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My apartment lights dim briefly when the elevator starts running

Should I be concerned that my apartment lights dim momentarily when the building’s elevator is activated? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jan 4, 2016 - 8 answers

How to rent a house when one of us has bad credit

My husband and I have been living in a 1 bed apartment for 2 years, and for the sake of our marriage, we need to move somewhere bigger. We're looking to rent for the next year or two at least. I have a good credit record but my husband doesn't (his credit score is around 600, he has around $5000 in medical debt in collections dating back to a period 4-5 years ago when he was uninsured). What are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2016 - 21 answers

Tell me all about renting in Denver!

I'm moving to Denver in a few months, and am looking for a two-bedroom apartment near light rail. I would love any tips on the Denver rental market. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Is the management obligated to pay for a hotel during this construction?

I live in an apartment with my sister. We got a notice on our door this morning that in 48 hours construction workers are coming to completely replace both windows, and both balcony doors between 8am to 5pm on Wednesday. The notice suggests all residents just be out of their apartments during this time (and cover furniture with sheets because of the dust) but we both can't for so many reasons. [more inside]
posted by tachikoma_robot on Nov 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Apartment rentals for people with felony history

A family member was released after being in prison for a felony conviction and has been living with family and friends since then. They seem convinced that they won't be able to lease an apartment because of the conviction. Does anyone know if this is a pervasive problem or if it's not such a big deal and if it's a real problem what are good alternatives for felons?
posted by duoshao on Nov 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Who pays the lease change fee?

In a group house situation, does the vacating person pay the "lease change fee", or the person moving in? I'm in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
posted by veery on Oct 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Where to live in Sydney?

My partner and I are moving to Sydney toward the end of this year. It's all very exciting and terrifying, but now we have to work out practical issues. We have kids, we work in different locations (UNSW and Sydney uni), we're pretty well-off, and we like public transport. So where should we be looking to live? [more inside]
posted by langtonsant on Sep 26, 2015 - 10 answers

How to be a great live-in landlord?

My partner and I own a house in a small Ohio city, and want to rent out a couple of the extra bedrooms -- we've already got a potential housemate interested in moving in at the end of the month. How can I make sure this goes smoothly for everyone? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Sep 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Where can I rent a Dahon folding bike in New York City?

I live in New York City, and I'm thinking of buying a folding bike. Where can I rent a Dahon folding bicycle so I can try it out? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Aug 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Buying a house in Fresno...

I'm going to be purchasing a house soon in a relatively economically depressed area that has little chance of a renaissance (Fresno, CA). I'm hoping to purchase a duplex/triplex, or a house with a mother-in-law unit so that I can live in the back and rent the main house. While this will be my home, I want to treat it more like an investment. The idea of going into debt for shelter make me unhappy; the idea of eventually (10 to 15 years) getting a positive income stream from the whole thing helps. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Aug 3, 2015 - 5 answers

So, when does the blacklist happen?

My friend has been evicted before and is in the process of possibly being evicted again (currently in the midst of court proceedings). Will she end up on the blacklist for landlords immediately or is there time? [more inside]
posted by rancher on Jul 22, 2015 - 26 answers

What can i realistically do about my neighbors awful kid?

I live in an apartment that's very close to the next building over. In that building, there's a family with a kid i initially thought was a toddler... he's actually 5-6. Every day at the strike of 8 they open all their windows and the kid runs around the house screaming. He also does this for hours after school/summer camp. [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jul 17, 2015 - 36 answers

Low-income housing in Portland, OR

I'm moving to Portland, OR and looking for low-income housing, as I am on SSDI. Not just talking about Section 8 but all income-restricted apartments. Many have waiting lists of around 2 years or more--are there any that may have shorter lists? Plus I'm not sure if there are certain mgmt companies to avoid. Also, is there some sort of tenant center that would be a good resource? I am looking for a 1 BR but a studio is also fine.
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Renting/Borrowing a dog for walking tourism in New York (East Village)

My sister, an avid dog walker in the English countryside, will be finding herself free for the day in New York on Thursday 25th June. She would love to spend that entire day walking a dog around while seeing the sights. [more inside]
posted by guy72277 on Jun 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Tell me about renting in 2015

We are considering selling out house and renting a home in a different part of town. I haven't rented in so long that I'm not sure what to expect. My hope is to rent a home with a very small yard. I would appreciate input on what renting is like these days, and in particular, renting a house. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 12, 2015 - 16 answers

Apartment-hunting on short notice in the Boston area: how to proceed?

Due to a whole series of unpleasant events, I am looking for an apartment in the Brighton/Allston/Watertown area on a somewhat tight budget and very short notice — we need to move in by mid-July at the very latest. I just moved here, and don't really know how things work in this area, but I've already come close to exhausting what is listed on Craigslist/Padmapper. What else should I be trying? Other places to look for listings? Should I be working with a realtor? (And if so, how do I find one?) Etc etc etc. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jun 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Just how bad it is to break a lease?

