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Aziz! Light bulbs!

Why do these light bulbs keep dying? [more inside]
posted by purple_bird on Sep 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Please help me be ok with the prospect of being a life-long renter.

Through a series of unfortunate events and choices, I've reached middle age without being able to purchase a house (I'm single, if it matters). It looks like my financial situation won't change in the forseeable future and I'm carrying a significant load of personal debt. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2014 - 60 answers

Who should pay for retiling the bathroom?

My tiles have fallen off in the bathroom, and it looks like the whole lot will need replacing. Who should pay for this? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Aug 26, 2014 - 22 answers

How to walk away from a House (Minneapolis Edition)?

After watching our house not sell for 3 months (with one offer that would require us to bring 40k to the table!), we think it might be time for more creative solutions. Tell me about Strategic Defaults in Minnesota. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Telling landlord we're looking elsewhere, but holding onto our place?

I have rented my current place for over a year and according to our lease, am now month to month. I want to look elsewhere, and tell my (very chill) landlord in case I want to put him as a reference. But in the end I'm not sure if/when I'll move (only if a better place materializes) so I also don't want him to decide to find new tenants and give me 30 days notice. How would you deal with the landlord? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Aug 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Possibly moving to Denver for a new job. HELP.

My husband is interviewing in Denver this week and seems to have a good shot at getting the job. We currently live in Meridian, Idaho (just outside of Boise) and have lived here practically our entire lives. I've never lived out of state, though my husband has. Help this security-needing, plan-making, organizational freak make sense of a big-for-me move! [more inside]
posted by gracious floor on Aug 13, 2014 - 20 answers

Am I morally obligated to rent to someone after a huge breach of trust?

The person who was supposed to watch our pets while we were away on a short trip didn’t follow through. Our animals are fine but this situation has set off a complicated chain of events and now I’m not sure what to do. Well, frankly, I am sure but I’d like to sort it through here because you all can be objective in ways I can’t right now. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Aug 8, 2014 - 48 answers

Short-term housing in San Francisco

I'm considering attending a six-month web development bootcamp in San Francisco that runs from October to April, and I'm wondering what I can expect to pay for housing. I'm interested in learning both about cheaper arrangements like SROs in Chinatown and housing oriented towards students, as well as about what it might cost to get a room in a "normal" multi-bedroom apartment for that period. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for apartments from long distance

I got a new job! Yay! Now I have to find a place to live. What's the best way to do this? I have certain criteria in mind for what kind of place I'd like, so is there someone I can pay to go and check things out for me? Like, a realtor or someone? I've got a pretty quick turn-around between now and my start date, and a ton of other things to do, so if I can avoid a trip across the country to apartment hunt, that would be very helpful. Bonus points if you have any experience in the Milwaukee area. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Jul 21, 2014 - 12 answers

The house I am renting has an alarm system, how do I make it work?

My SO and I are renting a house. Since moving in we have noticed that the house has an alarm system. However, the control panel does not turn on and none of the buttons do anything. We've spoken to our landlord (who lived in the house for 4+ years) and he said that he never used to alarm and doesn't know how it works. Nothing on the alarm system says which company managed the alarm (ADT, etc..). Who can I call to get to setup the alarm (but not install a new alarm system, since I am only renting)?
posted by Spurious on Jul 11, 2014 - 10 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 - 12 answers

My difficult roommate wants to stay...hooray

I have a difficult housemate who makes me stressed out and angry, has alienated my friends such that they don't want to come over to my house, and who my housemates and I asked to leave when the lease ends and the new lease begins. She refuses to leave. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Jun 21, 2014 - 35 answers

Why would a potential Craigslist landlord ask for my birthday?

Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

To caulk or not to caulk?

In an Australian rental unit, how likely is it that our landlords will expect the caulking in the shower to be clean at move-out, and if they will, should we do the caulking ourselves to avoid paying a handyman for this simple but tedious and probably time-consuming job? [more inside]
posted by gingerest on Jun 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Cat in a "no pets" apartement

I moved to a new city and am renting a cool place. The catch is "no pets". My parents are taking care of my cat but I miss him terribly. My landlord lives in another country and never checks up on the place. Would it be a terrible idea to fly my cat over here without my landlord's knowledge? What's the worst that can happen?
posted by sabina_r on Jun 15, 2014 - 28 answers

never thought how quickly bedbugs could become my problem.

Bedbugs in apartment we just moved into. What to do? Legally, practically, emotionally. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jun 3, 2014 - 18 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

Denied rental application. Now what?

