Legal Issues

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Hard Vs. Soft Credit Checks: What’s the Difference?

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If you’re planning on moving into a new apartment or renting for the first time, you’ve probably thought more than once about how a credit check by a prospective landlord would affect your chances of locking down the place you want. read more

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HOA Rules: Your Responsibilities as a Renter

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When you rent a townhouse, condominium, or a single-family home in a neighborhood of houses that has been deemed a formal community or subdivision, you may be subject to following the rules and regulations of a Homeowners Association (HOA). The HOA’s presumed function is to keep the quality of the community high to keep the […] read more

Man stresses out as he wonders how to break his lease agreement without paying any fines

How to Break Your Lease for Security and Safety Reasons

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It’s something no one wants to have to deal with: a situation has come up that necessitates you breaking your lease agreement. read more

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Getting Started: Renting An Apartment With No Credit History

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Life is full of seemingly impossible demands. For instance, getting your first job without any experience — because no one will give you a job just to get experience, right? Renting an apartment with no credit history can be equally frustrating read more

An apartment building goes up for sale after being listed by the landlord.

My Landlord Sold the Building. Now What?

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Rumors are running wild around the pristine pool, between the treadmills, and down the well-manicured walkways of your apartment. Word is that your apartment’s owner is selling the place. Sally Sue down in apartment 17 claims everyone has to move out by the end of the month, or the new owner will come in and repossess all property left in your apartment. Is Sally Sue right? What can you do in this situation? Read on to find the answers to the multitude of questions likely to be racing through your mind at this moment. read more

A problematic neighbor harasses a young couple in their apartment

How to Deal with Neighbor Harassment

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In a perfect world, we’d all be able to trust our neighbors. Maybe we’d read more

Young woman thinks of what she wants to say as she prepares to write her landlord a complaint letter.

The Right Way to Write a Complaint Letter

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In an age where texts and emails are the preferred forms of communication, it’s safe to say that letter writing has become a foreign concept to many people. But in some professional situations — like when you need to complain to your landlord about problems with your apartment — you’ll find that a formal, typed […] read more

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Things to Look Out for When Renting a Flipped Property

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If you’ve recently turned on HGTV or opened up a home and garden magazine, you know that everyone is flipping for flipped homes. read more

Mold can cause illness and is therefore a serious health violation when present in apartment buildings.

Health Code Violations: Is Your Landlord Breaking the Law?

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The apartment you end up in might not be the one of your dreams (subway tile in the kitchen, a large soaking tub, and unobstructed views of the city), but at the very least you can expect it to be clean and safe. Your landlord is responsible for keeping every rental property they own in […] read more