WYL Blog: Renter Resources

How to De-Escalate 3 Types of Arguments with a Roommate Effectively

How to De-Escalate 3 Types of Arguments with a Roommate Effectively

Living with someone can present certain challenges. The best way to get along with a roommate is to be flexible and compromising.Here are some tips on how to de-escalate issues and arguments with your roommates. ...

How Income Inequality and Racial Disparities affect Housing

How Income Inequality and Racial Disparities affect Housing

The issue of income inequality doesn’t lie in working harder; it lies in a system created to encourage downward mobility rather than real opportunity for financial strength and prospering.  ...

8 Ways to Refresh Your Space on a Budget

8 Ways to Refresh Your Space on a Budget

It can be pretty costly to renovate your home. Furniture isn’t cheap, and redecorating comes at a cost too. Here are 8 inexpensive ways to refresh your space on a budget.   ...

6 Ways to Save On Moving Costs

6 Ways to Save On Moving Costs

Moving isn’t cheap but it can be made more affordable. Here are several ways to save on moving costs! ...

7 Ways to Make your Landlord More Responsive to your Requests

7 Ways to Make your Landlord More Responsive to your Requests

Landlords should be accessible and receptive to their tenants’ calls, texts, emails or other communications. Here are some ways to act so your landlord will be more responsive to you. ...

How to Find a Sublet For Your Lease

How to Find a Sublet For Your Lease

If you're moving out before your lease is over, subletting is the only way to save your money while meeting the lease requirements. Read on if you’re looking for ways to sublet your apartment.   ...

5 Tips to Maximize Storage in Your Space

5 Tips to Maximize Storage in Your Space

Living in a city has so many perks but extra storage rarely seems to be one of them. Here are some creative ways to maximize your storage space. ...

Why the Pandemic May be a Good Time to Find a New Apartment

Why the Pandemic May be a Good Time to Find a New Apartment

It may be counterintuitive to consider moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to lack of demand, job losses and declining confidence in the rental market, you may be able to take advantage of the market downturn and gain an edge. Here are ways you can capitalize on the downturn in the rental market when considering moving to ...

3 Things to Consider Before your Lease is up During COVID-19

3 Things to Consider Before your Lease is up During COVID-19

With the world constantly changing as a result of COVID-19, it’s important to start thinking about how to find a new place to live, before your current lease is up. The rental market is very volatile at this time, so it’s crucial to be critical when thinking about your next move. COVID-19 is not going anywhere for now, so ...

How to Get Your Security Deposit Back From Your Landlord

How to Get Your Security Deposit Back From Your Landlord

Security deposits are usually required when leasing apartments. Although it's uncommon for a landlord or an apartment manager to waive this fee, renters that have unblemished credit may be able to rent a property without having to pay this additional fee.  If you have paid a security deposit fee upon signing your apartment le ...

Understanding Philadelphia's Eviction Epidemic w/ Special Guest Michele Cohen

Understanding Philadelphia's Eviction Epidemic w/ Special Guest Michele Cohen

Last week I met with Michele Cohen, a Philadelphia attorney and leading advocate for renters' rights to learn about the troubling epidemic of evictions in Philadelphia. 1 in 12 renters in Philadelphia face eviction every year, a far higher rate than New York City or other comparable cities. In visiting the Municipal Court, I saw first-ha ...

Putting Together The Perfect Rental Resume

Putting Together The Perfect Rental Resume

Landlords are often cautious about who they decide to rent to. Understandably concerned about their future tenant’s ability to pay their rent on time, landlords often use credit scores, employment status, and previous rental experience to determine if you will be a trustworthy tenant. One of the toughest parts of the renting process is ...