Renter’s Advice and Resources

Renter’s Advice and Resources

What is Normal Wear and Tear?

Oh My Apartment

 · Oct 5, 2009

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As you live in an apartment, there’s a certain level of wear and tear that’s normal. Just by doing things like walking over the carpet on a daily basis or running the heater during the winter, you’re going to wear out your carpet and appliances just a little bit. It isn’t damage, because it will […]

Knowing your renter rights will protect you from losing money or getting ripped off. Some landlords tend to violate renter rights in the same ways. Here are some common examples to watch out for: 1. Your Landlord Asks too Much for Deposits Your state’s law sets a limit as to much your landlord is allowed […]

Staff Writer

 · Sep 22, 2009

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First-time renters are understandably excited when they move into their new apartment. It’s often a big step toward independence from their parents and a rite of passage. In the midst of that excitement and new-found freedom, they can quickly get themselves into trouble. Here are 8 common mistakes made by first-time renters. Mistake #1: Paying […]

Daphne Mallory

 · Sep 17, 2009

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You have found the perfect apartment or house to rent and are ready to sign the lease agreement. Before you do, make sure you carefully read it over, especially the section relating to the required security deposit. It is important for you to be aware of the landlord tenant act in your state, so that […]

Emily Gojko

 · Aug 23, 2009

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Hiring an attorney is usually the last thing on your mind when renting an apartment. Location, amenities, rent and apartment layout are the topics you’ll think of first, when talking about apartment living. Unfortunately, as with all things in life, something concerning your tenancy could go awry and put your rights in jeopardy. That’s when […]

Lisa Bernstein

 · Aug 11, 2009

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When renting an apartment, a security deposit is one of the expenses you will face. Unlike your monthly rent, which is a set amount, there are circumstances under which your entire security deposit  may not be returned. Naturally, you would like to maximize the odds of having your security deposit returned when you move out. […]

Lisa Bernstein

 · Aug 9, 2009

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Once your rental application has been accepted, and you are ready to sign the lease agreement, it is important to remember that signing a lease is a serious matter. Leases are legal documents, so it is important that the agreement is clear and complete. In order to be complete, the agreement should include the provisions detailed […]

Emily Gojko

 · Aug 8, 2009

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With so much to think about as you plan your apartment search, there are a myriad of details that can be overlooked. It may help to sit down and answer a few questions or to make a list of things to remember during your search. 1. What Kind of Features Will You Need? Jot down […]

Staff Writer

 · Aug 6, 2009

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Posting a security deposit can take a large chunk out of your wallet. Some security deposits can be as much as first and last month’s rent. You want to make every last ditch effort possible to ensure that your security deposit is returned. Giving Proper Notice When you are moving out, make sure that you […]

Emily Gojko

 · Jul 23, 2009

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A security deposit is a sum of money that your landlord requires you to pay before you move into your apartment. Your landlord will hold onto the security deposit until you move out. The purpose of the security deposit is to protect your landlord in case you damage the apartment during the time you are […]

Lisa Bernstein

 · Jul 22, 2009

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