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Renting 101
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Being a landlord comes with many benefits, especially when you have responsible tenants. It is ideal to lease to someone who consistently pays rent on time, takes care of the property and follows the rules of the lease. But, how do you find this person? While traditional advertising methods, such as placing an ad in…
older couple walking up to a home with a for rent sign outside.
Many people dream of the day when they can leave the workplace for good and devote their time to family, a little rest and relaxation or their favorite hobby. In fact, according to Transamerica Center’s Annual Retirement Survey, 77 percent of workers in 2016 are actively saving for retirement, either through their employee benefits or…
snow shoveling steps.
Winter is here, which means for some renters the return of snow and ice. And while renters might assume that the landlord is responsible for shoveling snow and other winter weather maintenance, that’s not necessarily true. As a renter, the responsibility for snow removal varies depending on your location and the agreement you’ve entered into…
two apartment buildings.
Imagine you moved into your first apartment after college, and you were thrilled about finally having your own place. What you didn’t count on was the family of mice that would also make a home in your cozy space. Despite living with rodent roommates for more than six months, your landlord didn’t seem to care…
How to Budget for Your First Apartment
Moving out on your own can be both exciting and scary. While you gain independence, you may also have to manage the costs of housing and other expenses on your own for the first time. If you don’t know how to budget for your first apartment properly, this may be challenging. So, how do you…
woman holding nose because of a bad smell.
Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Why does my apartment smell?” If you live in an apartment or a multi-family building, it’s possible the smells from your neighbor’s home are spreading into yours. From food to smoke to pet odors, The New York Times explains that smells can move through pipe shafts, electrical outlets, cracks…
The Renter’s Guide to Kitchen Improvements
If you rent your home or apartment, you might be a little jealous at times of the creative latitude homeowners have over their kitchens. While renters usually aren’t able to undertake permanent renovation projects, it doesn’t mean you can’t significantly spruce up your kitchen. Here are some suggestions on how to transform your rental kitchen’s…
Boston Terrier
If you long for an animal companion but live in an apartment, don’t despair: you don’t need to own a home with a huge yard to give a pet a good home. All you have to do is select an animal that can live in a small area and won’t damage either your apartment or…
My First Apartment: Renting in the Real World
Your first apartment is a pretty big deal. Yes, moving into the dorms when you start college is a heady experience, but nothing quite compares to signing your first lease, pocketing the keys and walking into an empty space that’s yours to transform into a real home — no more shared bathrooms, no dining halls,…