Know Before You Rent

Low Stress Moving: Introducing Your New Teammate

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Anyone who has packed up everything they own and hauled it across town, across the state or across the country knows that moving stress can be overwhelming. In fact, one study ranked moving the No. 3 most stressful activity a human can undertake, just behind divorce and death. Cable must be cancelled, mail re-routed, neighbors […]

It’s Easier to Rent without a Pet – Lose the pet?

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Finding a new apartment is a giant undertaking, and you want to have everything lined up and ready to go if the perfect rental unit becomes available within your price range. But before you rush to sign on the dotted line of your lease agreement, it’s good to read the fine print on what the […]

Are the Processing Fees Being Charged by a Landlord Fair or Not?

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In addition to rent, landlords do have the ability to charge certain processing fees. But what is considered the standard for landlord fees? Security deposit – Many landlords will charge for a security deposit. Sometimes it will be the total of one month’s rent, other times it will be a set dollar figure. This money […]

How to Negotiate a Better Monthly Rent Payment

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You want the best rental you can afford, but what if you could get a little bit more? What if the place of your dreams was just a little cheaper? Too good to be true, right? Not if you approach your next lease discussion with an eye on negotiating. Here’s how to negotiate a better […]

What are the Ramifications of Having Multiple People on a Rental Agreement?

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Sharing an apartment or a rental house with friends is a great way to save money. Plus, some people love the social connection of always having friends around. But signing a lease agreement with multiple people can also create problems – especially if the friendships fall apart. One person wants to leave prior to the […]

What to Know About Rental Agreements Before You Sign

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First-time renters often are so excited about living on their own – no parents in sight – that they often don’t carefully review the lease agreement prior to signing. What all renters should know is a rental agreement – or lease – is a contract. It specifies exactly what responsibilities the landlord has, including maintenance […]

Can Landlords Fine Tenants?

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When rules are broken in communities, fines and penalties are imposed upon the rule breaker(s) based upon the laws established in the community. But when it comes to apartment complexes overseen by a landlord or management company, conventions vary on if landlords can fine tenants. Here are some general concepts on if landlords can fine […]

What Needs to be Done Once the Apartment Lease is Signed?

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Once you’ve signed on the dotted line for the lease to your new rental housing and the keys have been handed over, what’s next on your must-do job list? Many renters want to start the moving-in process immediately, but before they plug in their lamp, they’ll need to get the electricity turned on. If the […]

Should You Have Renters Insurance? Yes. Here are Some Tips.

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When it comes to apartment living, landlords traditionally handle property maintenance both in the apartment and outside. And if extreme weather or a broken pipe causes damage, again, traditionally it’s the landlord’s responsibility to fix the damage. However, the landlord’s responsibility stops when it comes to the belongings inside the apartment. Renters may want to […]