I moved into my new apartment on Sept 1st. Today, I received a "shut off notice" from the gas company (National Grid in Boston) stating that my unit has an unpaid balance of over $100 as of 8/29, and that the account will be going to collections. This is my first apartment - what should I do, AskMefi? Pay down the balance? Inform my landlord?
posted by mushtale
on Sep 4, 2014 -
I'm considering forming an LLC, purchasing an event property (former church), and renting it as an additional income source - primarily for weddings and catered events. Assume I'm completely green in this industry - which is almost true. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom
on Aug 15, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Is it possible my moldy unit pushing my already run-down self over the edge?
How much mold is too much? For how long? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276
on Sep 23, 2013 -
Does anyone have experience with any of these baby equipment rental companies, particularly in the Bay Area? Any other advice on renting baby stuff would be appreciated as well! [more inside]
posted by fussbudget
on Aug 1, 2013 -
This will take a bit of time as I will go into some details but bear with me please.I have seen the earlier threads but the kinda of questions I had are, sort of, very different.
I am in early 30's and have just moved to NYC. I am by myself now and expect my wife to join me after December. Currently, am in a hotel provided by my employer and can have this for a month more.
My office is in mid-town manhattan (near grand central) and one client whom I would be visiting often is in long island city. I plan to use subway extensively for my travel.
So, I have started my house hunting now. Q1: Is this the right time or am I too late and I should beg my employer to give me couple of more weeks? [more inside]
posted by TheLittlePrince
on Jul 21, 2013 -
I have started searching for potential apartments almost two months ahead of time to get a feel for size / rent for places in the neighborhood I like. I have quickly learned it's a very popular place to live, and I could use advice on etiquette when going through this process. I feel like it's almost like a job interview. Below is a scenario I encountered and if it doesn't work out, then what can I learn from it? Any owner/landlord input would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by hillabeans
on Jul 15, 2013 -
My mother recently passed away and we are looking to rent out a function space to have a gathering for 25-30 friends and relatives to get together, have a little lunch, trade stories, and generally remember her. Low-key is the general idea. Looking for recommendation for locations (hotels, inns, converted barns, restaurants) around North Orange County, California — or web resources that will have good listing of the same. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss
on Jul 13, 2013 -
Planning a week in Vancouver in October, thinking of renting a condo instead of staying in a hotel. Anyone done this? Recommendations / things to look out for? [more inside]
posted by Koko
on Jul 10, 2013 -
The recycling dumpster shared by about 30 people in an apartment complex fills up to the top and overflows the second or third day after it is emptied. It's been this way for a few months now, after some changes in the tenant count and removal of one dumpster. Landlord says people need to use the recycling dumpster space more efficiently, refusing to get more recycling space and passing on overflow pickup costs in building fees. How can I fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000
on Jun 19, 2013 -
My son will be spending a semester at Dublin City University starting in September (coming from the US). He's been trying to find a place to stay for himself and another student since January. Nothing available on campus and the popular off campus places are all full. [more inside]
posted by cosmac
on Jun 18, 2013 -
I am doing a fundraising event tomorrow evening at Reza's Restaurant in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, in a second floor private room. I was just informed that two guests who use motorized wheelchairs are coming. When I called Reza's to double check the capacity of their lift, they said it cannot accommodate the weight of motorized chairs. Legality and ADA-compliance aside, I want to make sure that all of my guests can get to the event. Where can I rent either a ramp (because the restaurant does not have one of their own) or a light, airport-style wheelchair TOMORROW?
posted by deliciae
on Jun 17, 2013 -
Contemplating an Italian vacation (in the range of two weeks or so) in the next year or two, for a family group of about 5-6 people. Google turns up several websites dedicated to renting apartments/houses, but I'd love to hear some personal recommendations. Is Air BNB the best? Vrbo.com? Perhaps there's no real difference between them. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian
on Jun 2, 2013 -
You're an employed person in Philadelphia. You don't have a proclivity towards ripping copper pipes out of the wall. You dislike college dorm room replacements apartment complexes like this
and you are looking for an apartment. Where did you look? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty
on May 29, 2013 -
Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service.
This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger.
Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee.
My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
posted by valannc
on May 26, 2013 -
We're going to be driving from Seattle, Washington to Ashland, Oregon in July, doing it in one long day's drive each way. We'll be driving a rental. What model of car is the most comfortable? What model has the best gas mileage? What model has the optimum balance between the two? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing
on May 14, 2013 -
If I pick up a rental car at the airport, can another family member then drop it off for me even though they weren't with me at the time of pickup?
