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21 Reasons to Rent an Apartment on Miami Beach in 2020

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  Florida   Miami   

The city of Miami has so much to offer that it's a little challenging to make a list of the particular characteristics of this beautiful, active, fun fest of a city. But that's what we are doing to help you can get a feel for the city's neighborhoods, nightlife, and much more. The water is sparkling, the weather is excellent, and there's pretty much something for everyone in gorgeous, sun-drenched southern Florida.

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7 Ways Mirrors Can Create More Space in Your Small Rental Unit

  • Monday, November 11, 2019
  New York City   San Francisco   

Many renters in New York and San Francisco share the same plight: to get the benefit of big city living, they're stuck in tiny apartments that don't always feel comfortable. Moving may not be an easy option, especially when larger spaces blow through the budget possibilities much too quickly.

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Rent or Buy - The Million Dollar Question

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  Renter   Rent or Buy   

We all have to make decisions about where we want to live, but after a few years as a renter, perhaps with roommates or as a dormitory resident in college, it can be a challenge to know whether or not buying a home is the right next step. Most of us have a few factors that make us lean toward renting as well as a few factors that point us toward buying a home.

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Hosting Long-Term Guests When Your Lease Has a Guest Clause

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019
  Furnished Rentals   Guest Rental   

After pet restrictions, guest clauses are one of the least popular terms in a rental home lease. After all, your renting the house and it's your home. You should be able to have anyone over that you want for as long as you want. Right?

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New York Landlords Should Pay Close Attention to These Rental Law Changes

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  New York City   

Due to the unique nature of New York City, rental laws in New York have always been more complicated than anywhere else in the country. This makes sense in a place with 65% renting population including 5.4 million people. While most states have a few landlord-tenant laws that protect the rights of both parties, New York has a complex patchwork of legacy policies, protections, and rental statuses that only exist within the state and NYC itself.

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Bay Area homes: How to Find an Affordable Place to Live

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  California   

Potential homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area have many things to look forward to, including a vibrant art scene, proximity to well-paying jobs, and beautiful scenery. However, it is an expensive area to buy. In fact, research shows that half of the most expensive housing markets are in the Bay Area.

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Legal Rental Application Fees by State

  • Monday, November 4, 2019
  Rental Application   California   New York   Legal   

It would be great if renting a home was as easy as finding a place and signing a lease. But any experienced renter knows that the real challenge starts long before a lease is signed. Every home you consider living in requires an application and a background check before a landlord or property manager will even consider a new tenant.

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How Renters Can Host a Moving Sale Before the Big Move

  • Friday, November 1, 2019
  Renter   Moving Sale   

Right before a move is when most people realize they have a bunch of stuff that is just not worth packing up for the new house. Why haul all those outdated clothes and outgrown toys across the country when you don't have a use for them in the new house? But you can bet that someone else in the area could put your stuff to use instead. Hosting a moving sale is one of the best ways to cut down on the stuff you're moving and recoup a little moving cost at the same time.

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Pros And Cons Of Renting In L.A.

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  California   

Los Angeles is massive. It’s five hundred square miles of the straight city. There are mountains in the middle of that, the city planners of L.A. didn’t care; they built right over those mountains. There are all manners of living options in this strange land. Some of them are more expensive, some are less. In this writing, we’ll briefly explore some of the pros and cons of living in L.A.

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How Renters Can Keep Emotional Support Animals in No-Pet Housing

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  Legal   

Oftentimes, rental units come along with strict pet policies. Many rental homes and apartments don't allow pets at all; others may place strict limitations on animal type, size, or breed. If you rely on an emotional support animal to ease the negative effects of a mental or physical disability, these laws and regulations can prove worrisome.

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How You Can Formally Dispute Unfair Landlord Charges

  • Friday, October 18, 2019
  Slumlords   

With most rental homes or apartments, you barely ever hear from your landlord. You shake hands at move-in and move-out but otherwise, your only interaction is sending the rent once a month or requesting the occasional repair. After you move out, the security deposit comes back to you. Perhaps with a few reasonable deductions for pet damage or scrapes that couldn't be avoided.

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How to Offer Your Tenants In-Home Wifi Service

  • Friday, October 11, 2019
  Tips   Utility Setup   

One of the hottest tech trends in the rental home business is in-home wifi. Internet access is now a vital part of everyday life, and not just to do work and keep up with friends. We now stream movies, download music, get updates, and run our smart homes off wifi internet as well. So it's no wonder why modern high-tech tenants are clamoring for rental homes that come with complimentary wifi internet inside the home.

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Three Fail-safe Ways to Increase the Value of Your House

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  Tips   

If you have a property to sell, you could set a significantly higher asking price if you take the time—and invest the cash—in a few crucial updates before popping the house on the market. While it may be a little annoying to invest more resources in a house or flat you want to get off your hands, these simple renovations could make all the difference without costing the world.

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Quick and Affordable Ways for Landlords to Make a Rental Home Handicap Accessible

  • Friday, October 4, 2019
  Tips   

Over time, landlords often decide to diversify or specialize their property collections. There are homes that are perfect for busy professionals, growing families, groups of college roommates, and many more potential demographics. You may enjoy investing in cozy urban townhouses or sprawling rural ranch houses. But one thing that's useful to have in any rental collection is handicap accessibility.

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Searching For Your First Rental Property: 3 Tips For Success

  • Monday, September 30, 2019
  Investing   

When you have decided that buying a rental property is the best investment choice for you, much of your focus will turn to trying to find the right one. There is no doubt that life as a landlord can be highly lucrative and offer great benefits to your future financial prospects, but to reach the point where you can reap those rewards, you’re going to need a property that you can be confident in taking to market.

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How Do You Know A House Is Ready For The Market?

  • Monday, September 23, 2019
  Curb Appeal   

If you’re someone who’s in the business of buying and selling, or renting out houses and homes, there comes a point when you think to yourself, ‘Is this place ready to go on the market?’ Of course, as a first time seller or landlord, that’s going to be the biggest question on your mind!

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Renters Beware: Pick Your Roommates Wisely this Fall

  • Monday, September 2, 2019
  Roommate Finder   

There are numerous reasons for considering getting a roommate when you are renting an apartment. Most of these reasons are fairly obvious, but you may have overlooked the intangibles, such as: friendship, safety, learning how to cook, cultivating patience, and financial literacy.

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Landlord Not Allowing You to Paint? 10 Savvy Renter Tips for Decorating Without Painting

  • Saturday, August 31, 2019
  Decorating   

Decorating a rental house is sometimes way harder than you think it should be. You can visualize one lovely accent wall, maybe something in color for the kid's rooms, nice curtains instead of those old blinds, and a few mounted paintings to make the place look both lively and welcoming. But your landlord is having none of it.

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Reporting Slumlords in New York City 2019

  • Friday, August 30, 2019
  Roommate Finder   

Tenants in New York City number 3,469,240, according to a New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey taken in 2018. This number increased by 69,000 from a similar survey taken in 2014. Rental apartments in NYC make up 63 percent of the city's total housing. Many of these rental properties are rent-regulated.

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How to Make Sure You Are Never Mistaken for a "Slumlord"

  • Thursday, August 29, 2019
  Slumlords   New York City   California   

Managing rental properties is an important responsibility. As the owner of rental residences, you are providing affordable and flexible housing for families that do not yet own a house or aren't ready to put down roots yet. From Los Angeles to New York City, landlords serve a vital role in the community and their responsibilities are vast.

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