I applied yesterday for a (residential) rental application and received an adverse action letter saying I was denied because of information used in my credit reports. What options do I have to try and get the application approved? [more inside]
posted by JJ987E on May 1, 2014 - 12 answers

I have substantial savings but no job. How to get someone to rent to me?

I have ended a long-term relationship where we both had mental health issues (bipolar depression in my case). I haven't worked since 2005 but am a graduate (was back in 1991 though, I'm 44 now) and have about 12 years of work experience. I believe I could work again if given the opportunity, and am willing to do the work either on myself or in terms of learning marketable skills to become employable. I also have about £50,000 ($70,000 I guess?) remaining from an inheritance, which I'm using to live on. It's actually possible to buy a modest apartment where I live for that money, but then I would not be eligible for out-of-work benefits, hence the need to rent. I have never rented before, I lived in my parents house until age 36 and then with my partner in her mother's house until age 44. So I have no references to offer as a previous renter, and am quite socially isolated due to shyness so not sure about finding character references either. My credit score is great due to only modestly using a credit card for 10 years and paying it off each month, and not getting into debt during that time. How can I best sell myself to a letting agency as someone their landlords might want to rent to, and what concessions would I need to make for renting to be a possibility - pay a big deposit? rent in advance? money in escrow account? [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Apr 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Can't I just rent forever?

I rent a flat with my SO in London. We've finally saved enough to be in a position to buy a home but the insanity of the market is making me hesitate. What to do? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Mar 31, 2014 - 25 answers

How best to handle moving out technically TONIGHT?

I procrastinated horribly and relied upon uncertain things, and I technically need to move out of my apartment tonight or I assume suffer consequences. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by destructive cactus on Feb 24, 2014 - 39 answers

How easy to sublet a Long Island City apartment?

My girlfriend and I are thinking of re-signing a twelve-month lease, but we know we don't want to stay for the entire lease. How likely will we be able to sublet our Long Island City apartment, just across the river from Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Feb 12, 2014 - 4 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

Can I sublease my NY apartment while I'm gone for 1-2 years?

Our apartment in New York is rent stabilized and we love the neighborhood it's in. I was very, very lucky to find this place back back when I was single. But in April we are moving to London temporarily (maybe for two years?) because of a job my wife has taken. The dream scenario is that we could leave our furniture, find someone we trust to sublease to, and have the option to come back in two years. Or if things go terribly in London we could come back earlier. But there's a complicating factor and I don't even know if the rules would allow us to sublease for very long. Details below. [more inside]
posted by theory on Jan 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Subletting apartment for Super Bowl?

I live in Newark, NJ. It recently occurred to me that the Super Bowl is happening very close to me very soon, and my roommate and I are considering the possibility of renting out our apartment to people looking for housing. We haven't even gotten as far as discussing this with our landlord, so it's not terribly serious at this point. But what are logistical things we might not be considering in terms of this? Has anyone done this in the past? What are good ways to find non-shady people to stay in my apartment?
posted by naturalog on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Is e-mail legally binding in any way?

We're up to renew our lease and want the new lease modified so that we can keep our dog in the apartment. Our landlord refuses to modify the lease at all and suggested instead an e-mail stating that we are allowed to have the dog. Is this meaningful in any real way? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Dec 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Unusual rental situation

Renting a house where the landlord will stay some weekends - bad idea? Have you ever done this? [more inside]
posted by galenka on Dec 27, 2013 - 22 answers

Should I try to get out of this lease?

I recently signed a lease on a new apartment that I'm supposed to move into on January 16. Now, I'm having serious second thoughts and trying to figure out if I should talk to the owner about getting out of the lease. I paid a deposit, but don't mind forfeiting that. I've been looking for a new place for the last four months, ever since new neighbors moved in upstairs. I have insomnia, though my sleep had been ok earlier in the year; it got much worse, though, because the new neighbors are frequently up late talking loudly. Even smaller sounds, like their footsteps on the hardwood floor above me, started to bother me. It's been a huge problem because I haven't slept well essentially since they moved in, and though I tried to talk with them, I definitely want to move. [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons on Dec 21, 2013 - 17 answers

Hope me with Housing in NoVa? Renting. Buying.

Should I get a mortgage even if all the house I can afford right now in the Northern Virginia (NoVa) area is $120k to $150k (according to two different calculators)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 28 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

Tennants rights re: storm broken window.

Yesterday I left 2 apartment windows cranked partially open and, in the heavy winds later that evening, they broke. There is a possibility my landlord could try and charge us for replacing them (~$175 ea). Help me prep in case it goes that way. Oakland, CA. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Housemate money troubles

What is a fair way to divvy up finances when two people move out of a four-person share house? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Surprise! I'm moving out!

