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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

Searching for moving to Santa Barbara

How would one conduct a search for renting a place in Santa Barbara? What peculiarities of the market should I know? [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Mar 24, 2014 - 3 answers

LA Rental Market - Month-to-Month normal, or strange?

West-side LA Rental question: My first year's lease is up. I asked my property manager about renewing, and the manager told me, "oh, once your 12mo is up, you just go month-to-month, no contract." What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Mar 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Our lease is up, but we paid the last months rent... what to do?

My wife and I rent a house in Seattle and our 12-month lease ended in February. We're now month to month. The issue is, we paid the last months rent when we signed the lease... then also paid rent the last month of our lease. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Mar 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Landlord used city lease form for suburban rental, is he bound by RLTO?

We rented a house in Skokie, and the landlord used an office-supply-store-pre-printed lease form for the city. It included a copy of the Chicago RLTO as part of the form. Understanding that YANML, does this incorporate the requirements of the RLTO into the terms of the lease? If so, he'd be required to submit receipts meet deadlines for the return of the deposit. Or is he only bound by State Law (which for a single-family home, seems to require bupkus). He only returned half of our security deposit. Is it worth fighting for the other half ($600)? If I accept and deposit the $600 he sent, am I hurting my chances of getting the rest? [more inside]
posted by Morydd on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Please help me phrase this request to my landlord...

So, most of the previous AskMes have had to do with either crazy landlords or desperate situations, and I have neither. But I need to ask my rental company if they'll let me out of my lease 30 days early, and I'm not sure how to phrase this. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Applying for rental house - need advice

Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service. This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger. Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee. My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
posted by valannc on May 26, 2013 - 9 answers

I'm leaving, but what do we do about the lease?

BadRoommateFilter: Last night, I came home to my roommate ranting about a dirty kitchen. The rant culminated with him throwing a jar candle at the window, at which point I left. There's broken glass on the kitchen floor still, this morning. I'm seeking new housing, but what to do about the rent for the remainder of the lease term? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Dec 12, 2012 - 15 answers

What did you wish you'd known before renting a particular apartment?

When checking out potential new apartments, what problems do you wish you hadn't overlooked? [more inside]
posted by corey flood on Oct 13, 2012 - 73 answers

Do we have a right to break our lease?

We want out of our apartment. What is the best tactic to take? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Residence near Argonne National Laboratory

Chicago Area Filter: International co-op student trying to find a 6-month housing lease near Argonne National Laboratory on the outskirts of Chicago. What areas around there should I search? Are there any I should avoid in my search? [more inside]
posted by TimeStove on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 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

Who is responsible for rental pool damage?

Who is responsible for rental pool damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2012 - 4 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

Living in own rental duplex?

My wife and I are in a position to possibly buy the duplex we have rented for many years. Ownership would entail renting the other half of the building to a tenant. That half is currently unoccupied. We have never been homeowners or landlords before. Has anyone ever lived in the same building as their tenant? I can think of both perks and nightmares. Any considerations or advice to the reality of that scenario? You are not our lawyer, etc. Thanks.
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 - 21 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

What Can They Do To Us If We Break Our Michigan Lease?

Help us figure out the risks and ramifications of breaking our lease in Ann Arbor, MI. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Sep 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Deposits and decreased value

TX landlord filter. Can I charge against a deposit for decreased lifespan of carpet when I'm not actually replacing the carpet yet? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 24, 2011 - 3 answers

How to rent commercial space in Sweden??

Need advice on the commercial real estate market in Sweden (Stockholm specifically...) [more inside]
posted by mscatch22 on Jul 14, 2011 - 1 answer

How to react to troublesome owner?

The townhome that my SO and I paid a deposit on was rented out from under us by the owner, who did so not only behind our back, but behind the back of the property management company that they contracted with. What is the best way to proceed here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 - 14 answers

What are our tenant rights in MI?

If a tenant's safety is severely threatened, can they legally bypass the lease agreement and break the lease? [more inside]
posted by roomcoloredcharlatan on Apr 18, 2011 - 34 answers

Learned rental home is for sale, after we moved in - what can/should we do?

We just found out our new rental house has been on the market and will be shown soon, three weeks into our new month-to-month agreement. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Mar 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Short-term auto in DC

Best short-term car options in DC [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Mar 20, 2011 - 8 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

Signing a Lease - is this normal?

