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]
We're close to finding a house to buy, but our current landlord wants us to sign another six month lease. We're in MA--is there anything we can do? [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]
Where's a good, reputable, online place to rent professional/prosumer video and audio equipment? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm moving to Orem, Utah in a few weeks. What are some of the "nicer" neighborhoods? [more inside]
Can you recommend safe, affordable areas to live in around Fordham University? [more inside]
I just moved into an apartment (rented) and am having issues with unexpected noise problems. I'm sensitive to sound and didn't realize this would be such a big problem until I've moved in. I would like to ask for advice how to handle this problem. [more inside]
Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks [more inside]
Looking for help on becoming a good, legal, and happy subletter in Seattle. I recently bought my own home and am considering renting out the front-side bedroom. I'd like help knowing the right legal/tax steps to take, a good idea of price range, as well as precautions and things to avoid (extreme verbosity inside). [more inside]
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]
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?
Where to rent a 1br on New York, reasonably close (walk or subway) to Chelsea, for less than $2000? [more inside]
Is it within bounds to ask a landlord to waive a month's rent if we've been without AC for weeks due to poor decisions he's made? (extensive details inside) [more inside]
Vancouver BC Rental Agreement: Heat and Hot Water included. Or is it? [more inside]
Sticky Renting Situation Filter: I just moved into a house that my girlfriend and two other friends have been renting from my girlfriends mother for about 2 years now. Now my girlfriends uncles want to increase the rent (oral lease) pretty heavily and planned to do so before they even knew I was moving in. Do I use the law to protect our rights as tenants, or because it's my girlfriend's family do we just pick up and leave instead of fighting it? [more inside]
Our rental just suffered a serious roof leak. What should we know and do concerning the needed repairs? [more inside]
Is it possible? Pressure to settle down from ... high rents? [more inside]
Does anyone know if there is a recording of the original opening night of the "RENT" Musical; from the night after Jonathan Larson passed away, and if so, where I might find it? [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]
Can I withhold rent until my landlord installs a door on my second bedroom? [more inside]
Is this real estate deal too good to be true? [more inside]
Should I attempt to ask my boss to give me a raise? [more inside]
Is there a standard rent rate for cohabitation when one partner already owns the destination home? [more inside]
Can I expect my difficult-to-work-with landlord to use my security deposit as my last month's rent? [more inside]
Tips on renting out a condo in Chicago? More details inside. [more inside]
For the past 6 years, I have lived in an expensive NYC apartment (that I love), sharing the rent with my boyfriend -- but I can't carry alone since my relationship has ended. I was rocked by the breakup, didn't immediately move and managed to miss 4 months of rent as I struggled to figure out what to do. I have now found a new, affordable place and am feeling stronger. My current landlord is ok with releasing me from the lease, holds a month security, but the 4 open months add up to a lot -- more than I can pay AND move. I have emailed with my current landlord and said as much, asking what we can work out but I'm losing a lot of sleep/am a wreck over this as I wait to hear back. The landlord is decent and typically ok working with me on things -- but it's a lot of money. What scenarios might play out here? By the way, I don't have the option of tapping savings, borrowing money or going to the ex for help.
The management company at our apartment building just discovered that they had not been charging us for parking 10 months into our lease. We had been paying the rent amount and the parking amount for the first two months, but kept getting overpayment notices telling us to reduce our monthly payment, so I thought our number was in error. Now they want all 10 months paid back though they admit the error was on their end. Are we liable for the back fees even though we were told by them to lower our monthly payment? This is in Washington, DC.
How do I rent a house (in Madison, WI)? [more inside]
I recently applied for an apartment that I saw through a realtor. Then I met with the landlord and they wanted to negotiate the price up. Is this reasonable or not? [more inside]
Can I take advantage of the "cooling off" period to cancel a lease agreement and get my deposit back? [more inside]
Our house in the Chicago suburbs has been on the market for a year, and isn't selling. Should we drop the price till it hurts even more, or try to rent it out and hope the housing market doesn't fall even more? [more inside]
NYCFilter: Filled out rental application. Now don't want to continue process. Problem? [more inside]
Summer housing in San Francisco: is it totally crazy to fly down and start looking only two weeks before my job starts? [more inside]
Who should pay what among a group of renters, subletters, and others for a summer? [more inside]
I put a down payment on an apartment but the landlord delayed until I backed out. Now he's delaying repayment of the down payment. What should I do? YANML. [more inside]
After some soul-searching, I've decided I need to break up with my live-in boyfriend. Our lease is up in August, and I'm worried about how to deal with living together when we're no longer "together" while we're looking for new apartments. I'm sure many of you have gone through this, so any anecdotes or advice would be helpful. [more inside]
OK, big broadbrush question. I'm 60, retired, with an annual income of $50,000. It's time for me to move. But, where? I'm looking for a place where I can rent for no more than $1000 per month, don't need a car, and that's not bereft of reasons to be there. Climate matters. I.e., sun is good, ice is bad. Is this possible in the U.S.?
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]
Should mid-sixties semi-retirees buy a condo or rent a house? [more inside]
I am thinking about buying a specific apartment (condo) in Brooklyn, NY. For this question, let's assume that this apartment is a smart investment / better than renting, financially. While I don't have plans to leave New York in the immediate future, I'm not 100% committed to staying here, either. So my question is about contingencies: if I got this apartment, then in a few years needed to move to a different city, how much pain would I be bringing upon myself to keep the apartment and rent it out? [more inside]
My apartment manager has been coming into my unit to show it unannounced several times now, after I've submitted my 30 day move-out notice. I have less than a week left at the building - besides it being an inconvenience (and just seriously annoying on a personal level), is there any point to complaining at this time? [more inside]
I Can't Decide: I have 24 hours to decide whether to sell my a very small house in a very small town or to rent it out. I am 1200 miles away but had planned to return and have some fun with my friends then rent it out and come back down here. However, a realtor called and said there are people who would buy it with cash and no inspections (it would never pass conventional inspection) at nice profit. [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]
London, UK living arrangements. Help me sort out the options and get settled! [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 am looking to find out overall statistics for property rentals in NY for 2009-2010. I am trying to write a letter to prevent a rent hike and I want to fill it with some statistics to help better illustrate my point. Thanks in advance.
How best to evaluate what a commercial rent should be--and renegotiate with the landlord? Toronto, if that matters. [more inside]
I have a friend who just started renting in the area (Detroit, Michigan suburbs). He says his landlord claims that he will increase his credit rating if the rent is paid on time. Is this BS? Or can the landlord have a positive effect on the credit rating? [Obvious: YANAL, YANML, You Are Not Anyone's Lawyer]