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Relocating to Fresno, CA? Check Out Our Renter’s Guide

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  California   Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

Do you want to relocate to a city with lots of things to do while still offering a low cost of living? Fresno, California, is the perfect spot. With cheap rent, delicious restaurants, fun bars, and an amazing art scene, it’s hard to beat Fresno. The question is: Where should you live?

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How to Find an Apartment to Rent in "The Capital of Silicon Valley"

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020
  Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

With the nickname “The Capital of Silicon Valley,” it’s no secret that San Jose, California, is a popular place to live. The city is full of sprawling tech campuses and high rises, but San Jose isn’t all work and no play. San Jose also provides residents with approximately 300 days of sunshine each year, easy access to the Santa Cruz Mountains, and ample activities to enjoy.

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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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Moving to San Diego? Follow Our Guide to Finding a Place to Rent.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  California   Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

With more than 1.4 million residents, it’s no secret that people love living in San Diego. The population grows by the year, with more and more people joining the ranks. People appreciate the diversity and the countless job opportunities in San Diego, as well as the fun activities and attractions. Plus, the foodie scene is full of delicious offerings.

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5 Tips for Keeping Healthy Roommate Relationships

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  Roommate Finder   Renter Guides   Tips   Community     Ashley Orlowski

There are countless benefits of living with a roommate. Less financial responsibility, shared living space responsibility, and it just feels comforting that you can rely on another person to care for your home because it means just as much to them. But, what if it doesn't? What if you've drawn the unlucky roommate card and you're unhappy with your roommate situation?

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Is Your Rental Home in an HOA? - Why Renters Should Care

  • Monday, February 10, 2020
  Community   HOA   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

When you're looking for a home to rent, what are your top qualifications? Most likely, you're looking for a certain number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and amount of space. You may have kitchen layouts you like best, want a yard for a dog, or need a closing garage. You probably know the kind of floors and floorplan you like best and browse as much through photos as listed details. Most renters prioritize homes based on meeting their size, style, location, and budget needs.

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"Why Can't My Landlord Just..." - What Tenants Don't Realize about Landlord Decisions

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
  Pet Friendly   Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

We've all been there. Most modern adults have been that tenant making requests of a landlord and wondering why you are being denied. Why can't you have a cat, just one cat? Why can't you install a few shelves by the front door? Why can't your boy/girlfriend move in casually without signing the lease?

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Tips to Navigating Your Way Around San Francisco as a Renter

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

What’s not to love about San Francisco, California? It’s home to top-rated universities, employment is booming, and there are cultural opportunities around every corner. Plus, it has some of the best food in the state, and the nightlife is on point. San Francisco also has more than 40 neighborhoods, and each one has a distinct personality. If you’re considering moving to San Francisco, check out the top neighborhoods for renters. Then you can plan your move.

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Trust but Verify: How Everyone Should Find a Roommate

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
  Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

VerticalRent Community, formerly codenamed Roommate Finder, was launched today, February 1st, 2020 for renters in the State of Florida. This revolutionary new approach to finding a roommate is designed to take the stress out of identifying a high-quality roommate. Let us explain.

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Renting vs. Owning in Fort Lauderdale Florida

  • Monday, January 13, 2020
  Roommate Finder   Florida   Community     Matt Angerer

You’re ready to relocate to Fort Lauderdale, but you’re a little overwhelmed. After doing some research, you discovered that there are dozens of neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale. Which one should you choose?

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Relocating to Jacksonville, FL? Discover the Best Places for Renters

  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  Florida   Roommate Finder   Community     Matt Angerer

With an abundance of waterways, delicious eateries, and ample green spaces, you know that Jacksonville, Florida, is a wonderful place to live. You want to relocate to Jacksonville, but first, you need to choose a neighborhood. The bustling city is full of neighborhoods that are perfect for renters. Get the details on the top places to rent in the city.

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The Ultimate Guide for Renting in Orlando, Florida

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
  Florida   Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

Orlando has more to offer than theme parks and wildlife. It’s also an excellent place to call home. As one of the largest cities in Florida, more than 1.5 million people live here, and you want to join the crowd. First, though, you have to decide where you want to live. Orlando has tons of neighborhoods that attract renters, but which one is right for you? Check out the top neighborhoods for renters, so you can get the best bang for your buck.

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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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Planning for the 1st Night in Your New Apartment

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019
  Roommate Finder   Community     Matt Angerer

The first day in your new home after a move is always a challenge. Some people view it as an exciting first-night adventure; some see it as a special moving-day ordeal. There you are with everything you own in boxes, your furniture in pieces, and mattresses on the floor.

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What are the best places to rent in Atlanta, Georgia?

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  Roommate Finder   Community   Atlanta     Matt Angerer

Do you find yourself asking, “What are the best places to rent in Atlanta, Georgia?” If so, you aren’t alone. Atlanta is full of vibrant and up-and-coming neighborhoods, and it can be difficult to keep track. Whether you are born and bred in Atlanta or are moving here for the first time, you want to find a top neighborhood. Learn about the best neighborhoods in Atlanta for renters, so you can find the perfect landing spot.

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How to Find that "Perfect" Roommate in a Sea of Duds

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019
  Roommate Finder   Community     Matt Angerer

Getting a roommate that you like tends to be a slam dunk in many areas: you get a bigger place or an apartment in a better location than you could have afforded on your own, and you often still get to pocket the spare cash from having split the rent bill.

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Where Should I Live in Miami?

  • Monday, November 25, 2019
  Florida   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

At VerticalRent, we often get this question: “Where Should I Live in Miami?” You know you want to live in Miami, but where? That is the ultimate question. You have so many options that it can be difficult to narrow it down. It’s important to look at what the top neighborhoods have to offer and then make your selection.

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Is That Rent Increase Illegal?

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019
  Legal   Rent Increase   Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

Rents are rising all the time. Inflation, building improvements, housing shortages, and gentrification all play a part. If you rent a single home long enough, you're almost sure to see a rent increase or two eventually. Done correctly, rent increases are a practical and even necessary part of the landlord-renter ecosystem. However, you can't always trust your landlord to raise the rents correctly, fairly, or even legally.

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How to Sublet Your Apartment in New York City

  • Monday, October 28, 2019
  renter-newsletter   New York City   Sublet   Community   Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

Rental prices in New York City are steep, to put things lightly, and subletting is practically a way of life. Few people can afford to live in an NYC apartment comfortably on just one salary and unmarried professionals often partner up through the art of subletting.

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Renters Beware: Pick Your Roommates Wisely this Fall

  • Monday, September 2, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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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Reporting Slumlords in New York City 2019

  • Friday, August 30, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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 Join or Form a Tenant Association

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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How to Report Florida Slumlords - A Comprehensive Guide

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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Disputing an Eviction Notice

  • Monday, July 8, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Rights as a Renter

  • Thursday, July 4, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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Tenant Relief Guide: How to Report Slumlords in Texas

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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Tips to Help You Find Your Next Rental After You've Been Evicted

  • Saturday, June 29, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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!

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31 Ways That Renters Can Save Money

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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12 Reasons to Keep Renting

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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How to Remove a Roommate From Your House

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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5 Tips On How to Cope with Romantic Feelings for Your Roommate

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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How to Negotiate a Late Rent Payment with Your Landlord

  • Monday, June 17, 2019
  Roommate Finder   Pay Rent Online     Matt Angerer

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.

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13 Spooky Roommate Horror Stories That Will Blow Your Mind

  • Monday, June 10, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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?

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12 Important Questions to Ask a Potential Roommate

  • Friday, June 7, 2019
  Roommate Finder     Matt Angerer

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.

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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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