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Moving to Philadelphia - Trying to find a rental and/or a rental agent.

Hey Philadelphia! I'm moving to your city! We're looking to sign a lease for September 1st. HELP! [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat on Jul 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Controversial Subject

(Ontario, Canada) Other people in my building have cats. I adopted a cat yesterday. I found out today my landlord only wants declawed cats in this building. This cat has claws. Does he have a leg to stand on? Could I get evicted over this? Should I just take the cat back? [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jul 4, 2013 - 23 answers

What are the best cities to launch a freelance career (cost of living)?

I currently live in NYC - uber-expensive. I'm planning to quit my job very soon (maybe Monday) and go fulltime with my own consulting business. Its technology related and I've had 2 clients thus far and I have evidence I can charge a sizable hourly rate and there's a market for it, but I haven't had time to really market it and the biggest problem is I am not available to make sales calls during the day. I've had inquires from Fortune 100 companies where I come off totally unprofessional unable to even schedule a call during business hours so I think its time to free up my schedule. [more inside]
posted by daveindc on Jun 28, 2013 - 39 answers

What should I do to protect my neck during this roommate situation?

I moved to a new city and I'm currently living by myself in a decent sized but single bedroom apartment. I recently met a friend who's looking for a place to stay with his girlfriend for one month so they can save a little money to get on their feet again. Raising all sorts of red flags already? That's why I love you guys. Besides "Just say no", what can we both do to protect our interests? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Jun 25, 2013 - 30 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

What are the best of the poor substitutes for a security deposit?

What recourse do I have regarding a tenant refusing to pay the last month's rent and possibly damaging the apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2013 - 16 answers

How can my family bar my bipolar father from access to credit?

My bipolar father will go on crazy consumer debt fueled sprees of spending / gambling. What can we do on a severely limited budget to ensure he doesn't end up homeless or otherwise in major trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

RENT

What kind of rights does the owner of a home have when they agree to rent out their home through a rental management company? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on May 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Loans for NYC Moving Expenses

I'm planning to move from one NYC neighborhood to another at the end of the summer. Though I'm 99% sure I'll be able to cover all potential expenses (movers, security deposit, first/last month's rent, broker's fee), I was wondering if there's a reputable company that advances small loans to help cover these costs. [more inside]
posted by incomple on May 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Renting a projector

What types of establishments rent or loan projectors that can display computer output? And how much should it cost? [more inside]
posted by sitecoach on May 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Landlords!

Crap. My landlord just told me she's considering selling my house. Now what? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 6, 2013 - 25 answers

Working as a massage therapist in Vermont

Hi! I´m planning to move from Uruguay to the US around the end of the year. This will probably be the preface of many questions to come (as these two countries couldn´t be any more different). I still have to decide exactly where in the US to live, so please help me decide. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Apr 27, 2013 - 16 answers

How to rent an apartment in Brooklyn.

My lovely daughter and her friend are graduating from college in May and looking for an apartment in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Apr 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Rent vs. Buy: Retiree edition!

Single retiree is selling a big paid-off house and asked me and huzzeh for help deciding whether or not it makes sense to rent an apartment or buy a condo. What questions should we consider to help make this decision? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Apr 18, 2013 - 17 answers

Find Ourselves a City to Live In

We're a family of two writers and a preschooler, looking for resources & advice on picking a place in the US to move to. [more inside]
posted by muckster on Apr 3, 2013 - 28 answers

Negotiating rent increase (Manhattan)

I feel the proposed rent increase is unfair - how can I stay at my current rent? [more inside]
posted by whitelily on Mar 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Where is the safety net for a low-income 53-year-old?

Low-income housing exists, obviously, for, e.g., a mother of four children with any kind of job. But I'm a man, 53, no kids, unmarried, and work independent contractor jobs. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Mar 22, 2013 - 10 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

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 us deal with this troublesome renter!

In British Columbia - my mother has a tenant that regularly withholds rent for non-essential repairs (shower heads, faucets) and then charges us exuberant amounts of money for service. My mother asked me to speak with her and I did. The tenant wants to take us to court now and I want to be prepared. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2013 - 12 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

Subletting dispute: what are my options?

I recently subleased a place in NYC for three months. I put down a $2000 deposit and paid $3200 for the first month. I’ve been there for two weeks. The lease specified that I’d pay for each remaining month on the first of the month. I've been told "you’ve lost your fucking money, get out". What next? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing on Feb 24, 2013 - 28 answers

Is reduction of rent warranted in this situation? If yes, how to proceed

I'm asking this for a senior citizen friend. Does he have a right to ask for a reduction in rent for a situation wherein he warned management of criminal activity......but was ignored? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Should my sister's boyfriend be paying rent to my parents?