I'm about to sign a lease, but am questioning some of the lease terms. Are these provisions normal? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Dec 4, 2010 - 21 answers

House Rent Boggle

What do I need to know about signing a lease in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Oct 26, 2010 - 15 answers

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

How early is too early?

Is it too early to renew my lease that expires in December? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Sep 26, 2010 - 5 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

When you say 60 days you mean 35 is ok, right?

Landlord/tenant filter: Providing somewhat later than required notice that I'm moving out. How to approach & what should I/can I offer? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on Jul 24, 2010 - 3 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

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

Splitting the rent between you, me and Dupree

What is the best way of splitting the rent for a 2 bedroom place where a couple share one room and a single shares the other?
posted by teem on Jun 17, 2010 - 25 answers

There's a fungus amoung us.

Should I stay or should I go? (Apartment rental version.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Did I get ripped off by a misleading lease agreement?

Vancouver BC Rental Agreement: Heat and Hot Water included. Or is it? [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jun 14, 2010 - 17 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

Contractual protection for renters in a house that might be sold?

We're interested in renting a small house in CA as our primary residence. We're suspicious that the owners/agents are just trying to wait out the market before selling. Is there any meaningful protection that guarantees a minimum stay in the property that can be put into a rental contract/lease, irrespective of whether the owners receive an offer on the house?
posted by lalochezia on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Another New York apartment question

This question may be a no-brainer but if two people will be renting an apartment in New York City proper, will landlords always require both residents to be listed on the lease? This pertains to a couple and not to a platonic roommate situation. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by sarelicar on Feb 16, 2010 - 16 answers

Are we entitled to our security deposit?

How do I get my security deposit back? We bought our first home and moved out of our apartment 6 months in to a 12 month lease and found someone to take over our apartment. [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself on Jan 19, 2010 - 14 answers

3 different rooms so 3 different rents?

I'm in the hunt for some new roommates in this house, and I'd like suggestions on how best to divvy up rent based on bedroom size and amenities. Also, how should I go about listing the rooms for rent here in central Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Deposit for old rental I don't live at.

I moved into a house with some friends in Los Angeles California, we all split the deposit (shared was $700 each), things got weird and I moved out with the person moving into my room agreeing to pay my share of the deposit. That was a year ago and promises of "in the fall" have now gone silent. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Dec 27, 2009 - 7 answers

New owner/old lease

Does my new landlord have to honor my old lease? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Oct 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Can my landlord really kick me out?

My landlords want to kick me out and move into my apartment. They gave me the 60 days notice, but I have some questions about the validity of their notice. [more inside]
posted by krunk on Jun 16, 2009 - 17 answers

Got a big room. Need ideas.

What would you do with a 47'x47' room to bring in revenue? [more inside]
posted by skypieces on May 9, 2009 - 19 answers

Should we buy to rent?

My SO and I are considering taking advantage of the current housing market and purchasing a second house to lease. What specifics should we contemplate at this early stage? [more inside]
posted by purpletangerine on Apr 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Submitting 30-Day-Notice on Apartment

I am trying to end my tenancy in a month-to-month lease in Los Angeles, but the landlord says that submitting a 30-day-notice won't absolve me of any future responsibility if my roommate stays in the apartment. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2008 - 12 answers

Am I stuck with the cat voice for another year?!

AnnoyingAptRentalFilter: I've been in the apartment a year longer than my current roommates. We're all on the lease. We get along, but I can't see doing another whole year in this setup... [more inside]
posted by iliketolaughalot on Nov 16, 2008 - 18 answers

How do I evict for unpaid rent?

EvictionFilter: How do I evict a tenant for unpaid rent in Tennessee? [more inside]
posted by lost_cause on Jun 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Should I rent an apartment with electric baseboard heat?

Should I rent an apartment with electric baseboard heat? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Jun 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Advise a SF renter?

Advise a San Francisco renter? I've about 6 weeks left on my current lease, and just had a new roommate move in. Rather than tack him on to the remaining time, my landlord would like to scrap the previous lease and have us sign on for a year. I've a feeling my roommate would prefer that as well. I, however, don't wish to be committed that long. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Apr 1, 2008 - 9 answers

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