We are looking at buying a house with a tenant - after years of being a renter, I might become a landlord! How do I make sure I'm a good landlord, but also make sure to protect my property and myself? As a renter, I know that I've been screened through some background and credit checking services, should I use one of these services as a landlord? If so, which one (or how do I choose one)? What else should I be thinking about?
I live in a studio apartment with parquet flooring. The building is old for one in Toronto (~25 years), and the heating comes from pipes embedded in the ceiling of the room. The tenants right under my unit have their heat constantly turned on, which means my floor is constantly hot. Turning on my AC and two fans all the time doesn't solve the problem, and is borderline surreal as I embark on yet another Toronto winter. [more inside]
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]
Expats living in London, renting the ground floor flat of a house. We don't have much in the way of high-value possessions aside from laptops, TV, bike, clothing, but we should probably get them covered. Please recommend a good policy or insurance company. [more inside]
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.
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]
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).
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]
Torn between being a busy body, saying something so someone can help, or stay the heck out and mind my own business. [more inside]
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?
How can I get the landlords to do something about our intermittently-leaky roof? [more inside]
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]
Landlord possibly going into foreclosure...what can we expect? [more inside]
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]
[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]
What are some good places in NY to post my apartment for rent? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Massachusetts residents, is my apartment legal? [more inside]
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?
Where do slum tenants relocate, once failed government housing like Cabrini-Green is demolished?
UK tenancy advice. Our landlord lied to us about neighbouring building works. [more inside]