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Tenants' Door Won't Close in Extreme Cold [Video]

WBND As if the cold outside isn't bad enough this winter, a family in northern Indiana has had to endure freezing temperatures inside as a door at their rented home has continually been forced open by the harsh weather. But the response from the landlord about fixing the problem has been chilly so far, reports a South Bend... Continue Reading »

Pot Smoking Draws Fire From Tenants, Landlords in Colorado

KUSA Coloradans who think that the state's recent legalization of marijuana now makes it OK to fire up a joint at home might be in for a shock. If they're renting, they might be subject to a crackdown by landlords and protests from fellow tenants. Denver station KUSA already reports a flurry of contacts from renters in... Continue Reading »

Landlords Can Get Tougher on Tenants Under New Law

AP MADISON, WISC. -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a Republican-sponsored bill that gives landlords more power over tenants. Walker signed the bill privately Thursday. It allows landlords to dispose of any property an evicted tenant leaves behind, immediately tow parked vehicles and toss tenants out if a crime... 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 »

Call 911 and Risk Eviction? Case to Test Legality of Tenant Rules

Getty Images PHILADELPHIA -- A federal judge on Thursday ordered a trial to decide whether towns can force the eviction of tenants who make too many 911 calls, a national test case pitting free speech rights against community safety concerns. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno said he expects the "complex and novel"... Continue Reading »

How 'Accidental Landlords' Say They Fell Victim to Nonpaying Tenants

A Minnesota couple who signed rental agreements on Twin Cities-area homes reportedly managed to live rent-free for months after moving in and allegedly refusing to pay rent. By the time their eviction made it through the court process, though, their landlords were out thousands of dollars, says a local TV station. When... Continue Reading »

Alleged Thieves May Have Collected Rent on Someone Else's Foreclosure

Alleged thieves apparently broke in to a foreclosure home in north St. Louis, changed the locks so that they had keys to the house, forged ownership papers, and then rented the place out to an unsuspecting family. Police have charged suspects Winston Clay and Todd Edwards with forgery and stealing. Renter Bertha... Continue Reading »

How to Choose an Investment Property That Earns You the Most

By Jeff Brown What type of investment property should you buy -- a condo or single-family home? Until recently, that was a trick question, as real estate was too risky and illiquid for most investors. But growing evidence of a rebound in the housing market reduces the risk your investment property would lose value. Rising... Continue Reading »

Faye Dunaway Leaves Apartment Amid Rent Lawsuit

Never mind the fact that Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway is in a legal dispute with her New York landlord -- the real scoop is that a celebrity of her caliber was paying peanuts for a one-bedroom walk-up on the Upper East Side. The New York Times reported that the 70-year-old star, who made a name for herself in such... Continue Reading »

How to Rent in a Landlord's World: Tips for Today's Market

If your rent went up this spring, you are not alone. The rental market is playing out a classic supply-and-demand scenario: Demand is increasing and supply has remained neutral as existing renters have stayed put. Add to that rising costs for oil, and gas, and the result is a bigger monthly tab for renters. In the first... Continue Reading »

Life After Foreclosure: 7 Tips for Finding a Rental

For the thousands of families affected by foreclosure, finding a new home can prove difficult and time-consuming. Many landlords require credit checks for tenants, which can seriously limit your options after defaulting on a mortgage. For those unlucky enough to fall in this transient category, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox from... Continue Reading »

More Than 100 Tenants Evicted Due to Mold

Nearly 100 tenants of an apartment complex in Lexington, Ky., are being evicted by a new owner who says many of the units are unsafe because of mold and plumbing problems. The Sonnet Cove Apartments, which had fallen into foreclosure unbeknown to many residents, were purchased March 29 by Lakeshore Apartments Associates,... Continue Reading »

Can Renters Buy Their Own Appliances?

Renters, have you ever lived in a rental with the kind of refrigerator that could only fit a pint of milk and an apple? Ever dreamed of a top-load washing machine that didn't shred your favorite T-shirts? Ever wish you had a dryer that actually dried your towels in the first cycle rather than the fourth? Sometimes being a... Continue Reading »

Renters: How to Make Your Landlord Love You

"My landlord in the first place I ever rented was amazing," says Anya Novak, a nonprofit manager in Los Angeles. "So I was really taken aback when I got a landlord who never answered my calls, much less dealt with my problems." Not all landlords and building managers are the kind that call and ask how everything is going.... Continue Reading »

Noisy Neighbors Get Noticed in Narragansett

In the sleepy seaside community of Narragansett, R. I., noisy neighbors get a 10-by-14-inch orange sticker slapped on the front door of their homes. Now some landlords are raising the volume of their complaints about the ordinance that permits the stickers to be posted, arguing they lower real estate values and the rents... Continue Reading »

