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2013's Most Outrageous Stories in Real Estate

Chicago Police Dept. While 2013 was a year that saw a sudden scarcity of available single-family homes, affordable rentals and even foreclosures in many areas, the real estate sector saw no shortage of bizarre and outrageous tales. With more Americans pushed into renting, and more homeowners becoming "accidental... Continue Reading »

Millionaire Landlord Moves Into Crime-Plagued Community on a Mission

KTRK-TV Maybe it's about protecting an investment, or maybe it's about doing the right thing, or maybe it's a bit of both, but a millionaire landlord in Houston says that he's on a mission to make the crime-plagued neighborhood where he owns apartments a much safer place to live. And for starters, he's reportedly living... Continue Reading »

Criminal Charges Sought Against Landlord for Lack of Smoke Alarms

KWTV News 9 Criminal charges are being sought against a landlord in Oklahoma after three young girls were hospitalized with burns in a fire at one of his rental homes, which authorities say lacked a working smoke alarm. Agent Judah Sheppard with the Oklahoma Fire Marshal's office told an Oklahoma City TV station this... Continue Reading »

Destructive Tenant Reportedly Intimidates Couple Into Leaving Home

KARE There are those tenants who are so bad that their landlords force them to leave, then there's the tenant in Minnesota who was so bad that he forced his landlords to leave. That's the story being reported by a local TV station there: A tenant in the home of Terry and Kathy MacDonald of Golden Valley has been so... Continue Reading »

Evicted Tenant Allegedly Trashes House To Make It Uninhabitable

A tenant who's complained to news media about abandoned or unsafe homes in his South Bend, Ind., neighborhood has contributed to the problem himself by trashing the house he rented to the point where it's no longer inhabitable, says his former landlady. "Allen told me he would make sure the house was not rentable... Continue Reading »

County Housing Code Pushing College Students Out of Shared Home

Five college students are wondering where they will live next after their landlords were denied a special-use permit allowing the young women to continue occupying a three-bedroom single-family home in northern Georgia. Less than two weeks after moving into the house, neighbors complained that the students were violating... Continue Reading »

Smart and Legal Ways to Break an Apartment Lease

By Niccole Schreck Life is uncertain. Sometimes, even when you've done your best, circumstances force you to drastically change your plans. Whether you have to relocate for a job, your roommate or significant other flakes out on you or you just can't afford to stay, knowing how to break an apartment lease without digging... Continue Reading »

4 Ways to Say Goodbye to a Security Deposit

By Jennifer Calonia Transitioning between apartments or into a new home is time intensive, and moving costs often make it really expensive. However, ensuring that the security deposit from your first residence is returned in whole can help minimize the overall expense of relocating. A security deposit, a cash guarantee... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Victims Keep Battling Landlord Over Black Mold

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Former Tenant's Critical Yelp Review Might Be Libelous, Court Rules

There are better ways to express your frustration with your landlord -- or even a former landlord -- than to post anonymous comments online. One California man who announced his displeasure for his former landlords in a Yelp review learned that the hard way when it was ruled that his statements were potentially libelous... Continue Reading »

Family Made Homeless by Hurricane Sandy Feels Victimized Again

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Jewish Man Claims Religious Display Got Him Evicted

An Orthodox Jew claims that when he refused to remove a religious object from a doorpost at his Long Island home that his landlady evicted him. Arye Sachs, 53, filed a federal lawsuit against his landlord after his mezuzah, an encased parchment inscribed with a Biblical blessing, was missing from his doorpost when he... Continue Reading »

When a Landlord Can Put Your Life in Danger

After a long and arduous apartment search in Brooklyn, Megan Isenstadt and Benjamin Sirota finally found the place of their dreams. The apartment in a cute brownstone building came with its own issues -- but so do most places in New York City. Sometimes their windows wouldn't shut all the way and wood slats in the floor... Continue Reading »

Tenants of Manhattan Complex Irate Over Mid-Lease Rent Hikes

Tenants of a New York City apartment complex are fuming after its owner raised their rents -- some by more than $1,000 a month -- in the middle of their leases, WABC-TV in New York reported. Residents of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village complex on the east side of Manhattan got the surprise rent hikes when... Continue Reading »

Tenants: Stench of Death Makes St. Louis Complex 'Unlivable'

We've seen some pretty bad things drive tenants out of their apartments and homes -- sewage leaks, mold, rodents and bedbugs -- but this case is easily one of the most morbid. Residents of a St. Louis, Mo., apartment complex are in an "unlivable" situation due to the strong, putrid smell of a decaying body permeating the... Continue Reading »

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