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Spending a semester in LA: When to buy a car?

I'm leaving in about a month to study in Los Angeles for the semester (until mid-December). I'll need a car in LA for getting around and can't decide how to handle it. [more inside]
posted by Kronios on Jul 25, 2013 - 9 answers

 

Where should I list my apartment for a week's sublet

We won't be using our apartment for a few weeks and it would be great to earn a few bucks on it, but this is a 'nice if it happens' thing so I am looking for the single listing site which jointly maximizes ease of use and likelihood of rental. I would say no Craigslist as I would like some sort of middleman and perhaps rudimentary authentication. I have never used these services from either side, so feel free to mention any protips. If it matters, this is in New York City. Comparable apartments are asking $400+ / night (no idea if they are getting it, obviously).
posted by shothotbot on Jul 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Re(le)nting in NYC

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 - 18 answers

Last-minute vacation rental in San Diego for two families

We will be in San Diego from Saturday July 20 through Thursday July 25. We booked some accomodation last month, but it seems to have fallen through, and now we need to book a new place at the last minute. [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Jul 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Apartment searching in competitive area... tips?

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 - 8 answers

Event space for a (smaller) Memorial Gathering near Orange County, SoCal

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 - 3 answers

Broker recommendations/apartment tips for Boston with a child

Hi, I would love any recommendations people in the Boston area might have for rental brokers for an apartment in the Boston area, specifically nearish to Tufts. Someone who has successfully worked with a family with a small child would be ideal. General apartment hunting tips are also welcome. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Jul 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Vancouver condo rental

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 - 3 answers

Please help me phrase this request to my landlord...

So, most of the previous AskMes have had to do with either crazy landlords or desperate situations, and I have neither. But I need to ask my rental company if they'll let me out of my lease 30 days early, and I'm not sure how to phrase this. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 answers

House/flat rentals in Lagos, Portugal?

A friend is interested in renting a house or flat for a couple of weeks in late July or August in Lagos, Portugal. Recommendations for reputable agencies to go through/web listings/anything else that might help them find a nice place?
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Jun 27, 2013 - 1 answer

Too many people on the lease... what are the downsides?

I'm trying to arrange private student accommodation for next year in a smallish university town in the UK, as part of a group of four students. Decent shared accomodation for four people is few and far between -- but three-person houses are abundant and awesome. How bad an idea is it for one of us to be a permanent 'guest'? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Solutions for 'renting' internet while in a remote location?

I will be renting a cabin in a remote area in the US (mountains outside of Asheville, NC) and need to have internet access from my laptop for one day. I looked at maps of coverage and it seems like only 1 local carrier has a nearby tower. What are my options? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Jun 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Recycling dumpster always full. Seattle landlord blames tenants.

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 - 12 answers

Student accommodations in Dublin?

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 - 5 answers

Where can I rent a ramp or a light wheelchair in Chicago for tomorrow?

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 - 10 answers

yanml landlording quetion

Is it possible recover damages caused a former tenant who cost me 10s of thousands of dollars in damages in 2008? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Jun 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Which are the best apartment rental sites for an Italian visit?

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 - 6 answers

Finding Tenants Who Aren't Serial Killers

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 - 17 answers

Applying for rental house - need advice

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 - 9 answers

Hunt for a rental while still here or when I get there?

Hi everyone I'm relocating for the first time ever out of the family home. Should I start should start house hunting now *for a rental) while I'm away, or wait till I get there (I'm very happy to hostel it for a bit, as I don't know of anyone in the area and I'm a bit funny about couchsurfing). Thanks!
posted by glache on May 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Good way to keep racoons off rooftop deck in rental unit?

We rent the top floor of an old boarding house in Toronto and have access to a rooftop patio. Because we rent, drilling and installing motion activated lights or anything that would permanently alter the unit is a no-go. Any chemical or non-permanent solutions would be greatly appreciated.
posted by jrlagace on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Moving to Denver, know nothing west of the Mississippi. Help!

I'm moving to Denver... soon! Aside from one awesome week in San Francisco, I've never even been west of the Mississippi. Help this Georgia girl find a place to love. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on May 15, 2013 - 11 answers

San Francisco bike questions

I'll be travelling to San Francisco for a conference the last week of May and I'd like to rent a bicycle and bike around a bit. Any bike-related stuff going on then? This and other bike questions inside. [more inside]
posted by mikepop on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Rent cars frequently? Have an opinion? Please share.

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 - 26 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

Alternative living arrangements?

