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Can You Legally Remove a Roommate From a Lease? Here’s What You Can Do:

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  Renter   Legal     Ashley Orlowski

When you initially sign a lease agreement with a roommate, everything can seem perfect at that moment. While everyone signs a lease agreement with the intention of staying on the good side of things, unfortunately life happens and things don’t always work out. Can you legally remove a roommate from your lease agreement?

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Know Your Rights: When It's Okay for a Landlord to Legally Enter Rental

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  Landlord Guides   Renter   Legal   Renter Guides     Ashley Orlowski

From a renter's perspective, they have the right to maintain their privacy within their occupied rental unit. From a landlord's perspective, they have the right to ensure that their property is being taken care of by the renter. So when is it okay for a landlord to enter a renters residence?

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7 Small Apartment Hacks to Make Your Living Space Efficient

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  Renter   Tips     Ashley Orlowski

Whether you’ve just moved into a smaller rental unit or suddenly have the urge to make your small apartment a bit more efficient, we’ve got a few great apartment hacks to help you better utilize your space.

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US Cities That Have Banned Evictions Due to Coronavirus

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
  Renter   Tips   Health   Legal   Coronavirus     Ashley Orlowski

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps across the United States, the livelihood of America’s working class is coming to an unexpected and unfortunate halt. Here is the current list of US Cities that have banned evictions due to the Coronavirus.

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A Renter's Guide to Buffalo, New York

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  Renter Guides   Renter   New York   Buffalo     Ashley Orlowski

When you think of Buffalo, New York harsh winter months and great food may come to mind. If you’re a renter in Buffalo, NY you’ve hit the jackpot with endless welcoming and somewhat affordable neighborhood options surrounding the city. So how do you choose the best neighborhood for you?

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Is Rent Negotiable? Top Tips to Save On Your Monthly Rent

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
  Renter     Ashley Orlowski

Before you sign on the dotted line for your new lease, take a step back and consider the possibility of paying less for your rental unit each month. Take a look at these top ways to save on monthly rent.

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5 Steps to Take If Your Rental Goes Into Foreclosure

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
  Renter   Tenant Rights   Foreclosure     Ashley Orlowski

Finding out that the house that you’re living in is going into foreclosure is a big deal and definitely can impact your future. So, what can you do as a renter? Do you stay? Do you go? What is the best option for you?

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Senior House Sharing: A Guide to Helping Boomer Aged Women Find a Roommate

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  Community   Senior Citizens   Roommate Finder   Renter   Boomers   renter-newsletter     Ashley Orlowski

House-sharing is not only for the young. It’s not only for college students or recent grads looking to save money on rent. House-sharing is booming worldwide and now more than ever, boomer aged women are taking advantage of the house-sharing trend.

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A Renter's Guide to St. Petersburg, Florida

  • Friday, February 21, 2020
  Florida   Tampa   Community   Renter Guides   Renter   St. Petersburg     Ashley Orlowski

Whether you’re new to the state of Florida or just new to St. Petersburg, making the decision to move to St. Petersburg, Florida is an excellent decision for many reasons. Check out this guide for everything you need to know about renting in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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6 Ways to Convince the Landlord to Accept Your Beloved Cat

  • Monday, December 30, 2019
  Renter   Pet Friendly   Roommate Finder   Community     Matt Angerer

You have a special kitty who has been traveling with you for months or years before setting up your next (or current) rental place. You and your beloved cat are the dynamic duo and you wouldn't dream of living somewhere without your feline friend. There's just one catch: the housing crisis makes finding well-placed pet-friendly living harder than it used to be.

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Rent or Buy - The Million Dollar Question

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  Renter   Rent or Buy     Matt Angerer

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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How Renters Can Host a Moving Sale Before the Big Move

  • Friday, November 1, 2019
  Renter   Moving Sale     Matt Angerer

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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The Top Online Roommate Finders

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  Renter   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

Finding a roommate online can seem like a daunting challenge for most. If you're living in an expensive metropolitan area like San Francisco, Miami, or even New York City - odds are that you're struggling to pay the rent alone. Sharing the rent, the utilities, and splitting on that Friday night pizza makes economical sense, right? But where do you start. You could always turn to friends or family and see if anyone is looking for a new pad to share with you. Or, you could turn to the Internet.

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Why You Need a Roommate in the Most Expensive U.S. Cities

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  Renter   Rental Market     Matt Angerer

From San Francisco to Manhattan, not to mention Washington D.C., people are experiencing the rapid price jumps that come with living in a cultural and business hub in the United States. It makes sense to move to these central locations to experience all the big city has to offer, but it often comes at a cost.

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5 Essential Elements of an Efficient and Effective Roommate Agreement

  • Thursday, May 9, 2019
  Rental Market   Renter   Legal   Utility Setup   Rents & Deposits     Matt Angerer

As a renter, you rent from a landlord or property management company and typically sign a legally-binding lease or document that protects both you as a renter, and the person who owns the property. These agreements between landlords and tenants cover a variety of subjects and areas, working to provide both parties with what they need to ensure a successful, working relationship.

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How To Gather Information Before Moving Abroad

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  Renter     Matt Angerer

The prospect of moving abroad is for many, a dream come true. Let’s be honest, most of the time we’re unable to move abroad unless we have a job opportunity in another country. Other times, there might be an older couple or investor that has amassed enough wealth to get up and go. It doesn’t matter what your personal circumstances are, you’re all in the same boat. Moving abroad is exciting if you know what’s going on in very good detail.

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Hard vs. Soft Credit Pull: What’s the Difference?

  • Monday, February 11, 2019
  Renter   Credit Repair     Matt Angerer

Credit bureaus analyze a variety of factors when determining a credit score. Credit card utilization, payment history, and derogatory marks have the highest impact. The age of the credit history has a medium impact, while the number of total accounts and hard inquiries has a low impact. While the impact of hard inquiries is low, it can still cause a score to tumble five to ten points, which can make all the difference when trying to secure credit.

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How to Find the Best Roommate

  • Monday, November 26, 2018
  California   Florida   renter-newsletter   Renter     Matt Angerer

Are you tired of living alone? Or maybe you’re tired of being solely responsible for the rent and utilities. If so, you’re not alone. Many Americans not only feel the psychological effects of living alone but are also facing a growing financial responsibility that falls squarely on their shoulders. It’s a hard road when your hell bent on living alone, especially in more expensive American cities like Miami, FL, Los Angeles, CA, or New York.

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Why Are Tenants So Dirty? How to Prevent Property Damage from Filth

  • Monday, November 12, 2018
  Renter   Dirty Tenants   Unclean     Matt Angerer

You pull up to a house you rented out six months ago and see dirty windows, spilled recycling bins, and a driveway cluttered with tools. You set up an appointment a week ago to come by and perform seasonal maintenance on the property, and you know the tenants aren't going to be home.

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What Does “Normal Wear and Tear” Really Mean for Tenants?

  • Monday, October 29, 2018
  Renter   Tenant Rights   Wear and Tear     Matt Angerer

Few phrases in a rental contract cause as much conflict and confusion as "normal wear and tear". What does it mean? Who determines "normal", and how can tenants protect themselves from a landlord's interpretation of this very subjective term?

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