Second, can that other family member also be allowed to drive the car even though they weren't with me at the time of pickup?
posted by Wanderer7
on Apr 23, 2013 -
I live in a co-op in New York City. My spouse and I 'own' the unit, but we have a friend who lives with us. The unit is owner-occupancy only, so when we bought, we got special permission from the board for this one person to live with us. Owners are not allowed to rent out their units (but our situation is understood). Our roommate helps us pay the bills by giving us some money each month. There are no leases, subletting, proprietary lease for the coop, or any formal documentation at all.
Is the money that he gives us each month "rental income"? I would prefer not to separate out rental income, expenses, etc. in addition to our legitimate home offices. However, I care more about doing this properly and not harming a) the roommate, b) the co-op, or c) my bottom line. [more inside]
posted by peripatetron errant
on Apr 14, 2013 -
I'm applying for an apartment and the rental application asks for previous residence info along with their respective landlords' contact info. The trouble is I don't have their info at all. [more inside]
posted by curagea
on Apr 9, 2013 -
We'll be traveling to Stratford-upon-Avon this Christmas and we're looking for a self-catering vacation rental either in Stratford proper or within an hour's drive. I'm familiar with VRBO and AirBnB, but what I'm not familiar with is the great Stratford-upon-Avon area. What are the towns/cities that we should consider? Also, if you have any suggestions for specific properties, we'd love to hear them. It would be ideal to find something with "traditional" English charm, but also with the 21st century "necessities" like WiFi.
posted by tmharris65
on Mar 10, 2013 -
I moved out of my apartment, but am still on the lease, which extends for several months. I have "transferred" my renter's insurance policy to cover property and occurrences at my new apartment. This leaves me uncovered at the old place. Does this matter? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit
on Jan 29, 2013 -
We're planning a trip next year and will be staying (for free!) near Lovina on the North-central coast. We'd like to rent a car for the week and day-trip to see the other parts of the island. Is this realistic and/or advisable? How are the roads in reality? [more inside]
posted by scottatdrake
on Jan 16, 2013 -
I've lived in my current apartment for around a year and a half now. I moved here mostly because it was cheap and there were no real problems abound. But now... there are cockroaches. I'd say it's infested. I complained to the landlord and a pest control company came out yesterday... but today... I saw a scary cockroach! WHAT GIVES? [more inside]
posted by camylanded
on Jan 5, 2013 -
Paying an apartment finder's fee to a friend who's place will soon be available? [more inside]
posted by orme
on Dec 15, 2012 -
My 72 year old dad just was prescribed oxygen. He has portable units and then an electric machine for home use. He is supposed to fly from Dallas to Phoenix to visit me for Thanksgiving. I saw the Southwest regulations for his portable, but should I rent him a home machine or can he check his? Are they heavy? Are they expensive to rent?
posted by bkf
on Nov 10, 2012 -
Stranded in Toronto. New in town, have a job and a place (but not until Oct-1). Film-fest + returning students have filled all hostels and every half-way affordable hotel. Any other options? [more inside]
posted by philip-random
on Sep 5, 2012 -
Should I sell or rent my house when I move to a different part of town? I would just about break even in either situation. [more inside]
posted by ethidda
on Sep 4, 2012 -
My 18 year old daughter is renting a "college rental" house with three other 18 year old females. I've just read her lease and I have a question about the portion I have to sign... [more inside]
posted by kiwi-epitome
on Aug 20, 2012 -
We are applying to co-op housing: Please help us write an appropriate (and awesome!) cover letter for our application! [more inside]
posted by tamarack
on Jul 17, 2012 -
Looking for a new apartment. Landlords of MeFi, what information should be in the initial email? [more inside]
posted by Nibbly Fang
on Jul 1, 2012 -
What are reasonable rates for moving companies for a move within Somerville, MA? Any recommendations for good movers? Everything seems more expensive than last time I did this. [more inside]
posted by heresiarch
on Jun 22, 2012 -
2 weeks of positive contact with potential landlady regarding new apartment for myself + fiance. She invites me to look at the place then tells me there is a "no roommates" policy and they only provide leases to single tenants or married couples. WTF- is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by shes_ajar
on May 28, 2012 -
I've been given the option to rent-to-own the house we live in, which I love. Can you hope me navigate this and thus, prevent me getting royally taken by my millionaire and slightly unstable landlord? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame
on Mar 9, 2012 -
Can my landlord require that I add them to my renter's insurance when I renew my apartment lease? And is this normal? (Michigan, USA) [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Feb 29, 2012 -
How can I either simply fix my apartment's toilet or get maintenance to actually permanently fix it? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot
on Oct 2, 2011 -
I'm trying to rent a big house in Montreal to accommodate somewhere between 8-12 people this coming November for a conference. Does anyone have any specific experiences or recommendations? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear
on Sep 15, 2011 -
How do you gain "handyman" skills to the extent that you can manage a rental property? [more inside]
posted by abdulf
on Aug 16, 2011 -