Tenants: Keep Your Landlord in Check

The landlord tenant relationship is a notoriously difficult one. More often than not, it's an unbalanced struggle of power. But there are measures that tenants can take to keep the peace at home. Renters shouldn't live in a place that barely passes code, but rather a place of comfort and safety lasting more than a 12... Continue Reading »

Be a Great Tenant, in Landlord's View

When Todd Toler, a web developer, and his wife, wanted to become homeowners, they weren't sure how to approach their landlord. However, Toler had a good relationship with his landlord and decided to let him know their situation outright. Even though they still had six more months on their lease, the landlord agreed to... Continue Reading »

Pest Control: Your Problem or Your Landlord's?

Tatiana Enriquez of Miami's North Bay Village had a pest control problem. She'd wake in the night to find giant cockroaches frolicking in her apartment. But there was nothing in her rental lease that obligated her landlord to deal with the infestation, so she was on her own. It's not unusual for rental apartments to have... Continue Reading »

Suing a Landlord in 7 Steps

When Maria Gonzales' landlord moved into the basement of her home and wouldn't leave, Gonzales consulted a real estate attorney at $375 per hour to learn how to boot the lady out, sue her, or at least break the lease and get back the security deposit. Gonzales and her husband David (not their real names), thought the... Continue Reading »

Tenants' Rights When Landlord Breaks Rental Agreement

Most people would agree that having a big shade tree on their property is a good thing. One renter in Charlotte, N.C. was under that impression -- until it started growing through a wall of his apartment. His first course of action was notifying his landlord of the problem. He called the landlord, e-mailed him and sent a... Continue Reading »

NYC Rentals More Expensive and Harder to Get

Renters have been enjoying the upper hand for quite a while now, asking -- and getting -- landlords to pay a free month's rent and sometimes even broker's fees. But the ongoing economic crisis has prompted landlords in New York City to do the unexpected, raise rents and do more stringent reference checks, according to the... Continue Reading »

Preparing for a Tighter Rental Market

When Nora Hill was six months pregnant, she and her husband Dietrich moved out of their $650-per-month apartment and in with his parents in Atlanta. That was about a year ago. Hill, a nutritional assistant in Cobb County, Ga., and her 31-year-old husband, a supervisor at UPS, didn't receive pay raises the last two years... Continue Reading »

Bedbugs Disclosures Now Required by NY State

The state of New York is putting its foot down, but not before making sure the floor is clean. State housing officials will now require landlords to disclose whether bedbugs have been reported in a rental apartment or anywhere in the building. Gov. David Paterson approved a law two weeks ago that demands building owners... Continue Reading »

Dita Von Teese Sues Landlord in Security Deposit Dispute

Burlesque revivalist Dita Von Teese on Monday filed a lawsuit against her former landlord, whom she says "went on Mel Gibson-like anti-Semitic tangents, personally attacking [Von Teese's] Jewish managers and business partners" when she sought the return of her $5,000 security deposit. Von Teese, who lived for four years... Continue Reading »

Cali Landlords: Paws off our Pets!

Pet owners and animal rights activists are excited about a proposed California bill. Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D- Santa Barbara), a candidate for state attorney general, introduced legislation that would ban landlords from requiring that tenants' cats are declawed or their dogs are de-barked. Who except the least... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: The Mooch Upstairs

Dear Apartment Guru, I am a homeowner who intended to rent out the top floor of my home. I did a lot of work myself but was unable to finish the place up. Five months ago a friend of mine who is a skilled carpenter contacted me looking for an affordable place to live. We made a deal that he would work on the place for... Continue Reading »

Want to Renovate? Make Your Landlord Pay

Landlords are in the commodity business. While there are very few differences between rental units, smart real estate investors (a.k.a.your future landlord) look for properties that give them a clear competitive advantage over a similar property in the same neighborhood. It could be the view, it could be renovations, it... Continue Reading »

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Bail on Annoying Manhattan Rental

Even celebrities aren't immune to New York City rental hassles. As New York magazine recently reported, indie-darlings Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard decided to move to Brooklyn after getting fed up with landlord problems. The couple had been renting a "big, beautiful, raw" loft on Greenwich Street "super-cheaply"... Continue Reading »

How to Handle a Non-Responsive Landlord

What is my landlord's problem? Why won't the landlord return my calls? After all, s/he cashes my check every month...!If you've experienced this frustration you know how aggravating it can be when a landlord is MIA. Here is a list of escalating strategies to get your landlord's attention. Continue Reading »

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