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New rental has phantom odors

We just moved into a new rental - it's early 1900s with polished hardwood floors. When we moved in there was a bit of a musty odor, but we assumed that this was just "empty house smell". The odor has largely dissipated, except for the bedroom and the adjacent hallway where the smell is getting stronger and now smells a little bit like animal pee (though it could be just general mustiness too). But we cannot locate the exact source of the smell. How do we find the location of the smell and eradicate it!? More details after the fold... [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Jul 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Boston Logan Rental Car Taxes!!

We go see my mom in Welfleet, Cape Cod once a year and usually spend the night in Boston after the flight, in which case we pick up a rental in Cambridge where it is hundreds of dollars cheaper a week due to airport taxes (or so I am told by the rental car agencies) [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jul 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Why are there no apartment yentas, for tight rental housing markets?

If I were looking for an apartment right now I would love to delegate the search and matchmaking to someone who made such searches, and presentation of credit data, references etc, their occupation, and I'm sure that many busy people would also want to use this service. Why aren't there people who do this?
posted by Baeria on Jul 9, 2014 - 23 answers

Tips for Apartment Searching in SF

Any advice on getting a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Jul 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Is this actually a lease?

We signed a lease for a place and it's been a debacle and we haven't moved in yet. Is our lease legally binding if it wasn't countersigned and the owner hadn't closed on the place when we signed it? [more inside]
posted by Nimmie Amee on Jun 26, 2014 - 8 answers

There's a hole in my siding, Dear Liza, Dear Liza

I drove by my rental property today and it appears that my idiot tenant has backed into the front of the house within the last few weeks. The damage looks like this, with the damaged area measuring about a foot tall at its longest point. Is this an appropriate DIY project for someone with only basic levels of handiness, and if not, what professional do I call? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jun 17, 2014 - 8 answers

How to de-stink our rental deck?

Because of Reasons, Mr. Blues and I rented an apartment sight-unseen. We moved in last week. It is generally quite nice, but the balcony/deck absolutely reeks of urine. Evidently a previous tenant seriously neglected her dogs (and potentially cats? it smells like cat pee to me) and they used the balcony as a bathroom. It absolutely reeks. How can we and or the management company fix this? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jun 17, 2014 - 18 answers

accommodation in Oregon

We will be visiting Oregon and will be staying for 1 week in Eugene (18-24th July). We're looking for short term accommodation, preferably rent a house. Can you recommend any places or sites where these things are listed? [more inside]
posted by dhruva on Jun 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Should I tell a prospective landlord that I'm pregnant?

I'm pregnant, so my husband and I are looking for a larger place to live. We found a great house, where the landlord lives in a separate basement MIL unit in the house. Should I conceal that I'm pregnant (doable depending on what I wear) in case concerns about screaming babies might convince him not to rent to us? Or should I tell him up-front, since living in the same house as a landlord who doesn't want you there could be uncomfortable and stressful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2014 - 27 answers

Why can't I rent out high-value goods to people in the UK?

So this may sound dumb, and obvious.... I'm just thrashing out a question that I've been discussing with a couple of friends recently. Let's say I legally purchase a batch of high-value, trendy goods. It doesn't really matter what they are -- let's say the latest iPhone, for the sake of argument. Can I set up a store (online or in the high-street) renting them out to anyone who wants to agree to a contract with me? So let's pretend an iPhone 6 will retail at £500. If I purchase a batch of 100 at £400 each, and rent them out at £25/month for a 2 year contract, I make a good profit. Assume the iPhones are genuine, and that purchasers/renters are happy to arrange their own SIM cards, telecomms contracts, etc. These are working items. What are the reasons I couldn't do this? Is there any legal reason, or trading standards reason, that would prevent me from setting up a business doing this? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jun 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Cabin In The Woods

I want to rent a small cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a couple of nights (June 27-29). I'm having trouble finding the things I want. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jun 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Apartment electrical fire. Can tennant expect compensation from landlord

My friend's apartment burnt along with most of his stuff. (He is 41.) Should he talk to a lawyer about getting a settlement from the landlord? More info below. [more inside]
posted by uncoolcentral on May 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Visual doorbell in a rental home

What is the easiest, cheapest, least intrusive way to have a light go on in my basement when someone pushes a button at my front door? [more inside]
posted by ltisz on May 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me find this song, The Pulse edition

I was driving a rented van home about an hour ago and put on satellite radio, station 15, the pulse. A song came on, something like: Break, break, let the world fall off your shoulders. At first it sounded like lifehouse but then, near the end, a bit like dauhtry. It is not The Fray, Break Your Plans, but the melody in the word Break is similar.
posted by myselfasme on May 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Hello, we'd like to outsource our home office.

