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Tenant Won't Pay Rent? Ways for Landlords to Deal With Deadbeat Renters

What do you do when a tenant won't pay rent? Your first thought might be immediate eviction. Not so fast -- your ability to do that depends on the laws governing the area where you live. Landlords in New York, for example? They've got it tough. According to New York law, landlords require court intervention in... 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 »

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 »

Rahm Emanuel Wants Chicago Tenant Out

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel wants to spend more time at home in Chicago as he considers his bid for mayor of the Windy City. There's just one problem: His tenants don't want to move out just yet. Of course unaware that Mayor Richard M. Daley would announce on Sept. 7 that he would not run again for mayor in... Continue Reading »

Chicago: Law's Revamp Would Help Foreclosed-On Renters Recover Deposits

Security deposits haven't been that secure for many Chicago tenants lately, especially after foreclosures forced occupants from more than 8,500 rental units in 2009. That ended up costing renters as much as $7.3 million in lost deposits. Current city law requires landlords to return security deposits to displaced... Continue Reading »

Should Landlords Act Like Parents?

How would you enjoy your landlord going parental on you by scolding and punishing you? Yep, that nightmare might arrive for unfortunate renters in Chambersburg, Pa. A new ordinance is being discussed that would hold landlords responsible for tenant's bad behavior. Yikes! Let's ignore the first assumption that rental... 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 »

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 »

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