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… Read More » 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. AOL Real Estate Guides helps take the guesswork out of renting for first-time renters and seasoned apartment dwellers alike. Our experts cover all the fundamental topics of renting starting with the big question-is renting right for you? -and guides on 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. It's a renter's world out there-be informed and know your rights with the help of AOL Real Estate Guides. Show Less »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.