I might need to break a lease. For a good reason. Does this brand me forever as a Bad Renter who will forever be refused to rent anywhere else? Location: Austin, Texas. [more inside]
posted by megafauna on Jun 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Two people, two houses...best options for second house?

Here's my situation: female, late 40s, employed homeowner. Moving in with my boyfriend, also a homeowner. What to do with my house for best financial stability/payoff in the future? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jun 4, 2015 - 13 answers

Renting as non-desirable tenant

I’ve decided to finally move out of Madison, WI, for many reasons. I have traction now that my landlord won’t be renewing my lease, which expires in August, due to my lack of housekeeping. I’m hoping to move to Portland, OR, with Minneapolis in second. I’m aware that I’m not a desirable tenant at all for a number of reasons, and I’m trying to start strategizing now how to get an apartment of my own. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on May 31, 2015 - 16 answers

How To Move When Broke

Right now, my husband and I are very broke due to a few factors. One of them is my health. Moving to a more accessible location would be physically and mentally beneficial in that area. I need some help thinking through a strategy to move on limited funds. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on May 28, 2015 - 28 answers

Rent discount = bad marketing strategy?

I'm thinking of offering a temporary discount on rent to get someone to take over my less-than-ideal room in an awesome apartment--is this a viable marketing strategy or will such an unorthodox move scare off potential renters? [more inside]
posted by peakes on May 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Replace my curtains. And my shower door. Reasonable requests?

I rent a duplex from a retired couple who lives next door in the other half of the duplex. After living there for a year and a half, I'm planning on staying another year and would like to change some curtains and switch out the shower door. They've just raised rent (after reading in the paper how expensive rents were in our area, and thinking "Hm, we could be charging her more!" They told me this.) so I feel like now is a good time to negotiate. [more inside]
posted by witchen on May 5, 2015 - 22 answers

Living alone in SF. Difficulty level: postdoc

Is it possible to find a studio in SF proper for ≤$1650/mo? Where (and how) should I be looking? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Apr 30, 2015 - 25 answers

Help me move to NYC.

I got into Columbia for grad school. Yay! But I will be at the Washington Heights campus. I'm moving from SF, and I've never lived on the East Coast. I will be moving with my boyfriend. Please help me figure out where I want to live, how much it'll cost, and also how to actually FIND an apartment in NYC (broker??). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2015 - 21 answers

Give me a break on breaking my lease?

I'm looking for some perspective on what my options are for breaking a lease in Cook County, Illinois. My wife is 2 months pregnant and we currently live in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in a nice suburb of Chicago. We want to move into a larger apartment closer to my parents, just a town over, before the baby arrives. [More after jump.] [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Apr 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Good room renting sites, or making ads work better on Craigslist?

I'm leaving my apartment at the end of the month. I need to find someone to take over my place (yes, I've talked to my landlord about this), and I posted an ad on Craigslist. It's a pretty nice room, especially for NYC standards, and I've only gotten one hit from Craigslist, even though I've posted several photos and listed all the good points of the apartment. [more inside]
posted by EggplantPizza on Apr 8, 2015 - 26 answers

AirBnBehavior

My parents are considering getting a pied-a-terre in our mutual hometown, which could be used as an AirBnB at other times. What would we need to know to get into being hosts? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Mar 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Home ownership: why?

as I approach my 35th year, I'm feeling more and more down about not owning my own home. However, I know there are some rational reasons why I don't. Or are they rational? Why did you, Metafilter homeowner, purchase your home? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Mar 16, 2015 - 53 answers

Money might be able to buy happiness, but should it?

My spouse and I have fallen in love with a rental home on the other side of town. Problem: we have over 1 year left in our lease. We're wondering whether or not it's worth breaking our lease. [more inside]
posted by Krop Tor on Mar 6, 2015 - 20 answers

Notice - Landlord to tenant on a periodic tenancy (England)

Am I correct in thinking that our landlord is required to give us 2 months' notice if they want us to leave the flat we are renting under a (now) periodic tenancy? I'm in London. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Moving into a brand-new townhouse (renting). What should I know?

I'm moving in on Saturday. I've lived in dorms or apartments since leaving for college. It's a brand-new townhouse, built last year, owner has never moved in and we'll be the first renters. What sort of new-house things should I know? Bonus: How do I make sure the local flying dinosaur cockroaches don't move in too? I've always had a trash chute!
posted by anthropomorphic on Feb 10, 2015 - 9 answers

When to Contact Owner About Questionable Property Manager

About a month ago, my wife and I were very interested in renting a townhouse in a nearby neighborhood that is very appealing to us for a variety of reasons. It's been vacant since late August, and the advertised rent has dropped each month to (what we believe) is now slightly below market value. On the day of the showing, we made an offer to sign a two-year lease -- something the owner clearly preferred per his advertisement -- and we are otherwise model tenants with great references and stable incomes. The one caveat was that we need to give our current landlord 60 days' notice (or potentially forfeit the next two months' rent). The property manager for the new place refused the offer outright, stating that she was only interested in prospective tenants who could move in immediately. When I asked if this was the owner's stipulation or hers, she refused to answer. Given that the house has been empty for nearly 5 months and my general knowledge of the economic incentives that apply to property management companies, I suspect the owner might be unaware of this behavior. He is a stranger to me. Should I let him know? [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Jan 29, 2015 - 16 answers

The friend of my customer's neighbor's car is my something-or-other

What options does a landlord likely have when a tenant's guest/friend is slashing the neighbors' tires and threatening them and has a criminal record? Assume standard lease in Illinois and that the guest definitely did it but the police won't make an arrest yet. The tenant has done nothing wrong.
posted by michaelh on Jan 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Legal consequences for renter having guests sleep in basement?

