There is power in numbers, especially when facing down a neglectful landlord. For large apartment buildings and rental complexes, a tenant association is one of the most powerful tools in your toolbox, and anyone can join or form one. All you need is the cooperation of your fellow tenants and soon, you'll be holding meetings, voting on issues, and organizing positive changes for the community.
According to Florida Advocate, the Sunshine State is currently undergoing a "housing emergency" that threatens the health and safety of millions of Floridians. Along with exploding rent prices, much of the housing emergency also stems from unsafe housing or underhanded renting practices. What happens if you are a Florida renter who encounters a slumlord? Here are some possible repercussions.
Knowledge is power in virtually any situation. Don't make the mistake of going into disputing an eviction blind. You should know your lease almost as well as the back of the hand if you wind up stuck defending yourself in front of your landlord or even in court.
Most landlords are pretty cool, or so neutral you hardly ever notice them. But some landlords are the source of the internet horror stories you occasionally see floating around the online rental communities. Landlords who turn off the utilities, landlords to invade your privacy like a sitcom "wacky neighbor", landlords who refuse to perform repairs, or landlords that take your entire security deposit for spurious reasons; These are the landlords of our nightmares.
The Texas Attorney General has declared that tenants have certain rights. Among them are the right to feel safe and secure inside your rental dwelling. Unfortunately, not all landlords respect their tenants' rights, leaving them with no other course than to take action. What happens if you encounter a slumlord in the Lone Star State? You could have several courses of action, including the following.
Being evicted from an apartment can be scary and emotional for many people, as it is common to feel uncertain about where you will go next, or as though you will never be able to rent a home or apartment again. While an eviction can feel like the end of the world since it can sully your rental history and credit rating for a few years, the fact is that you may be able to take steps to get the eviction removed from your record, and even if you can't, you may be able to rent again soon!
Does it seem like rent is getting more and more expensive? This isn’t just an observation. It’s a fact. In June of 2018, the national average rent reached $1,405. That was 2.9 percent more than the previous year. That might make you think that renting is a poor choice, but it’s actually cheaper to rent than buy in the current housing market. The cost of owning a home went up 14 percent from 2017 to 2018, making it more difficult than ever for people to buy homes.
As you move through your early years as an adult and find yourself settling into comfortable routines, you may start to hear pressuring statements from others, whether they are friends or family. People who have opted to buy a house often see it as the best way to go, so they will suggest that you too could be happy making the big move and becoming a homeowner.
Living with roommates is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. In 2017, 31.9 percent of the adult population resided in shared households (Fry, 2018). This refers to households that have at least one additional adult who is not a spouse, partner, or head of the household. While parents living with adult children represent lots of these households, many of the households consist of roommates.
You didn't mean for this to happen, but it has. You moved in with a roommate who seemed like the right fit for you, a great companion and potential friend. You started to spend more and more time together, enjoying the same activities, cooking together, relaxing in your space, and all of a sudden... You realize you've developed some romantic feelings for your roommate.
It happens to the best of us. Maybe your car broke down on the way to work; perhaps your little one wound up in the ER unexpectedly a few nights ago; or maybe your dog decided to swallow your entire fitted sheet. Accidents and unexpected events happen-- and they're often costly. Sometimes, factors out of your control put you in a position where you're unable to make your rent. It can be difficult to know how to approach your landlord and ask for permission to make that payment late.
If you've never had a really terrible roommate, it's easy to think that all those sit-com plots are made up and way to crazy to actually be real. Surely real people don't wave swords around in their boxer shorts. Surely real sensible people living together don't stage bathroom wars, or hide rotting food in their room, or get pets they don't take care of, right?
Searching for a new roommate can be a tedious process, but making the right selection will save you a lot of headache later on. Many of us have experienced life with people lacking in the consideration, calmness, or cleanliness department (or sometimes all three!), and know firsthand the stress that can result.
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.