How to Split Expenses With Your Roommates

How to Split Expenses With Your Roommates

It’s important to have conversations with your roommates about how you'd like to split costs to avoid conflicts down the road. From dividing the rent of your rental unit to splitting the cost of toilet paper, the following tips and tools will help you manage recurring and unexpected expenses with your roommates. ...

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 ...

One Tool That’ll Help You Keep Your Cap Table Looking Right!

One Tool That’ll Help You Keep Your Cap Table Looking Right!

Sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks   “Raising money is a full-time job.” -Every entrepreneur ever   That’s at a baseline. Over the last four years, I’ve found this to be true myself, as we’ve built WYL. While I could speak to a myriad of factors that have played into this, beyond the scope of the business and p ...

Ideas to Get Your Apartment

Ideas to Get Your Apartment "Rent-Ready"

You may have decided to rent your apartment, but this doesn’t mean that you should put it on the market immediately, especially if you want your future tenants to be fully satisfied and ready to pay good money for it. So, instead of rushing things, take your time to prepare and improve your apartment as much as possible. If you need s ...

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep. 1: Tonya Rapley

WYL Take Ownership Podcast Ep. 1: Tonya Rapley

  Spearheading our very first episode of The Whose Your Landlord Take Ownership podcast is none other than Tonya Rapley. Tonya Rapley is a coach, entrepreneur, and founder of My Fab Finance. Having been deemed the “New Face of Wealth Building” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2014, Tonya has also appeared in outlets such as ...

Three Places Asbestos Can Hide in Your Apartment

Three Places Asbestos Can Hide in Your Apartment

While transforming a new apartment or house into a home, it is common to be consumed with issues ranging from aesthetics to functionality. Oftentimes, our focus narrows in on old carpets, the need for a fresh coat of paint, or the mold in the bathroom. It’s easy to overlook the possibility of a deadly toxin, like asbestos while making ...

What To Do If You Roof Is Leaking

What To Do If You Roof Is Leaking

As a renter, you have to rely on your landlord to handle a few problems here and there. You may or may not be familiar with whose responsibility it is to handle what in certain situations, but that's where Whose Your Landlord comes in. Severe weather can wreak havoc on your apartment building's roof, but so can general wear and tear, or ...

Can I Withhold Rent For Mice?

Can I Withhold Rent For Mice?

Some people find mice cute. Others find them repulsive. Regardless of which side you stand on, you certainly don't want them living amongst you in your apartment. If you have mice or any other kind of vermin in your apartment, you may be wondering whether it's your responsibility or your landlords to rid the area of infestation. In most ...

Having Trouble with Roaches?

Having Trouble with Roaches?

Picture yourself in your apartment, making dinner or relaxing on the couch when suddenly a cockroach crosses your path. Your initial reaction is that of fight or flight, but once you've handled the situation, you start to wonder what you're going to do to eliminate the problem. Do you call your landlord, pest control, or both? Whose Your ...

Can I Withhold Rent For No Hot Water?

Can I Withhold Rent For No Hot Water?

Whether you start or end your day with one, there's nothing like a hot bath or shower. The ritual that centers around bathing is one that we as human beings hold sacred - it's how we cleanse ourselves and start anew, in whatever small way possible. You can imagine, then, the extreme and utter disappointment you would feel if you were to r ...