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Do Popcorn Ceilings Contain Asbestos?

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If you see a popcorn ceiling in an apartment you’re considering renting, it’s worth making sure that the ceiling doesn’t contain asbestos. Not all popcorn ceilings contain asbestos, but any installed before the mid-80s run a higher risk. Because of the health problems that can result from asbestos, making sure that the ceiling is newer […] read more

Can You be Sued for Unreported Apartment Damage?

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You’re all moved out of your old apartment and are settling into your new place. Suddenly, you get a phone call from your old landlord, informing you that he found damage to the apartment that you never reported. It may even be enough damage that he is asking for money beyond your security deposit to […] read more

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Needing a Loan to Make Rent

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The economy still isn’t in the best shape, and this has made it very difficult for some to make their monthly rent payment. No matter what the circumstances are, it’s a problem if you just don’t have the money to pay rent. Not paying it can mean late fees that get you even deeper into […] read more

New Carbon Monoxide Detector Laws

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Depending on where you live, the odds of your landlord being required to provide a carbon monoxide detector are going up. Many states, as well as individual cities, are passing new laws that require the detectors in rental units. On the state level, Maine, Washington and New Hampshire are among the most recent to create […] read more

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Getting Rid of Junk Not Good Enough to Give Away

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Sometimes you find yourself with junk you just can’t get rid of. You are stuck with some items that you can’t sell on Craigslist, can’t donate to Goodwill, and can’t even give away on Freecycle. But that junk doesn’t have to sit around your apartment forever. Here are some ideas on ways to dispose of […] read more

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Dealing with Violations of Quiet Hours

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When you’re living in an apartment, you have to rely on your neighbors to be quiet so that you can get some sleep. Many apartment complexes even make quiet hours a matter of policy, setting certain hours during which tenants are expected to keep noise to a minimum. Unfortunately, not all neighbors are considerate, and […] read more

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Checking that Rent is Market Rate

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There are many factors that play into how much rent is charged for an apartment. The neighborhood, amenities, and even whether you have a pet can all affect the rent for a particular place. These variables can make it hard to be sure that a landlord is asking for a fair rental amount for an […] read more

Your Water Bill and Your Lease

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Depending on your lease, your water bill can look very different. In some apartment buildings, the landlord receives the water bill for the whole building and simply divides it among the tenants. In other buildings, there may be a submetering system that allows the landlord to bill you for the actual amount of water used. […] read more

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How Much to Budget for Rent

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Many people will tell you that you should never spend more than 35 percent of your income on rent. However, depending on your own financial situation, that income ratio may not always be correct. Jerrold Mundis, a financial therapist and the author of the bestselling book “How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of […] read more

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