O wise people of AskMeFi, please help me decide if I'm being too impulsive in jumping at a chance to move out of my parents' place. I really want this, but I want to make sure I won't regret it a few months down the road. [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Nov 11, 2013 - 15 answers

Help us find an apartment in Amsterdam

So we made this happen. Now all we need is a place to live for the first of November. And are having a heck of a time of it.. [more inside]
posted by dobie on Oct 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Best Area for Small Press and Tech Jobs?

In February/March 2014, my roommate and I will be free to move almost anywhere within California. She graduated last year with a BFA in Writing. I write code. Where should we move in order to find a job for her, preferably in small press? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Oct 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Renting with roommates... can things de-escalate?

Ok, so I'm living in Chicago with a few of my SO's old roommates from college. We've known them for less than a year and I can admit maybe we jumped into a year lease too soon. However, what recourse do we have right now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 10 answers

renting to a group of friends

renting to a group of friends - how to make this attractive to landlords [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Tenant's Rights / Electrical work question - Hudson County NJ

While I was dusting the blades on one of our ceiling fan/light units it made a loud grinding/zapping noise and fiery sparks flew out. Needless to say it is now turned off at the wall and will stay that way until an electrician takes a look at it.

Short version: our landlord doesn't want to send an electrician. I on the other hand do not want to be electrocuted or burn the building down. Is there a ballpark figure for how much an electrician might charge to inspect/repair the fan? And has anyone had experience with similar tenant/landlord issues in Hudson County NJ? [more inside]
posted by blu_stocking on Sep 15, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I get released from my lease agreement?

When I moved into my apartment with my roommate, the manager at the time said we could remove or add roommates as we pleased and could even add a roommate and remove ourselves off the lease completely if we wanted to move away before the lease was up, so long as we notified the manager and signed a form. I am considering moving out before the lease ends. We now have a new manager and when I checked with her, she says this is not true, that I cannot be removed from the lease at all even if my roommate agrees to it. However, I looked over my lease and it seems to say that I absolutely CAN do that, as long as everyone agrees. (See extended for the exact lease quote.) [more inside]
posted by brista on Sep 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Where can I afford to live around Worcester, MA?

I'm thinking of taking a postdoc in at UMass in Worcester, MA but am having trouble ironing out cost of living expenses. Where can I can I afford to live around there, preferably with a (relatively speaking) easy commute to Boston? [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey on Aug 19, 2013 - 19 answers

What questions should I ask when going to look at a flat to rent?

What questions should I ask when going to look at a flat to rent? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Aug 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Tenant's guest lives w/her but only sleeps in on weekends. What to do?

Our a tenant (home share) has a partner who effectively lives with us but sleeps in only 2 nights a week (as agreed). We were not told about the living here every day part and now we want to either up the rent or have them move out. Would this be legal? Otherwise, what to do? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Aug 5, 2013 - 26 answers

Should I apply for this housesitting gig that is also a housemate gig?

There's a housesitter-type ad on craigslist that I'd like to apply for. What's the safest way to go about it? Or should I? [more inside]
posted by grar on Aug 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Transitioning peacefully from home ownership to renting?

After owning three, freestanding houses over the course of the last 15 years, we're moving to an apartment in a midrise. How do we keep from walking on eggshells about bothering the neighbors and breaking stuff? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Jul 26, 2013 - 18 answers

How much does oil heat cost in Milwaukee?

I'm trying to find information on how much I should budget for heat in an apartment that uses oil heating. If you use oil heat, can you give me an estimate of your bills for that service as well as how many square feet you are heating? I'm in Milwaukee, WI.
posted by philosophygeek on Jul 22, 2013 - 6 answers

I am not your mom

How do I handle tenants who live in my house and don’t clean up after themselves? I am a landlord/resident who is not there daily. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Jul 15, 2013 - 30 answers

This tenant does not look good on paper

I'm trying to help a friend find an apartment to rent. She is on a low fixed income which will not meet the gross-income-must-be-3x-rent formula most landlords around here require their renters to meet, but she will be receiving assistance from family to ensure her expenses are covered. What kind of support or advice could I provide to help her find a place that will rent to her? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

What do you wish you'd known when choosing your first apartment?

At the end of the summer I'll be selecting and moving into my first apartment after living in a house with roommates for several years, and I'm looking to discover what things I don't know that I don't know. [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Jun 14, 2013 - 79 answers

AirBNB and [not] breaking the law

If I want to charge visitors a fee to stay in the apartment I rent form a landlord, what might I want in my lease? Would I absolutely need a clause about subletting? What are the exceptions? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on May 28, 2013 - 11 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

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