My boyfriend and I would like to rent a nearby office space to use as....well, office space. However, neither of us have enough freelance income to justify the cost on the application papers. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on May 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Grad student, thinking of becoming Rental Agent for LL, or Buyer

Greetings! My LLs are about 85 and seem to be over being LLs. There are 11 units in my building, 3 of which were rented for the year, we had a 4th tenant but she moved out the 4th month. I secured all of these tenants. My LLs obviously could have made a lot more money if they rented all the units. I can easily get tenants and have no problem doing so, the only obstacle is the LLs, they do not get back to emails and lose many of the renters I get (I show them the unit and it takes the LL 2 weeks to email back). [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on May 17, 2014 - 12 answers

What should I do about this unauthorized entry in my apartment building?

An unknown person let themselves into my neighbors apartment, stole her pot, and then left, and my landlord isn't doing anything about it. I'm wondering what I should do now, if anything. Details at length inside. [more inside]
posted by apricot on May 13, 2014 - 16 answers

classic cars in the West Midlands for hire?

The older boy wants a classic car for prom in Staffordshire near Wolverhampton. I found Kitt for £250 for five hours, but it didn't have back seats. The only car available from one classic car website I found is a 1979 Austin Allegro for £300 for the day. Hugely wrong on so many levels. How can I find a classic car in the West Midlands for a middle of the week prom in June?
posted by parmanparman on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Men-t the Runway

Is there an equivalent to Rent the Runway for men? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on May 13, 2014 - 2 answers

I'm moving to Bonn! Where should I live?

I will be moving to Bonn, Germany this coming August, for a year long research position. Where should I live? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on May 12, 2014 - 3 answers

help me relocate, short-term

I have just learned that I may need to be out of my apartment by the end of the month. I am thinking of a furnished rental for a few months until I've figured out where I want to live next. I have been in this place over 20 years and my head is spinning. I will need to put things in storage, and I have a cat. I am also a smoker. My costs will all be covered for the rental and storage and the moves (both to the rental and the final place I choose). I am in the NYC area. I have about three weeks to figure this out. Help! Advice?
posted by sdn on May 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Inexpensive short term furniture rental?

Is there even such a thing? Student intern in northern VA needs bed and sofabed for only 3 months and furniture rentals are really expensive. She doesn't need to buy furniture because we cannot hall it across 4 states and we have no where to store it at our house. Any suggestions?
posted by sandra194 on Apr 28, 2014 - 13 answers

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

Looking for a decently priced New Jersey weekend beach house!

8-10 people want to rent a beach house in New Jersey for a weekend (ideally Asbury Park), hopefully for $50/person per night. Everything we've seen wants a week-long commitment. Is our New Jersey beach weekend feasible? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Apr 16, 2014 - 7 answers

No time to breathe, let alone check Blue Book value

According to my trusted mechanic, the transmission on my aged buggy is shot (I haven't had 3rd gear for a while, and now the car has begun to have trouble getting into 2nd and 4th) and the car is not worth the cost of fixing it. Fair enough--except that I literally don't have time to buy another (used) one right now. Things will calm down slightly in the second week of May, but not until then. And while I'm aware of other options (the bus, taxi/car services), I don't have the time and money to rely exclusively on those until my schedule eases up. Nor can I afford to rent a car until then. So I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a short-term option that I might be overlooking, up to and including a Magic Car Fairy. Alternatively, if anyone has experience driving a car with this kind of issue and can tell me how safe (or un-) it is, I'd appreciate that input.
posted by chicainthecity on Apr 15, 2014 - 16 answers

How to explain rental history?

I am looking to rent a house, but my rental history is a bit spotty: I moved every six months for the last 1.5 years due to life circumstances, and one of my past landlords will probably not give me a good reference through no fault of my own. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 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

Applied for a new apartment- they claim I'm a criminal

They say their background check turned up something awful. I have never been arrested. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Where to find a summer sublet in sunny Montreal?

I'm thinking of visiting Montreal for a couple months this summer as a "test run" of sorts before possibly relocating there permanently next year. How realistic is the prospect of finding a sublet in Montreal for June-July, and where would one look for such a thing online? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno on Mar 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Resources for finding rentals in SE PA

Hi there! My fiance, stepdaughter and cat are finally ready to tangibly start looking for places to live on our own! Yay! I'm looking for websites/resources I can go to besides craigslist, the newspaper, and the regular websites that pop up on the first page when you google about renting. Does anyone know of any other places to find rental listings? Thanks in advance!
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Mar 11, 2014 - 5 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

Is there any reputable car rental to be found in Cancun?

I'm flying into Cancun in the next few days, and since I'll be travelling south from there, I'm interested in a rental car. Please help me not get ripped off. [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Feb 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Murder in the Building. Roommate Needed.

How do I find a roommate for my recently stigmatized apartment? My Boyfriend and I moved into an apartment with the knowledge that we would eventually rent out the second bedroom. It's in a converted house, with a shared stairwell. We live on the third floor, the landlady and her family live on the second floor, and the tenant on the first floor was recently murdered by his roommates. The roommates are in prison and were arraigned last Friday. [more inside]
posted by superior julie on Feb 17, 2014 - 49 answers

Like a library but with sign-out fees.