Do the legal consequences of guests sleeping in a basement without an egress window fall on the landlord, or the renter? Who has an incentive to report this activity? [more inside]
posted by Noumenon on Jan 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Help first-time home buyers figure out the unknown unknowns.

We are thinking of moving out of the city to live in a suburb of Boston. It seems like a mysterious, scary, massive step to take. Do you have experience in real estate? Have you moved from the city to a suburb? Please help us think through the pros, cons, and logistics of buying a house for the first time, like we're 5 years old. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jan 20, 2015 - 33 answers

How to handle this carpet damage vis-a-vis my landlords?

The carpet in my rented apartment has two patches of damage. One was caused by my cat, one might be normal wear and tear though I'm not sure. What are my obligations / rights as a tenant in Berkeley, CA? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jan 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Round 2: Disputing Bogus Apartment Damage Charges in Collections

So, this is a follow-up to this previous question. Looking for some tips for next steps. Long story short, after moving out of a DC apartment in May our corporate landlord billed us a totally bogus damages. Now they've sent it to collections and it's showing up on the credit report. How do I fight this and get it off my credit report for good? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Jan 16, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I aspire to overcome significant barriers to employment?

I have Type 1 bipolar, which in practice means I've had 3 episodes of mania (between 2002 and 2005, 9 months total in hospital) then relative stability but regular low moods and trouble with motivation. I haven't worked since 2005 (previous questions here always had me feeling about 12 months away but I never got closer, partly because I chose to stay in a relationship and be a carer in a situation where I couldn't then get out to do training or voluntary work). I will soon be able to access more help but getting back to work seems a mountain to climb when I am so used to being long-term unemployed and getting into that rut where even doing the laundry or taking out the trash can feel like an effort. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Jan 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Rental filter: How worried do I need to be?

I'm looking for a place to live, and I have some anxiety about the rental history portion of my rental applications. I broke the lease for my last place -- for cause -- after living there for 13 years. The management company was worse than shady, and I am worried about them being called as a reference. How worried do I need to be, and how do I best approach this? The long story is within; you may skip to the TLDR if you'd like. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 30, 2014 - 16 answers

Crazy roommate please help?!

My roommate is snooping and sleeping in our rooms when we're not home. I'm scared there's more to it and I need advice. [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent on Dec 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Credit impacts of renting a second apartment in another state

How do I apply for an apartment as a student when I need my husband's income to be considered? [more inside]
posted by MeFiElf on Oct 28, 2014 - 4 answers

How to deal with a roommate who doesn't lock the door leading outside?

I live in a shared house (not a college dorm) with 8 others. I am the only woman in the house. One of my roommates refuses to lock the door going outside despite my respectful, reasonable requests to keep the house secure and locked, and he has acted rudely towards me. I emailed the landlord but haven't heard back yet. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2014 - 30 answers

How do you find rental apartment in Philadelphia? (Coming from NYC)

Philadelphians past and present: What is the normal way for going about finding an apartment in your city? In New York, we would either use Craigslist or pay a broker 10-15% of the yearly rent to find us an apartment (that usually wasn't posted on Craigslist). [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Oct 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Downstairs neighbors complaining about child noise, what can we do?

We are in the beginning of an ugly situation with our new neighbors, and would like to figure out what can we do to defend ourselves. They are complaining that our child is running and want him to stop.running completely which is unrealistic given he is two years old. I am walking on eggshells and having trouble sleeping because of this, so looking for support/suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Shusha on Oct 3, 2014 - 106 answers

Love an apartment, but the ratings are terrible online, what do I do?

I found an apartment I really like, at the price I want, in the location I want, but the reviews online say that there are many problems with AC/Heat, water system and washer dryer units. Is there any way I can approach the leasing office with those poor reviews and get some kind of real assurance that those problems are fixed or maybe have the lease modified so we can get reimbursed if those sorts of problems occur, or should I just pass on it?
posted by empath on Sep 29, 2014 - 30 answers

Avoiding a dispute over the move out date, and the security deposit.

This is in Seattle, WA. I live with my landlord in a furnished house, where I rent a room. I gave more than 30 days written notice. My lease ends Tuesday, Sept 30th. I intend to be completely out of there, and completely cleaned up, by that evening, ready to hand over the keys. However, she wants to put off the key handover and walkthrough until Saturday, October 4th. Will there be legal ramifications if she does this? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Sep 28, 2014 - 18 answers

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

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