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For Renters: 5 Keys to Dealing With Landlords

Shutterstock By AJ Smith Many people dream of one day having a home of their own. But since buying a home can be very expensive, on the road to making that dream a reality, we rent. There are pros and cons for both living situations. As a renter, you may not have to worry about maintenance, but you do have to deal with... Continue Reading »

Who's Responsible for Mold in Your Apartment? (VIDEO)

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Imagine your own home making you sick. When mold -- and we mean more than that stuff growing on your month-old sandwich in the fridge -- starts taking over your apartment, it can cause serious health problems, such as nausea, fatigue, rashes, hemorrhaging and... Continue Reading »

Security Deposit Refund: 1 in 4 Renters Don't Get Their Money Back, Survey Finds

Most renters expect a refund on their security deposit when they move out of their apartment (save for those who have completely trashed the place). But a hefty percentage of renters aren't getting their money back. More than a quarter -- 26 percent -- of renters have been denied their security deposits, a survey... Continue Reading »

Secondhand Smoke in Apartment Buildings: Can You Make Your Neighbor Stop Puffing Inside?

Just because you keep your own apartment smoke-free doesn't mean that you're not still breathing in secondhand smoke from your neighbor. Cigarette smoke can easily seep into next-door apartments in multi-unit buildings, and millions of Americans are affected by this every day, according to a new study. But is there... Continue Reading »

When Renters Get Snared in Foreclosure's Web

When homeowners fall into foreclosure, the consequences are dire. But when landlords run afoul of their lenders, it can be the tenants who suffer most. For New Yorker Ingrid Soto, her apartment building in the Bronx (pictured above) has been in and out of foreclosure since 2007, and it's pushed this mother to the... 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 »

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 »

Foreclosure Eviction: What It Means for Renters

Renters now have legal rights against eviction due to foreclosure, but not necessarily housing security. New laws give renters a reasonable 90-day notice of foreclosure eviction and, in most cases, protect their lease agreement. However, both of these safeguards still can be circumvented. While the foreclosure laws... Continue Reading »

Six Ways to Make Sure You Get Back Your Security Deposit

"I was told by the previous tenant before I moved in that my landlord never gave back the security deposit, so I should just plan for that," says Bea Lowey of Medford, Mass. "But I really didn't want to lose all of that money for no reason." Surprisingly, more people than you would think are willing to forgo the security... Continue Reading »

Renters' Rights Violated by Foreclosed Property Owners

It's not only homeowners who are under pressure from the real estate market's slow recovery. Renters are experiencing it, too. But in their case, it's often property owners who are applying it, in violation of a law passed last year by President Obama under the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act. The act states that... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Spare Rooms Into Spare Cash

Dear Apartment Guru, I've been posting Craigslist ads for vacationers to stay with me for the past few months. I live in a city that is a popular vacation spot and am able to charge enough so that I don't have to replace my roommate who moved out seven months ago. Recently I told a friend who lives in our building and... Continue Reading »

Your Rental Deposit Returned in Three Steps

Renting an apartment or any type of residence is relatively simple. You discover a vacant unit, call to arrange a showing, fill out a rental application, sign and write a check for the deposit -- and you're in! But the moving out process can be more stressful or difficult. Personal experience leads me to propose a simple... Continue Reading »

Are Renters the White Trash of NYC Condos?

Some new condo buildings in NYC are treating renters like second class citizens. Curbed details the humiliations, which include barring renters from full use of the common spaces and lackadaisical response to repair requests. "Neighbors think they're no-good party animals who lack respect because they're not invested in... Continue Reading »

Mobile Home Residents Staying Put

A group of Texas mobile home owners are making news. The residents of the Pasadena Park mobile home community banded together and collectively purchased the land on which their homes sit. It's a move that affordable-housing advocates applaud. Pasadena Park residents also seem to be in alignment with a co-housing trend... Continue Reading »

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