I'm looking for some software that will help me manage a small artwork rental business. I've been looking at library systems, since the sign out/sign-in concept is the same, but none of them seem to offer the ability to charge a fee to sign items out or keep track of fees owed to artists. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Feb 12, 2014 - 4 answers

FSBO in Chicago - how to appeal to investors?

I own a condo in Chicago (in a trendy neighborhood) in a building that has no rental cap and is mostly renters. I'm interested in trying to sell it myself, and am interested in thoughts on what sort of things I'd want to do to make it particularly interesting to investors rather than owner-residents. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Feb 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me find an apartment in New York!

I'm a single young man currently living in New Jersey. I work downtown (near the Fulton St. A stop) and have a standing appointment in the West Village twice a week that keeps me out until 10:30 and 12:30, respectively. I'd like to move into the city proper to make both of these things easier, but I've only ever lived with family and friends (in Chicago). What would be some good neighborhoods for me to consider? How do I find room-mates? How do I find places to look at? Do I need a broker? More on my budget, desires, and lifestyle inside. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Feb 7, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me deal with my landlord and/or provide a sanity check.

[NYC-filter] I'm renting from a residential landlord for the first time, and the experience is really different than the past. He is sending awful and anxiety-inducing letters/text messages about things that it's my understanding are landlord problems/normal rental situations. Please help me figure out how to respond to him, let me know what the objective view of the situation is, and help me with basic residential tenant rights in NYC. [more inside]
posted by corb on Jan 27, 2014 - 24 answers

Moving to London - help me navigate the rental market!

In just over a month, I will be moving to London to take up a new job. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the rental market so need some advice on locations, costs, and anything I have probably overlooked. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2014 - 11 answers

To Sue, or Not to Pursue? That is the (complex) question.

My room has bedbugs. My landlord refuses to cover the costs of extermination, on the grounds that they've never had this problem before. Do I push it, or let it go? Complication: my landlord is not actually my landlord. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jan 15, 2014 - 24 answers

Seaside B&B/hotel within commuter rail distance from Boston?

While my partner visits me in Boston we'd like to stay for a few nights in a B&B or hotel outside the city. We don't drive, so the town needs to be easily accessible by train. Ideally, we'd like to be very close to the beach and have a fireplace in the room. A quaint town square with a nice coffee shop would also be great. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 15, 2014 - 9 answers

How to rent a kitchen for a week?

We are planning our wedding for mid July of this year and we want to cook most of the food for it in the week or so leading up to our wedding. We are looking for two things: a kitchen (or kitchens?) to cook the food, and a fridge/freezer (fridges/freezers?) to store the stuff. How can we do this? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

No Certificate of Occupancy. What are my options?

My out-of-state relocation to Brooklyn, NY is suffering from complications due to a delayed Certificate of Occupancy. What should I do? More details below the cut. [more inside]
posted by unhappyprofessor on Dec 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Great Red Shark Blues

I'll have time to waste in California in February and have set my mind on enjoying a Hunter S. Thompson memorial road trip to Las Vegas. Trouble is, it's proving surprisingly hard to find someone who'll rent me a Great Red Shark to do so. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by themel on Dec 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Legal language needed for wedding contract

How should I word a clause in a contract which states that we will receive a refund on our deposit for a wedding reception venue if that business is sold or goes out of business? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Dec 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find out where I can purchase this lamp -- Please!

To summarize I had people over and someone accidentally broke the lamp. I am staying in a rental and it is not my lamp. PLEASE can someone provide a link where I can buy this lamp? I would REALLY appreciate it! Here is the lamp.
posted by learninguntilidie on Dec 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Renting my condo

I have owned a condo apartment for five years. I do not have a mortgage. My parents gave me the money to pay for it cash, and I pay them back at a rate $800 a month, no interest. The condo was not a gift as I'm fully expected to repay my parents. I suppose the "gift" was a loan with no interest. I want to move out and rent my place out. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Dec 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Bay Area Apartments: Explain like I'm 5

I have a job offer in San Francisco. I understand that renting there is more difficult than it's ever been. My requirements are: I want to be able to walk + bike + BART/Bus to work, which is around South Beach. Other than that, I am cool with East Bay, South, whatever. I could swing $2500-ish a month, but that is an upper boundary. Tell me about neighborhoods, tell me whether there exist "apartment headhunters" who could reliably do this for me, school me thoroughly. Thank you in advance.
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Variations on cat pee + carpet + pulling out my hair

We recently discovered that my cat has been peeing consistently on the carpeted floor behind a bookcase in our rental apartment. The bookcase is ruined, but what can we do about the carpet to keep our security deposit bleeding to a minimum? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Nov 16, 2013 - 9 answers

What's a pretty winter vacation spot between Toronto and Chicago?

We're in Toronto. Our friends are in Chicago. We'd like to meet up roughly halfway between our cities over the Christmas break (i.e. in Michigan or Ontario), and rent a house or cottage somewhere quiet with some natural scenery. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

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