Renting Guide

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With no end in sight to the ups and downs of the housing market, more and more Americans are choosing to rent apartments or houses. Home ownership might still be a long-term goal, but for many renting can be the smarter and more affordable way to invest your housing dollars. Of course, renting has its own complexities too, from rental agreements to the tricky issues of how you decorate a home or apartment you don't own — questions that are better considered before you sign on the dotted line of your lease agreement. Our experts cover all the fundamental topics of renting including how-to rent regardless of bad credit, how-to negotiate with a landlord, how to get your security deposit back, even how to make that rental kitchen or bathroom look sparkling new.

Finding a Rental

Rental
Looking for a rental apartment needn't be hard work. While it's easy to get distracted by all the bells and whistles agents will throw at you, there are lots of essential factors to keep in mind while looking for a rental. How's the neighborhood? Is there an on-site maintenance person? What amenities come with your new apartment-and which can you negotiate for? Here are some more things to keep in mind before you start negotiating your lease.

Rental Issues

Rental Issues
Not everyone has an easy time getting a rental home or apartment. Maybe you're plagued with bad credit or you had past legal troubles with a landlord. Both can keep you from getting another apartment-but they don't have to. We'll tell you how to get around tricky renting issues.

Vacation Home Rentals

Vacation Rental Homes
Renting a home for a vacation can be much more cost effective than staying in a hotel, especially for large groups. With these great guides, we'll tell you how to find the perfect vacation rental, how to turn your home into a short term rental and even how to make a vacation rental your home.

Renting 101: Roommates and More

Renting - Roomates
Roommates: blessing or pain? (Sometimes they can be both!) Finding the right one is the trick. But how can you know you're compatible after just a brief chat? Here's a great guide about how to ask the right questions so you don't make a mistake with a future roommate, plus tips for other common rental issues.

Know Your Rental Rights

Rental Rights
Legal disputes with your landlord are no fun. Here's all the information you need to know to make sure you won't lose your deposit or turn off your landlord with an ongoing disagreement. Sometimes it's as easy as getting the right documentation.

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