Legal Issues & Renting

What is the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) & Why Should Renters Care?

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The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is a division of the U.S. Treasury and operates under Presidential authority powers. The OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions in accordance with U.S. policy and plays a role in tracking international terrorists. Virtually all financial transactions with at least one international party pass through […]

Your Rental History & the Consequences of Subleasing

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Getting promoted or facing a change-in-life situation often signals a positive in life. However, when that change involves moving, and you have a lease agreement that doesn’t expire for some time, you have a hard decision to make. This decision can have an impact upon your rental history report. Subleasing might be the only option […]

Not Giving Proper Notice to Vacate Can Affect Your Rental History Report

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Did you know that not giving your landlord proper notice to vacate can affect your rental history report? You’ve been living in your apartment for some time now. It’s in a great location, your kids are able to attend excellent schools, you can get to work quickly and easily, and the apartment has really worked […]

Will an Eviction Record Result from Breaking My Lease?

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Many temptations entice apartment tenants to break a lease agreement. Parking in the wrong spot – even though it’s closer to the door; bringing a cat or dog into the home when pets aren’t allowed; subletting if you’ve decided to move elsewhere; not paying rent – the list goes on and on of ways a […]

What If There Are Problems with the Apartment or House I’m Renting?

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Life is good when there aren’t any problems, but when a toilet starts leaking, a pipe breaks, mice move into the ceiling or a door won’t properly lock, the problems can be at best annoying, and at worst, dangerous. For homeowners, problems usually are fixed quickly, either as a do-it-yourself project or by calling in […]

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 […]

What Could Happen If You Break Your Lease Rules?

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The lease says no pets, but that adorable puppy in the window at the animal shelter captured your heart, and you can’t resist. What could happen? No one will ever know, right? Maybe and maybe not. Breaking a lease can result in dramatic action, like eviction, or minor consequences, like a figurative slap on the […]

Being Evicted? What Are Your Rights? What Shows Up On Your Rental History Report?

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A notice of eviction is often no surprise for tenants. Usually eviction occurs when a tenant fails to pay rent or breaks their lease in some way. Landlords have legal requirements they must follow to start the eviction process, however tenants also have rights. Legal action against eviction notices Tenants can bring a counter-claim action […]

What Should I Do If I Have a Problem with a Landlord When Renting?

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Tenants living in a larger apartment complex might see a turnover in landlord managers during the duration of their lease. This is because management companies often oversee the complex, and assign an employee of the company to landlord duties. Because of this turnover, a renter might deal with one person when applying for and signing […]

How can I get out of a rental contract?

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Rental leases are made to protect both landlords and tenants for the duration of the lease. But many times tenants want to get out of a rental contract early because of a change in life situation (marriage, birth of a child or divorce, to name a few) or need a change in location due to […]