I may be on the lookout for a new residence soon, and I'm open to alternatives to the usual apartment/house rental. In particular, living in an RV or camper trailer parked on the street outside of a friend's house (or in their driveway if long-term parking on the street is illegal) seems doable. And fun. And possible (I asked). What's it like? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Commercial realty - rental - Toronto

I want to rent a retail spot in Toronto to move an already established business into. I know absolutely nothing about commercial realty. Help me get the best deal I can without looking like a moron... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Floripa Calling!

Two of my life dreams are to speak Portuguese fluently and to learn to surf. VOILA~~ I was invited for a professional exchange in Florianopolis, Brazil, and am over the moon! Can you help me 1) decide which months to arrive 2) make an initial plan for housing and transport, and 3) suggest volunteer conservation efforts for my partner? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree on May 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Where should we live in the Boston area?

You guys helped me land the job, now please help us figure out where to live! I'll be working in the Back Bay area and my husband in Waltham, near Prospect Park (thus not near the train station). [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Apr 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Rental Car Pick Up and Drop off question

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 - 15 answers

Reflooring part of a rental property (kitchen and living room).

My boyfriend owns a house in North Florida that needs to have the floors in the kitchen and living room redone. He rents out the house. He's looking for a good 'middle way': not expensive, but not so cheap that it will have to be replaced soon; nice, but not so nice that it it might get easily damaged by renters (nor ugly, which would lower rent value). N.B.: the price has to include installation since he won't be around to install it himself. Any suggestions for what types of flooring he should look at, especially given N. Florida's climate?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Should this be a rental for tax purposes?

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 - 7 answers

Incomplete past rental info on an application - yay or nay?

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 - 12 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

Vacation Rental Near Stratford-upon-Avon

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 - 7 answers

Rent or Lease?

Would it be cheaper to rent a car for 6 months or get a lease swap with short term car insurance in California? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Mar 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me buy my first house!

My partner and I have saved a deposit of $50,000 to put down on a house. We're looking for a one bed flat around the Gastown area of Vancouver BC, which we may end up renting out while we move to the US for a couple of years for work, but I have no idea how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Feb 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Help finding an apartment in Seattle

I have a list of neighborhoods I'd consider living, a list of amenities that I consider necessary and/or negotiable, and a $ amount in mind per month. How can I make the selection process move along more quickly than the Craigslist Method? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Feb 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Dipping Our Toes Into Real Estate

My brother and I would like to buy a four-bedroom house, furnish it, have him live in one room and rent the other three rooms. Neither of us have any experience with real estate, renting rooms, or being in business with one another. We're looking for advice as to how to fairly structure this investment, advisers we should consult, issues that we need to consider up front, and so on. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by slide on Feb 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Renting or borrowing Macs - Bay Area

Is there an avenue in the Bay Area for renting or borrowing a Mac, especially for (grad) students? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Should I maintain renter's insurance even though I've moved out?

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 - 6 answers

Is Bali drivable?

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 - 8 answers

Vacation Rentals - How to go about doing it

Looking for guidance and recommendations on renting a house for one week in Rhode Island this coming June. I'm looking to be somewhat near Bristol, RI (but can be as much as 30 miles away), near a beach, biking trails and a cute town with a few nice restaurants and attractions. Would love your recommendations on what town to look for a rental, as well as rental agencies/websites to go to to find properties and information on how one goes about doing it - should I contact the owner, how do I get a guarantee that this person/place is legitimate, and that my deposit is guaranteed. Also, can you give me the ins and outs of renting a home for a week vacation? Tips on how to go about doing it, what to watch out for, as well as how to make the best of a one week's rental or things to do in a Rhode Island seaside town would be fun. Thanks!
posted by BlueMartini7 on Jan 16, 2013 - 7 answers

La cucarachas... leave por favor!

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 - 19 answers

Doors with pre-installed cat flaps in Toronto?

Where can we get an interior door with a pre-installed pet door/cat flap? This is in/around Toronto. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Moving... till I don't know what's sane.

Is moving to Inwood, Manhattan possible for what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Dec 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Removable wallpaper to cover hideous apartment detail.

What do I need to know about using removable wallpaper? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Dec 26, 2012 - 1 answer

How do you find a great place in Austin, TX?

We need some advice on the logistics of finding a place to rent in Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by lamechopz on Dec 20, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I get this mildewy mess out of my bathroom?

Water collects in a recessed area on the edge of my tub. How do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on Dec 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Apartment finder's fee to a friend?

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 - 14 answers

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