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Nebraska Town Starts Requiring Renters to Be Licensed

robotson/Flickr OMAHA, Neb. -- The small Nebraska city of Fremont has started requiring $5 licenses for anyone who wants to rent there as part of rules aimed at restricting illegal immigration. Fremont Police Chief Jeff Elliott said two applications were submitted Thursday morning and both people received licenses after... Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Chicago Acts to Soften Impact of Foreclosure on Renters

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Renters Now Able to Afford More, Report Says

By Shelby Bremer CoreLogic recently released its Rental Applicant Risk report for the first quarter of 2013, and it looks promising for consumers on the hunt for a place to rent this year. The report provides market-based research intended to shed some light on the housing market specifically for renters. Their Renter... Continue Reading »

U.S. Homeownership Rate Falls to 17-Year Low As More Rent

By Lucia Mutikani Homeownership in the United States hit a 17-year low in the first quarter as more Americans opted to rent, continuing a trend exacerbated by the collapse of the housing bubble. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate slipped to 65.2 percent, the lowest since the fourth quarter of 1995, the Commerce... Continue Reading »

Why Renters Are Still Driving America's Building Boom

By Nin-Hai Tseng As America's housing market slowly heals, good news is pouring in from homebuilders: They're building more; they're hiring more workers; they're building bigger houses. Still, some things haven't changed: Renters (as opposed to buyers) are still driving the rebound of the residential construction... 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 Rent.com survey... Continue Reading »

Renters Looking to Own Are Ready to Buy, PulteGroup Survey Says

Among renters who one day hope to own a home, a poll finds a dramatic increase in the number who now say that they intend to buy in the near future. Offering more evidence of a swing toward homeownership as the housing market continues to recover, the survey by PulteGroup reports that about 6 in 10 of those renters plan on... Continue Reading »

Lifelong Renters Dodged the Housing Bust but Not Buying a Home Could Cost Them

Isra Hashmi is one of the lucky ones. And even so, she's watched her mother sink under a $700,000 mortgage for a home in California that she never could afford to begin with on a physician's income. Hashmi's mother eventually had to walk away from the house. She's seen her brother have to abandon his home, too, after... Continue Reading »

New Renters in Modesto Reportedly Find Body of Fellow Tenant, Jorge Amador-Molina

Renters moving into a house in Modesto, Calif., were shocked this week to discover there the body of a man who'd been stabbed to death, police say. The stabbing victim was reportedly a local ice cream vendor who was also residing in the home. According to News10 television in Modesto, the new tenants (a couple who were... Continue Reading »

Housing Crisis Turns Some Ex-Homeowners Into Lifelong Renters

You couldn't pay Mark Williams to own a home again. "Give me the money for it," he said. "I'm still not buying a house." It's not that he always felt this way. Williams (pictured at left) did profit handsomely from the housing market's boom years, selling a Sacramento home in 2005 for more than twice as much as he... Continue Reading »

10 DIY Projects That Even Renters Can Do

By Scott Gamm NEW YORK -- Even though mortgage rates are at historically low levels, it's the rental market in many areas across the U.S. that is really heating up. Obtaining a mortgage is undoubtedly a strenuous process on the heels of tightened credit standards. Add to that the fact that many Americans simply can't... Continue Reading »

Renters: Home Improvements That Move With You

Even if you're just renting a place for a short time, it's important to personalize it with the style and conveniences that make you feel at home. If you'd like to make home improvements but hesitate because of longer-term living plans, consider projects that can move with you. "I'm a big proponent of 'make it yours,'... 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 »

New Year's Resolutions for Homebuyers

Like many homebuyers, you sat on the sidelines for the past few years -- watching the real estate market go from boom to bust -- and now you're just about ready to jump in. What renter wouldn't be at least toying with the idea of homeownership, with interest rates well below 5 percent and home prices having dropped more... Continue Reading »

10 Reasons to Be Thankful You're a Renter

The holiday season doesn't mean you are automatically thankful for everything about life. After all, you are still among the lowly renters in a world where it feels like everyone else owns. Let's face it, owners are the ones who have it made. Or are they? Here are 10 reasons to be thankful that you rent: Continue Reading »

Homeowners Worth More Than Renters

Homeowners may finally have something to smile about. A report by the National Association of Realtors reveals that homeowners' net worth is roughly 41 times that of the average renter. In dollars and cents, the group estimates that the average homeowner's net worth ranges from $150,000 to $200,000, thanks primarily to... Continue Reading »

Renters Insurance: What It Does and Doesn't Do

Most people do not sit around waiting for the worst to happen. However, with a nearly 10 percent unemployment rate, it takes only a bit of common sense to assume that increased criminal activity in the U.S. might soon follow. "When I bought a home I was required by the banks -- who have a vested interest in the property... Continue Reading »

A Flea Grows in Brooklyn

It's not an exaggeration to say that the Brooklyn Flea -- an immense artisan market at the crossroads of Ft. Greene and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- has transformed Saturday mornings in the neighborhood. "For one thing, I've been told we've changed the primary brunch day from Sunday to Saturday," jokes Eric Demby, who... Continue Reading »

Halloween Pet Parade Puts on the Dog for Charity

The story of what's likely the world's largest pet-centric Halloween parade -- and an unlikely charity event -- starts with a lonely dog and his sociable owner. About a decade ago, Justin Rudd of Long Beach, Calif. thought his English bulldog, Rosie, could use canine companionship. So he started an informal, weekly "yappy... 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 »

Generation Y: Dragging Down the Housing Market?

Attention, Generation Y! You're screwing everything up -- again! Apparently, there are relatively few members of Gen Y, those born from 1977 to 1989, who are homeowners -- still. First came the accusations that young adults -- those self-esteem-inflated, coddled slackers -- were a contributing factor to the housing... Continue Reading »

Lessons From Young House Love: What Renting Can Teach You

Young House Love is a popular blog that follows the design and do-it-yourself adventures of two young home owners, Sherry and John Petersik. We wondered: What did these former renters-turned-homeowners learn from their time as renters? One of the biggest lessons: How to make a small space seem larger. RentedSpaces: You... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Living in an Unfinished Building

Dear Apartment Guru, I moved into a new building before some major parts of the shared areas were completed. Our elevators only work occasionally and electricity is turned off and on at random during the day. There is still no carpeting in the hallways and sometimes I find the front door has been propped open by... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Obsessive Safety Concerns

Dear Apartment Guru, A friend of mine died several years ago from carbon monoxide poisoning in a home equipped with a faulty detector. When I was little, two of my cousins were in a terrifying house fire that started because of faulty electrical wiring -- one cousin was badly burned. I know that these things have helped... Continue Reading »

Not-So-HighTimes: London Rental Wrecked by Weed Growers

It was a simple plan: Two fake renters (or should we call them "plants"?) lease a house and the real tenants turn it into a cannabis factory. The owner thought he was renting his home to two young women. Instead, his house and garage was being used to grow over 200 marijuana plants worth thousands. The Workingham Times... Continue Reading »

Where Is the Affordable Housing?

The recession may be over according to some economists, but it's still in full swing for low-income renters. A typical family needs to earn $18.44 an hour, or nearly $38,360 a year, in order to afford a modest rental home; that's according to a survey by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington D.C.-based... Continue Reading »

And the 'Lords Taketh from Renters

It's a classic case of "come closer" turning into "get lost." The 'lords - landlords - have given, and now are taking, from renters. A perfect illustration of this is featured in The New York Times. The story begins when an Upper East Side apartment developer found himself in the unenviable position of having unsold... Continue Reading »

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