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 ...

Jumpstart Founder Ken Weinstein Is Trying to Change Gentrification

Jumpstart Founder Ken Weinstein Is Trying to Change Gentrification

Ken Weinstein is attempting the impossible in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia: gentrification without displacement. Removing blight without removing long-term residents.  From redlining in the 1930’s to urban renewal projects of the ‘50s and ‘60s to the ‘Brooklynification’ of low-income neighborhoods all ove ...

The 5 Reasons Why Marble Countertops Are Perfect for Your Kitchen

The 5 Reasons Why Marble Countertops Are Perfect for Your Kitchen

The beauty of home decor is that it's an opportunity for you to design your home as you wish. In fact, the kitchen is a great place to add some stand-out features and a unique countertop is a great way to get your kitchen to pop! Fortunately, kitchen countertop options are endless; you can choose from different species of natural ...

How to Land Your Dream Apartment in a Competitive City

How to Land Your Dream Apartment in a Competitive City

Hunting for an apartment in a large, competitive city is difficult. However, you can find the best apartment for your needs with the right tips. Here are some that will help you to land your dream apartment in a competitive city like New York or San Francisco: Asses Open Houses Properly To stay ahead of the other potential renters, ...

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 ...

What Landlords Need to Know When There’s a Natural Disaster

What Landlords Need to Know When There’s a Natural Disaster

Even in NYC, natural disasters can destroy homes and leave tenants homeless for long periods of time. Being prepared for the worst is the best way to avoid any landlord disputes during such a hard time. ...

Three Ideas for Creating an Inspiring Art Gallery at Home

Three Ideas for Creating an Inspiring Art Gallery at Home

There is something uniquely appealing about gallery walls. Have you ever wished that you could have something similar in the comfort of your own home? As a renter, it's crucial to find ways to spruce up a boring white wall, since many landlords will not allow any painting of walls. A DIY gallery wall might be the right solution for you i ...

Five Ways To Beautify Your Walls When You’re Not Allowed to Paint Them

Five Ways To Beautify Your Walls When You’re Not Allowed to Paint Them

One of the most frustrating aspects of renting an apartment is the lack of control you have over your own space. While some landlords allow you to paint your walls or make small structural changes to your space, many reject that idea entirely. Painting your wall is, of course, one great way to add color, depth, and light to a room, bu ...

Best Open Spaces In New York For Studying

Best Open Spaces In New York For Studying

As a college student, it’s easy to get bored of learning in your usual study spots. Typically a student can be found in the school library or cafe, or their dorm room or apartment. However, these don’t have to be the only options out there. If you’re a student in New York City, looking to change your usual study spots, great! This ...

How to Rent an Apartment with Troubled Credit

How to Rent an Apartment with Troubled Credit

Finding a nice apartment with bad credit can be challenging, but it's not impossible if you use some of these savvy tips. ...

Updating Your Home with Health in Mind

Updating Your Home with Health in Mind

Last summer, workers and residents of New York City woke to news of a steam pipe explosion in the Flatiron District on July 19. Dozens of residential and commercial buildings were forced to evacuate, and asbestos-containing debris released during the explosion raised concern. Fortunately, The New York Times reported that no one was se ...