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Can I Withhold Rent For Noisy Neighbors?

Can I Withhold Rent For Noisy Neighbors?

Imagine settling into your bed for the night, resting your head on your pillow and counting the seconds until you fall asleep, when suddenly a cacophony of sounds come pouring through the ceiling above you. You think "Tuesday is an odd night for a party," then start to drift off to a mildly disturbed sleep. The next night, the same thing ...

What To Do If Your Rental Is In Foreclosure

What To Do If Your Rental Is In Foreclosure

As a renter, it is your responsibility to pay your rent on time each month. Then, the landlord or property manager uses those payments to pay off utilities and the mortgage on the property. This chain of events keeps everyone happy. When you stop paying your rent, your landlord becomes unhappy and unable to pay their bills. When your land ...

What To Do If My Landlord Is Harassing Me

What To Do If My Landlord Is Harassing Me

Unfortunately, landlords around the country resort to harassing their tenants. Some landlords turn to harassment to force tenants to move out, others simply harass their tenants because it's who they are as human beings. Fortunately, you as a renter are protected by most types of harassment. It starts with an understanding of what landlo ...

How to Save Money with Regular Home Maintenance

How to Save Money with Regular Home Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is always cheaper than emergency repairs, so having a good maintenance plan is key to having a full wallet. Also, regular maintenance isn’t very expensive, time-consuming or super-complicated. Most of the things you can do yourself in half an hour. Let’s see which home maintenance projects are the most importa ...

What’s The Problem With Gentrification?

What’s The Problem With Gentrification?

I’ve always been one to pay attention to signs. Over the last week or so, the topic of gentrification has come up in many random moments. The other night, I was watching re-runs of the Jerrod Carmichael Show on Netflix, and I just happened to click on the episode “Gentrifying Bobby.” In the episode, the question as to ...

What To Do If Your Landlord Is Ignoring You

What To Do If Your Landlord Is Ignoring You

You've tried calling, texting, even tweeting, but to no avail. You're having issues with your rental, but your landlord isn't responding. Whether your toilets leaking or you're looking to get out of your lease, you need to talk with your landlord to handle the situation properly. If you've tried every means of communication and you still ...

What To Do If My Landlord Is Selling The House

What To Do If My Landlord Is Selling The House

If you're renting a property that your landlord has decided to list on the market for sale, you may feel lost and confused. After all, you're paying to live there while your landlord is trying to sell the property to someone else - what does this mean for you? As a landlord who rightfully owns the property, they can list the home or buil ...

4 Things to Consider When Moving Into Your First Apartment

4 Things to Consider When Moving Into Your First Apartment

When attacking the rental market, many landlord and property managers are only looking to do business with people who make at least 40x the monthly rent. Being a good person with a great personality and a positive outlook on life doesn't pay rent these days. The best way to finesse your way into an affordable apartment in a great location ...

How To Prepare Your Apartment For A Winter In New York

How To Prepare Your Apartment For A Winter In New York

With cold months ahead, it is important to make sure that your home is equipped to handle winter weather emergencies. Take a look at this list to make sure you are not only prepared for the frosty temperatures but an emergency situation as well. Heat It is important to note that the official heating season is from October 1st to M ...

5 Ways You Know You Are Ready to Move In With Your Partner

5 Ways You Know You Are Ready to Move In With Your Partner

Moving in with someone is a monumental step in a relationship. Without saying it, it means I want to be with you for forever (or at least until this lease is up). It is more than just a desire to be physically together all the time. Since living together is usually a test-run to see if the couple can make it for the long haul, a staggeri ...

Your Rights As A Renter In Philadelphia

Your Rights As A Renter In Philadelphia

Below, with the help of the Philadelphia Dept of Licenses and Inspection, we've listed some rights you should be aware of. The city of brotherly love has some stringent, detailed rules and the more YOU know, the better equipped you’ll be to speak up and contend any mistreatment aimed your way, during your stay. FYI Your home provider ...

What To Do If Your Landlord Is Sexually Harassing You

What To Do If Your Landlord Is Sexually Harassing You

You can't consume any form of news without hearing a tale of sexual harassment. From teachers to government officials, countless individuals in the United States and beyond have been caused pain and suffering at the hands of sexual deviants. According to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, one in four women and one in six me ...