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Do Popcorn Ceilings Contain Asbestos?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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 is important. In many older buildings, ceilings containing asbestos have since been removed. Simply asking when the popcorn ceiling was installed can give you a …

Can You be Sued for Unreported Apartment Damage?

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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 make repairs. Worse yet, he is threatening to sue. Depending on the situation, you may not be responsible for this problem.

It’s not uncommon for …

Needing a Loan to Make Rent

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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 trouble or even eviction if the problem continues. What it comes down to is a situation where you may need to borrow money to pay …

New Carbon Monoxide Detector Laws

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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 new laws.

Your apartment may have come with a carbon monoxide detector already installed. You may need to check with your landlord on whether you’re …

Getting Rid of Junk Not Good Enough to Give Away

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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 it properly.

Donna Lindley, a professional organizer, has had to help her clients get rid of plenty of junk during apartment clean outs. She recommends …