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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

neighborhood group assets for all?

If you are part of a tenants and residents group or a homeowners' association, have you ever encountered a group which was the entrusted holder of equipment for use by anyone, all year? I am thinking of items that would be missed were they gone. I know a lot already about single-resident-initiated projects. I am more trying to find out if the presence of the items made you more proud or not in your neighborhood and if you ever use or used the item(s).
posted by parmanparman on Jan 28, 2014 - 5 answers

One of my tenants is acting erratically, and I am scared

One of the tenants in my house is sending me increasingly angry and delusional messages. I don't know what to do. He is set to move out at the end of the month. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Sep 18, 2013 - 24 answers

The story of the 3 Monkeys

Torn between being a busy body, saying something so someone can help, or stay the heck out and mind my own business. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Jul 30, 2012 - 47 answers

Should my friend risk a verbal lease in Chicago in an owner occupied 3-flat?

My friend is moving from out of state, and she had us go look at an apartment for her. We didn't like it very much, but the neighborhood is not bad and we walked around the block looking for 'for rent' signs. While out walking, we saw a mailman, so went up to ask him if he knew of any good places to rent. He immediately told us about this couple in a flat who have a floor to rent by word of mouth. He said they are nice people and have been living there for a long time. The mailman introduced us, and we checked the place out and recommended it to our friend. The friend called and the owners don't do written leases. While she'd really likes the sound of the place, she's uncomfortable about living in a place with a verbal lease and is worried she could lose her deposit (they want one month's rent). Is this normal? Do people often ask for verbal leases? Should she run away?
posted by bleary on Jul 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Raindrops keep falling on my head...literally...

How can I get the landlords to do something about our intermittently-leaky roof? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jul 12, 2012 - 6 answers

How to resolve gas inspection dispute?

UK tenant adivce-filter: Stuck with a "dangerous" boiler that perhaps isn't, between estate agents, mistrusting landlord and two different gas/heating companies. How do we keep ourselves safe (and warm)? [more inside]
posted by menialjoy on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Any advice for our landlord possibly going into foreclosure.

Landlord possibly going into foreclosure...what can we expect? [more inside]
posted by Shark Tail on Oct 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Our landlord is being foreclosed on.

Our landlord is being foreclosed on; do we need to be doing anything at this point to maximize our chances of (a) not having to leave before our lease is up and (b) getting our deposit back? [more inside]
posted by devinemissk on Jan 29, 2011 - 4 answers

How long is too long to wait for water?

[TenantsRightsFilter] I know that landlords and property management companies are required to provide hot water, but is there a time frame associated with this hot water? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Oct 17, 2010 - 23 answers

Where to post my rental in NY?

What are some good places in NY to post my apartment for rent? [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Jun 29, 2010 - 8 answers

I'm thinking Dead Kennedys had the right idea...

Is it within bounds to ask a landlord to waive a month's rent if we've been without AC for weeks due to poor decisions he's made? (extensive details inside) [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jun 15, 2010 - 6 answers

What should I do about a dog that is not supposed to live in the building?

The renters upstairs have a dog. Our lease clearly states no pets, and the dog barks all the time. I've talked to the guys upstairs about the dog, and they told me he would only be there another week. That was one month ago, and I still hear and see the dog daily. Should I approach the landlord, or is that petty? [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Jun 11, 2010 - 35 answers

Multiple Tenants on a Lease

I'm getting ready to rent a house with three classmates and close friends and have a quick question about the legalese of lease agreements for multiple tenants. [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Apr 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Moving on up, or not...

Buying House dramas: tenants in place we are due to settle don't want to move out by settlement, but we want to move in! [more inside]
posted by smoke on May 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Help me smoke the smokers.

NYC-Renters-filter. How do I make my management company make the ass-hat neighbors upstairs stop using our patio as an ash-tray. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Bad, bad tenants.

I'm asking a 2 part question for my mother. She currently rents out our old family home in south-west Sydney, and has had a real bitch of a time tenant-wise. More details follow. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jan 1, 2008 - 13 answers

tenant's rights versus the city's rights?

My mother recently inherited my grandmother's house, which has a small studio apartment attached to the house. The city forbids renting out parts of a house piecemeal, but an exception was granted for my grandmother. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Nov 13, 2007 - 10 answers

roommate gone need to show (locked) room

I have a roommate moving out and I need to show the room to possible tenants. The problem is he left for a couple weeks and locked his door. Is there a law stating the room has be available for showing, or am I out of luck for two weeks? Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
posted by debu on Sep 3, 2007 - 11 answers

Does a landlord have to reveal a roach infestation before renting an apartment?

Is there any chance of getting back first and last month's rent from a landlord who didn't reveal known problems with an apartment? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Aug 4, 2007 - 6 answers

Help for a rental refugee?

Can anyone provide advice, suggest tenant rights resources, courses of action or even refer a good pro-bono lawyer for a friend of mine who's getting screwed by her landlord during the conversion of her apartment complex from rentals to condos in Studio City, CA? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 29, 2007 - 11 answers

How to share a washer/dryer with other tenants?

So I found a new home. Its great. Only catch is this: there is a washer dryer hookup but I'm pretty sure its hooked up to only one of the unit's electric/gas (I'm not sure who's). This seems like this would ultimately lead to conflict. I'm trying to figure out a low stress solution to this problem. [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Jan 25, 2007 - 8 answers

Massachusetts residents, is my apartment legal?

Massachusetts residents, is my apartment legal? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Feb 22, 2006 - 21 answers

Choosing Tenants

I have a rental property and am about to rent it out for the first time. The trouble is, my potential tenants seem shaky to me. Two single mothers with a total of three kids. One has a foreclosure in the past and they have a few credit glitches. My property manager says he is 80% good on them. I'd like to give them a chance, but I am afraid I will get screwed. This is the first bite we've had on the property after a month of listing. Advice/horror stories/divine inspiration?
posted by Kafkaesque on Nov 9, 2004 - 21 answers

Where do the tenants go when a housing project is demolished?

Where do slum tenants relocate, once failed government housing like Cabrini-Green is demolished?
posted by four panels on Oct 24, 2004 - 5 answers

UK landlord / tenant laws

UK tenancy advice. Our landlord lied to us about neighbouring building works. [more inside]
posted by influx on Jul 20, 2004 - 11 answers

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