - one friend, and one other guy the two of us just met. What haven't I thought of, and what should I be prepared to deal with? Long list of stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Sep 18, 2012 - 27 answers

Apartment hunting with a mold allergy (Chicago)

I have a rather serious mold allergy. How should I go about finding a mold-free (or almost mold-free) apartment in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Sep 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Seeking information on how to fight/delay eviction in Washington State, King County

I'm seeking information on how to fight/delay eviction in Washington State, King County. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 14, 2012 - 24 answers

Roommate troubles: Spain or Bust edition.

Roommate is moving to Spain in 4 days. Has not found replacement. Please help. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Jul 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Rent or not rent? Decisions, decisions.

How to move past my uncertainties and come to a decision, and fast? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Jul 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Upcoming lease issues

In one month I am moving out of my current living situation and moving into an apartment on my own. I'm stressing due to multiple issues, most importantly regarding my rental history, which is shaky, and a roommate that isn't paying rent. Will my rental history cause issues when I try to get a lease? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 answers

My landlord locked the thermostat and it's not in the lease

Just started renting at a new apartment. The lease includes a flat fee for utilities, but does not state that the landlord will have control over the thermostat/have the thermostat locked. I was never told that the thermostat would be physically locked and the lease makes absolutely no mention of it. In fact, the only thing in the lease about utilities is his single hand-written line stating "$100 flat fee for utilities a month." [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jul 3, 2012 - 29 answers

First as tragedy, then as farce.

A question about friendship and subletting, with loads of little snowflake details inside. In short: what is the honorable thing to do when a friend decides to move abroad and sublet their part of a small two-bedroom apartment? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Jun 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Neighbors are terrible, we want to leave, a year left in our lease

Can you break a lease because of terrible neighbors? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel on Jun 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Putting girlfriend on the lease when she has already been living here

Girlfriend moved in with me in January. She's not on the lease. I am renewing the lease and want her to officially be on it. Will this cause a problem with the rental agency? [more inside]
posted by kingoftonga86 on May 12, 2012 - 16 answers

I think that I was scammed for two months' rent ($4,200) in NYC -- what can I do?

So I've found myself in a bit of a sticky situation and need advice. I recently subleased a studio in Manhatttan for a couple of months (April and May) from a guy ("John") whose lease expires at the end of May. He seems like a decent, reliable guy. He said that he's moving back home for a while to start a company (different state), and that he recently quit his job (financial services industry, upon looking him up myself). On move-in day, after helping him pack his car, he gave me the keys and was on his way. [more inside]
posted by rossen on Apr 9, 2012 - 25 answers

Home is where the heart is en route to

How does one rent an apartment out-of-state, sight unseen, so it's ready to move in upon arrival? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Can I ask for a rent reduction?

I want a reduction in rent, but landlord hasn't renewed the lease yet. I have rented an apartment located in Virginia for the past year; the location is wonderful and the unit is spacious, but the management company is less than ideal. I'm willing to put up with that if I can get a reduction in my rent. Do I have a chance? What do I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 - 6 answers

How should I handle this rent increase?

My NYC landlord offered a lease renewal on my rent-stabilized apartment, but with a rent adjustment that appears to be too high. It's a bit more complicated than that, though. [more inside]
posted by aiko on Jan 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me get out of this terrible living situation

How legitimate is this lease? (California) [more inside]
posted by garuda on Jan 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Can my landlord's father take over his job?

My landlord is also one of my housemates. His dad is apparently taking over the landlord duties, but he (the father) is not listed on my lease. Today there was an unsigned notice up that my rent will now be either mailed or deposited into a specific bank account. What should I do to make sure I am covered in this situation? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Nov 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Rental Company Changing Their Mind on Lease Break

Former leasing company just sent a letter threatening to send me to collections. Am I SOL? [more inside]
posted by runnergirl on Oct 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Advice on rent increase

Advice on rent increase in Cambridge, MA, USA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Tips for signing a lease in Manhattan?

I'm about to sign a lease in New York. What can I do to avoid getting scammed? [more inside]
posted by achompas on Jul 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Am I being unreasonable in my expectations for relocation assistance from my employer?

Am I being unreasonable in my expectations for relocation assistance from my employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Financial ruin thanks to (possibly dangerous) ex-roommate

Renter's nightmare in LA: My friend went on vacation to Europe. Her roommate cashed the rent check and skipped town, friend is now getting evicted. Btw, deadbeat roommate still has the keys, collects guns, and has accused friend of being "out to get him." Advice? [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Jul 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Landlord raising my rent while still in a lease. Legal?

Can my landlord legally raise my rent while I'm still in a lease? [more inside]
posted by ryaninoakland on Jun 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Gave 1st month rent but didn't sign lease, and they won't return it.

Girlfriend gave 1st month rent, but hasn't signed lease. They won't give it back. [more inside]
posted by sorrenn on Mar 14, 2011 - 22 answers

Advice for screening a foreign renter

I own a condo in northern Virginia that I have been renting out for a few years and I have an applicant to move in...from overseas. He is post-doc at a government agency that has a two year appointment. What kinds of information should I gather to screen him as a tenant? And how do I deal with the broken lease from the previous tenant? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Mar 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Just get me out of here!

Maryland Residential Rental question: Is the lease renewal letter and rental increase claim issued by my property management company valid? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Mar 7, 2011 - 1 answer

No collection of deposit?

Need some advice on an apartment lease that may/may not be valid. [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Oct 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Should I avoid signing a year-long lease in DC? Can I?

Should I avoid signing a year-long lease for a room in a group house or shared apartment? Is it reasonable to hold out for month-to-month rent, or will I end up with slim pickings? (I am looking in the DC area) [more inside]
posted by catquas on Oct 10, 2010 - 10 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

Business Advice for the Mathematically Challenged

A colleague has asked me to share an office space with her. We are not in the same place financially in our careers. I'm trying to figure out what would be a fair deal for both of us, but I can't seem to get my head around the business logic. Can you guys help? [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Sep 1, 2010 - 21 answers

Ideas for getting rid of my old lease?

I moved to a new city - now I need ideas for getting out of my old lease. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Aug 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Nip Gyp in the Bud

What can I do before the fact to prevent or discourage my shady landlord from failing to refund all or part of my security deposit when my lease term is up? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Jul 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Seeking second year rent negotiation tips for Menlo Park CA

I'm looking for help negotiating my second year lease renewal monthly rate. How should I hold myself during the negotiation? What should or shouldn't I say? Should I actually go through the trouble of negotiating a lease with an apartment complex across the street, or is it sufficient to quote their price from the advertisement? Also, for a current rent of $1999 and a quote for next year at $2299 what chance is there that I can negotiate $0 increase, $100 increase, $150 increase, etc. [more inside]
posted by pariser on Jul 6, 2010 - 10 answers

We are sure you will be pleased with this agreement.

What is a fair way to estimate, over an entire year, the proportion of an electrical bill that is being used for electrical heating? (Previously) [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks

Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks [more inside]
posted by cuando on Jun 22, 2010 - 8 answers

I'm leaving my apartment a month before the end of the lease. What can I do to find a replacement tenant?

I'm leaving my apartment a month before the end of the lease. What can I do to find a replacement tenant? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Jun 18, 2010 - 13 answers

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