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Negotiations in a Lease Agreement

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When you sign an agreement to lease an apartment, you are entering into a legally binding contract with your landlord. Like all contracts, the terms you agree on are negotiable. Understanding your rights and the negotiating process will help you to sign a lease with more favorable terms. Is Everything Negotiable? In some contracts, all […] read more

Why Has Your Landlord Broken Your Rental Agreement?

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Your rental agreement, a legally binding contract between you and your landlord, can’t be broken by your landlord unless you have breached it in some way. Understanding why the landlord has broken the agreement, and the steps you need to take, will help minimize any damage to your rental history. Why Landlords Break Rental Agreements […] read more

The Legal Issues of Running Your Business from an Apartment

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Running your business from an apartment may not be as easy as you’d hoped. Since most towns have zoning laws that separate business and residential use of buildings, knowing your local laws is a must before planning to work from your apartment. What Are Zoning Laws? Your city or town has rules about how different […] read more

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9 Tips for Researching Landlord-Tenant Law

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Protecting your rights, when having a problem with your landlord, requires understanding landlord-tenant law. Understanding where to find information and having a good strategy to locate it will help you to handle situations related to your tenancy. 1. Identify Your Problem Start by determining why you need information on landlord-tenant law. Each type of problem […] read more

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Pest Control Solutions for Your Container Garden

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Like it or not, pest control will be part of your container garden. Fortunately, pest control is easier when gardening in containers. By understanding how plants become infested, and your options for dealing with infestations, you’ll be able to keep the situation under control. Avoiding Pest Infestations Do a little research. Choose plants resistant to […] read more

Your Balcony Garden: Ceramic Pots vs. Plastic Containers

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Choosing between ceramic pots and plastic containers for your balcony garden can be confusing. Each type has its pros and cons. If you’re a new gardener, you may have to experiment with both to truly understand their differences. Ceramic Pots A ceramic pot is a clay pot which is hardened by baking the clay at […] read more

Sharing Tandem Parking Spots with Your Roommate

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Tandem parking spots are sometimes the only option you and your roommate will have for parking. Having to park your cars one behind the other can be tricky and requires planning, consideration and cooperation. Devising a Plan Sharing parking with your roommate requires a concerted effort to coordinate your schedules and plan ahead. You must […] read more

Money-Saving Strategies: Take Advantage of Rebates

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Money saving strategies come in many forms. Rebates, a marketing tool designed to draw you in, are one way you can save money when shopping. Used wisely, with an understanding of the risks, rebates can make acquiring new products more affordable. How Rebates Work The most common type of rebate allows you to buy a product […] read more

Can a Good Landlord/Tenant Relationship Result in Cheaper Rent?

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Landlord and tenant relationships, while not always easy, can work to your advantage. This is particularly true when your landlord rents and manages a small number of apartments. Landlord Types When looking for an apartment, you may encounter more than one type of landlord. Smaller buildings, or apartments in converted houses, may have a landlord […] read more