A Personal Look At How The US Public Housing System Is Failing Its Residents

A Personal Look At How The US Public Housing System Is Failing Its Residents

“I’m just happy and grateful to have a place to call home,” said Christina Whitehurst, a single mother, and resident of the Johnson Homes projects located in North Philadelphia. Seeing her children run around their new home, braid each other’s hair, and share laughs immediately make you understand why this woman, who once lived in ...

How to Pack For A Long Weekend

How to Pack For A Long Weekend

Spring is the best time to travel. Plane tickets are typically less (kids are still in school and families aren't planning major vacations), the weather is starting to turn, and if you're anything like me, you're starting to feel cooped up from being inside all winter. If you're planning a quick jaunt, there's absolutely no need to overp ...

How NYC Is “Solving” The Homelessness Issue It Created For Itself

How NYC Is “Solving” The Homelessness Issue It Created For Itself

Over the last three years, NYC has seen its homeless population swell to record numbers. There are now an estimated 60,000 homeless people living in the city - the highest total ever recorded. The problem is so out of hand, NYC has been using taxpayer money to rent out spaces in hotels serving as makeshift shelters. Understand, beyo ...

Renters Insurance:  What You Need To Know

Renters Insurance: What You Need To Know

Picture this: You tell your landlord day after day there are issues with your apartment’s plumbing system. For months, the problem goes unchecked. Towards the middle of the summer, it rains non-stop for two weeks straight. You have a part-time job and you are a full-time grad student. During the intense rainfall, you come home lat ...

Top 50 US Cities Riddled With BedBugs (by Orkin)

Top 50 US Cities Riddled With BedBugs (by Orkin)

My first and only run in with bedbugs was no joke. I stripped my bed of all the sheets and blankets, inflated my air mattress, placed it on top the bed, put a blanket on top of that, kept the lights on, and then slept in a sleeping bag on top of this self-made mountain, just so I would feel a little more comfortable at night. Needless t ...

The Upgrades Every Landlord Should Consider for Their Properties

The Upgrades Every Landlord Should Consider for Their Properties

If you rent out a property, you understand the importance of attracting high-quality tenants and keeping them happy. An easy way to make your property more enticing is by adding a few easy upgrades. Take a look at the must-have features modern tenants are looking for and watch your bottom line skyrocket.   In-Unit Laundry ...

Can My Landlord Do This?

Can My Landlord Do This?

Anytime you are making a serious business deal, or disputing a legality it’s imperative to know your rights as well as the rights of the opposing party. It’s pretty stupid not to in 2015. Think about it. We have an infinite amount of resources sitting at our fingertips on a 24/7 basis and yet we spend our time watching E! news hearing ...

How A Half Century Of Redlining Successfully Segregated American Neighborhoods

How A Half Century Of Redlining Successfully Segregated American Neighborhoods

Home ownership – the means by which most Americans begin to generate familial wealth. Understanding this, I wanted to take a look at the history of home ownership, dating from the 1930’s through present day, and find out exactly how redlining impacted housing segregation in the United States, especially amongst the African American an ...

I Want to Move...Now What?

I Want to Move...Now What?

Congrats! You are thinking about moving to a new home…now what do you need to do to make it happen? While a lot of big steps seem self-explanatory in the housing process, there are a lot of crucial details that renters forget to consider until it is too late. To have the most optimal home-hunting experience and beyond, WhoseYourLandlord ...

Making Upgrades To Your Rental

Making Upgrades To Your Rental

Making upgrades to your rental definitely isn't the first thing on your mind, especially between work, school, family, relationships, and a little thing called a social life. If you own a rental property, it can be easy to let the upkeep of that space fall to the wayside. Doing so, however, can be detrimental to your renters, your status ...

Everyday Items That Make Your Apartment Feel More Homey

Everyday Items That Make Your Apartment Feel More Homey

Your pad. Your domicile. Your crib. Whatever you call it, the word always means the place in which you live. But when you walk into your apartment, does it just feel like a place to live, or does it actually feel like home? As they say, "home is where the heart is," and if your apartment is giving you less than cozy vibes, something's ...

8 Ways To Save On Your Power Bill This Winter

8 Ways To Save On Your Power Bill This Winter

Summer isn’t the only time power bills spike. Between holiday lights and furnace expenses, the dead of winter can be just as expensive. As a renter, however, you don’t want to break the bank making energy-efficient updates to an apartment you don’t own. The good news is you don’t have to be stuck with an unbearably high bill. R ...