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Help me break my lease without being financially punished

I have lived in an absolute shit apartment in Ohio for almost 3 years and it's time to get out. This will require me to break my lease. How much notice (absolute minimum) am I required to give a landlord before moving out? How do I avoid being financially punished for the lease-breaking (as in, not paying for the remaining months on my lease and I also want my damn security deposit back). Lots of details inside for those interested. [more inside]
posted by six-or-six-thirty on Jan 25, 2012 - 27 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

Can I break my lease after fire from landlord negligence (more inside)?

Landlord negligence caused a fire in the apartment below me, causing significant damage in my apartment; had to temporarily relocate. Looking to explore my legal options/rights/advice. [more inside]
posted by kelechv on Nov 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Can my apartment complex restrict my acces to cable Internet?

Can my apartment keep me from receiving cable Internet from a 3rd party, if I don't order the apartment's basic cable plan? They shut off my Internet today, can they do this? Here's the deal - I moved in 2.5 months ago. the complex offers their own cable package through Time-Warner, for $45 dollars a month. I signed the paperwork to turn it down, but told them I planned on getting cable Internet. They never said I couldn't, or that it wasn't an option (there is only one cable company in the area, and DSL is available as an alternative). So the cable guy comes, hooks everything up, I have the Internet only for $29.95 a month, through Time-Warner, which i've been paying, to them. Sounds peachy, right? Not do much... [more inside]
posted by camdan on Oct 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Deliberately or otherwise, this person is lying about us

What do you do with a passive-aggressive, anonymous busybody neighbor? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 20, 2011 - 40 answers

Can we find an NYC apartment?

We need to find a new NYC apartment. My husband's working and has good credit, but I'm unemployed and have terrible credit. We also have a cat. How screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Help a first time landlord!

I own a rowhome and will be renting it out for the first time ever. I need advice so I am neither a slumlord nor a pushover setting herself up for lawsuits or squatters. I have not been a renter in about a decade so I'm a little stale on the whole process, plus I've never been a landlord before. More inside! [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 on Oct 19, 2011 - 18 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

Nghtmare on Elm Street

Landlord changed move in date [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Yeah, I'm probably just bring greedy...but I'm curious.

Selling my car to a private party before lease term expires, how to maximize potential profit and deal with sales tax issues? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Sep 28, 2011 - 2 answers

How big of guns do I need to bring to this battle?

Roaches, how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 - 22 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

She Needs to Go.

I am in Pittsburgh, PA. My roommate went crazy last night after drinking a lot of wine. I want her out stat. What are my options? Urgent, please. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Sep 10, 2011 - 54 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

Signed a lease and now the place stinks of dog urine

Renter's nightmare: Just signed a one year lease for a fairly expensive condominium. Deposit and partial first month are paid, not moved in. When we went to do a pre-move cleanup this weekend, the place stank of dog urine. What now? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Let's Make a Deal

How can I get the best deal on a car? Based on my previous question, I haven't decided if I am going to buy or lease. For either path, what techniques and tactics should I employ to get the best deal. Where can I find reliable information on prices? Do I play dealers off of one another? This question is not about buying vs. leasing. Let's just assume I am going to buy one car and lease another. How do I get the best deal on both?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Should we lease land for a solar farm?

Should we lease our land to a solar energy company? We were approached by a solar energy company that wants to lease 5 acres of our family (3 generations) land in Ontario, Canada for solar collectors. We are having some lawyers and other folks make recommendations and look over contracts, etc. What sort of things might we be missing? Will our neighbors hate us? In 10 years, what will make us say, "didn't see that coming?"
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes on Aug 14, 2011 - 16 answers

Rolling in My Hooptie

Help me decide how to finance my vehicle purchases. I need to get two cars for my family. Could be new, could be used. I want both of these cars to have very high safety ratings. Everything else doesn't really matter. I could pay cash for two new cars, but that just seems stupid to do on a depreciating asset. Is the best course of action to find two used, yet reasonably new cars and pay cash? What if we like having new cars? Should we just lease two new vehicles? I have read that the best course of action is to buy a used car and drive it into the ground. That's great, but what if I leave the country again in 5 years. And do I really want to be driving around in a Hooptie in ten years. How do I approach the whole buy new / used, lease issue.
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Advice on rent increase

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

We're going to fill in the hole, but let's make it a little bigger first.

Leasefilter: Why does my dealer seem to be changing figures in my auto lease contract to make an error have a greater impact, and then compensating for the larger mistake, instead of just fixing the original error? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Aug 3, 2011 - 12 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

How do I get an apartment without a local job or local cosigner?

I'm trying to move to a different state. How do I get an apartment without a local job or local cosigner? [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 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

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

Newbie questions to apartment hunting in NYC!

Newbie questions to apartment hunting in NYC! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jul 4, 2011 - 13 answers

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

Theatrical hardware buyout as what multiple of monthly rate?

Theatrical gear buyout as a multiple of monthly lease rate? [more inside]
posted by lothar on Jun 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Don't let that used car dealer stick it to us.

Help me be aggressively prepared to deal with the end of our car lease in November. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jun 19, 2011 - 1 answer

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

SOL in the ATL?

AtlantaFilter: Moving to a new city. Looking for an apartment. Haven't quite done this before! Need help. [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Swap a Car Lease?

Taking over a car lease- My fiance and I are wanting to take over a car lease. We have searched under leasetrader.com and swapalease.com, but there aren't many options in our area. Are there other websites you know of? Thank you!
posted by Equiprimordial on Apr 22, 2011 - 1 answer

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

Dealing with damage to a leased vehicle

How to deal with minor cosmetic damage to a leased vehicle? [more inside]
posted by Ryvar on Apr 2, 2011 - 4 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

Is an email binding?

Can someone renew their lease via email? In California. [more inside]
posted by garuda on Mar 23, 2011 - 9 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

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

Help me break my lease..

I'd like to get out of my lease and it's a bit complicated. Explanation inside.. [more inside]
posted by duddes02 on Mar 8, 2011 - 15 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

Short-term vroom

I've had my driver's license for less than a year, and I want to have a car for a couple months so I can practice driving every day and get really comfortable- I think it'll make me a much safer driver in the long run. What's the best way to get a car for just a couple of months? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Can we make our landlord repaint our steps?

Whoa whoa whoa! Can we make our landlord repaint our concrete porch and front steps? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jan 28, 2011 - 21 answers

What can I do about my roommate?

I'm not on the lease, my roommate is. He's kicking me out. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Jan 18, 2011 - 39 answers

How do I get rid of these tenants quietly?

Texas Landlord Filter: How do I inform generally troublesome tenants that their lease will not be renewed without risking retaliation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2011 - 22 answers

What to do about a leaky apartment?

Can we get any sort of help moving if our apartment essentially kicks us out to make repairs? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Jan 14, 2011 - 12 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

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

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