How do I make a ridiculously high rent increase to catch up with the market fairly and without feeling bad about it? [more inside]
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]
The apartment is otherwise perfect in mostly every way. Is this kind of thing a reason not to take it? [more inside]
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]
New tenants want to move in 3 days early and don't want to pay for the extra days. [more inside]
What recourse do I have regarding a tenant refusing to pay the last month's rent and possibly damaging the apartment? [more inside]
Long story short, my dryer was not working no matter what setting I put it in, so I had my property manager send a tech over to look at it. Apparently, it worked just fine when he came over to take a look. My property manager is charging me $50 for the tech on that day. Are they allowed to do this? I don't think it's written anywhere on my contract that they can charge me over a diagnosis. I will take this to small claims court if needs be.
Married, and have some savings. Does it make sense buying a condo just for giving it out as rental? Caveat - I may have to sell it off in about 3-4 years though so I'm wondering whether it'll all be worth it. [more inside]
Roommate is moving to Spain in 4 days. Has not found replacement. Please help. [more inside]
Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year.
Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year. Its a nuisance and very disruptive. What are the rules around this? I am obviously the tenant and the landlord is trying to sell the apartment. Do I have a choice?
Los Angeles slumlordfilter: management company cashed our check for the usual rent amount last week (verified w bank), management company left us a "pay rent or quit" notice yesterday claiming we were short on rent and must pay within 3 days, calls to management company have led the voice mail box of the bookkeeper who has yet to pick up the phone or call us back. We're on day 2 and it's a Friday. Given they actually received rent in full, how worried should we be that they'll f us over even though this is entirely their own error? [more inside]
What do you think is the fairest way to handle rental applications? First come, first serve, or best application wins? [more inside]
About to become a landlord in NJ, would like some advice from the HiveMind. [more inside]
I'm renting an apartment in Denver, CO, and the property manager is asking I pay a deposit in the form of a money order mailed to his address or delivered to the onsite manager to hold the apartment. I've checked the property out with the onsite manager, and it looks great. Worryingly, the application says that if offered the apartment and I refuse to sign the lease, the deposit will be kept. Is this normal, and is there anything else I should be worried about? [more inside]
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]
Can my landlord require that I mail rent checks to a USPS Post Office Box instead of delivering them in person or sending them Certified Mail with Signature Confirmation? [more inside]
I will have to be out of town for a few months. How can I persuade my landlord to keep my room at very small or no charge for four months until I come back? [more inside]
Landlord Fiasco Filter: landlord dug up entire yard to replace pipe, then disappeared for two months, leaving the entire yard a giant pile of dirt which has now turned to mud. And it's getting worse. He is unreachable. What to do? So much special snowflake after the jump. [more inside]
Does my friend have any possible legal recourse after being burned by a Craigslist subletter, given that no written agreement of any kind was made? Is there a service in Baltimore that would help a low-income person in this situation? [more inside]
I make more than enough money to pay the rent, but have no recent rental history. How can I convince apartment complexes I don't need a co-signer? [more inside]
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]
Our condo in California is being sold at a short sale. We lived in the house for two years, our landlord loves us, but he has another house and it sounds like he's "underwater" on both houses. We've offered to buy the place, but everything I've read here and elsewhere on the interwebs make short sales sound like a tremendous nightmare. We really don't want to move. What are our rights, what should our strategy be? We've never owned a house before - help! [more inside]
Question: I'm from the UK temporarily working and living in a university city in Ontario, Canada for the 2009/2010 academic year. Due to the fact that I work from home a lot and have to transfer large files (via Skype/DropBox/FTP) from Canada to my labmates overseas, my landlady's internet usage has gone up since I've become a tenant. I think she's using Rogers Express or Extreme Plan. If I'm understanding things correctly, according to the Ontario Landlord/Tenant Act, Canadian landlords can't increase a rent until 12 months after a tenancy has started. What do I do? [more inside]
Can I somehow piggy back on my roommates rights to break the lease as of the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)?
One of my roommates is in the military, he just got noticed that he is going to be redeployed in May/June. Our other roommate recently moved out and we are subletting her room for her. The lease doesn't technically end until October 2010, but I would prefer to go earlier. Can I somehow piggy back on my roommates rights to break the lease as of the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)? [more inside]
I'm a landlord for a owner-occupied 4-unit bldg. I know I can't discriminate, with respect to tenant selection, regarding "family status", but am I free to prefer a single-occupancy renter to a family? My motivation is mostly remunerative -- included in rent are: water, hot water, and heat, and so a single renter is cheaper for me than a family of three with respect to those utilities. Is my preference for 1 vs. 3 rentors actionable discrimination? (Call me a miser if you like, but I'm under rent control, and I need to watch my costs, since it is near impossible to pass inflationary costs on to tenants.)
Help! My landlord is trying to scam me! [more inside]
I've heard that one can sever certain contracts they sign in Ontario if it's within the first 10 days of signing. If this is true, does it also apply to a lease on a house?
Messy housing situation, tenant is manipulating landlord's poor English skills and profiting. [more inside]
How do I get out of the Brooklyn sublet I just moved into without pissing off my other tenants? [more inside]
EvictionFilter: How do I evict a tenant for unpaid rent in Tennessee? [more inside]
Can a Chicago landlord transfer storm liability for the structure to the tenant? Can I get out of it? [more inside]
Complicated, messy NYC roommate/landlord question: 4 roommates share a 3 bedroom converted into 4 (with permission). One roommate signed a lease for a new building without getting permission from current building to transfer name on lease to new roommate. Said old roommate now refuses to pay six months of rent (remainder of lease). Much, much more inside. [more inside]
MA filter: Must I have fuse box access if I rent an apartment? [more inside]
How to handle a landlord forging evidence in small claims court (VT)? [more inside]
Have you ever had someone else sublease (sublet) your rental apartment, long-term? (Long enough that the person was paying you month-to-month, rather than paying you all in advance?) If so, how did you find a reliable person? Or what happened when you found a bad person?? [more inside]
My landlord won't give me my deposit back. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
I'm in the fortunate/unfortunate positon of having to rent out my one-bed flat in Shepherds Bush, London. So I've got a few questions to ask: [more inside]
My apartment was entered without the knowledge or consent of me, or my landlord. Is this trespassing? [more inside]
What to do about a landlord who is making it very difficult to pay rent? [more inside]
NoWaterFilter: My landlord had to shut down the water on Saturday and only gave me a couple of hours warning. It's Monday and it's still not on. I'm in Ontario and I'm wondering what my rights are in this situation. [more inside]
Multi-unit property, single utility meter. Unit size/occupancy varies widely, and so does the monthly bill. What's a fair (to both parties) way to bill tenants for utilities since their actual usage cannot be determined?
TenantFilter: So I gave permission for the building manager to let a contractor into my apartment to do some fix up work. Not only does she not let him in personally, which is what I thought I okayed, but she leaves the key to another tenant to pass on to the contractor when he shows up. Am I overreacting in thinking that was way out of line? How do I go about responding to something like this? [more inside]