My parents are now asking my sister's new live-in boyfriend to pay rent while he lives in her house, which they co-own and are paying the mortgage on. Is this right? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Feb 18, 2013 - 53 answers

I'm good for it, I promise!

Should I attempt to buy a home with my poor credit (if it's even possible) or work on rehabing my abysmal credit? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 16, 2013 - 12 answers

how to find a user for that place ?

My mother still owns that building in a village, south of France. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Experience using services that report rental history to credit bureaus?

Rebuilding credit a few years post-divorce and home ownership, does anyone have experience with services like rentreporters.com that will report rental payment history to credit services? [more inside]
posted by cgk on Feb 10, 2013 - 1 answer

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

Best way for our 8-person co-op household to manage our money?

I live in a cooperative household in California - 8 people total - and we have a house bank account that we use to pay for communal food, toilet paper, etc. as well as rent. We all deposit $ in the account, and our house treasurer writes one big check for rent that our landlord cashes. Now the local credit union wants us to pay taxes on the money going in and out of that account, which we've never encountered in the ~5-10 years the house has been running things this way. What to do? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 answers

How do you find a sane and compatible housemate from Craigslist?

I've been offered first dibs on renting a super nice house. Unfortunately I need to find at least 1 and ideally 2 people to rent it with me. Just asking around my network if they know anyone hasn't worked out. I'm pretty sure Craigslist is the next best option...what should put in my post, and ask potential people in person, to weed out the crazies? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Jan 27, 2013 - 21 answers

No credit check for an apartment on the North Side of Chicago?

Poor credit and varying work hours, but mom needs a new apartment in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jan 18, 2013 - 6 answers

I don't even know what a broker fee is...

My husband got a new job in NYC! I know nothing about the city, and will have only 1 day to look at apartments. Where should we focus our search? [more inside]
posted by kryppuk on Jan 8, 2013 - 47 answers

Can my landlord charge me for a diagnosis?

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.
posted by RaDeuX on Jan 7, 2013 - 16 answers

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff?

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Deposit, gas bills

How do I go about tying up the financial loose ends of my last apartment? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Dec 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Someone already used "Shipping up to Boston" but I can't think of anything else because I have all these questions.

Moving to Boston from the South. Single parent. So many questions. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Nov 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Not quite ready for the land of artisanal snausages

Am I making a mistake in my choice of NYC neighborhood? Details within for your much-appreciated sanity check and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Nov 20, 2012 - 26 answers

Winter Tiiiiiiiiiiiiime / And the livin is eeeeeeeasy

Help me find my hibernation spot! NYCer in search of a winter (roughly Dec/Jan -> March/April) apartment somewhere in the Deep South in a city that A) has much warmer weather; B) offers drastically cheaper rent; and C) is a small town (basically, anywhere that isn't a big city). And, once I have a few city/region options, what's the best methodology for finding a place to rent if there aren't active Craigslist listings for the city/region? Details: [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Nov 16, 2012 - 25 answers

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

Why can't we pay rent by EFT

Landlords of AskMe: Why won't most landlords accept rent by way of electronic transfer? [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise on Oct 10, 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

can people really live in storage lockers? because that's the only application i'll get accepted.

How can I find a place to rent when I'll almost definitely fail a rental application and I'm a terrible risk? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Sep 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Cheap rent ANYWHERE on the East Coast

It's a bit of a wide net I'm casting here, but where's the biggest and/or nicest apartment I can rent for under $500 in fairly cool cities in the Eastern half of the USA? Say, anywhere east of (and including) Minnesota to Louisiana. I love NOLA, and I've liked everyone I've ever met from Minnesota... [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Sep 20, 2012 - 22 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

Cheaper apartment in Denver suburbs Parker, Centennial, or Englewood?

Have two days next week to find apartment/partial house on small budget in Parker, Centennial, Englewood area of Colorado (outside Denver). 2 adults, $800-850 (before utilities); 1 or 2 bedroom, washer/dryer preferred, quiet and safe....hopefully space for a mini terrier. I am looking at tons of stuff online but trust MeFites input and steeling for the fact that I am probably not going to find much. I am open for a partial house but not sure if Craigslist is safe or trustworthy to look. Any input is appreciated....truly. Excuse any naiviete on my part.
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you be middle class and live in Manhattan?

Can you be middle-class and live in Manhattan? What is that like? [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Sep 5, 2012 - 33 answers

Renter's Insurance in California?

Renter's Insurance in California? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Aug 15, 2012 - 6 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

a roof over my head and savings in my pocket

Give me all of your best tips and strategies for living rent-free, especially if that involves house sitting for strangers. [more inside]
posted by pinetree on Jul 31, 2012 - 20 answers

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