NYC Slumlords Outed By Public Advocate's Worst Landlord List

NYC Slumlords Outed By Public Advocate's Worst Landlord List

Not many renters in New York City are in love with their landlords, but only a handful of the city’s landlords deserved to be called out in public for repeated violations and ignored complaints from tenants. Starting this morning, the city’s Public Advocate has decided it’s time that the worst offenders be forced into the spotlight with a public, searchable database. [More]

Ontrac Delivery Staff Unsure How To Operate Intercoms, Actually Deliver Packages

Ontrac Delivery Staff Unsure How To Operate Intercoms, Actually Deliver Packages

Dick tells Consumerist that his recent Amazon order was more of a comedy of errors than the simple business transaction that it should have been. It wasn’t Amazon’s fault. Their delivery company Ontrac somehow managed to not deliver his package, then send it back to Amazon, then deliver both the replacement item that Amazon sent and the original package to Dick within an hour of each other. Something is terribly wrong here. [More]

Man Crams Soaking Pool, Video Lounge, Cafe Into 182 Sq Ft Apartment

Man Crams Soaking Pool, Video Lounge, Cafe Into 182 Sq Ft Apartment

Steve Sauer’s “pico-dwelling” is a 182 sq ft apartment he has managed to cram a soaking pool, video lounge, and cafe into without feeling cramped in the slightest. Most of the furniture comes from IKEA, natch. [More]

Barter, Slum It, Go Rustic To Save On Living Costs

Barter, Slum It, Go Rustic To Save On Living Costs

There is more than one way to skin a lease. Not only can you negotiate to bring costs down, but there are other ways to slash your rent budget. Well-Heeled Blog digs up a few that might not have occurred to you. [More]

Apartment Scammer Wants To Give My $1500 Back – What's The Catch?

Pat tells Consumerist that her son fell for an apartment scam. Looking for a sublet in San Francisco from his home in Massachusetts, he settled on a place and met up with the landlord’s brother, who–what luck!–happened to live in the same area as Pat’s son! Of course, once he moved there, he discovered that his keys didn’t work, since someone else entirely lived in and owned the apartment. [More]

I Thought My Apartment Included Utilities. Now I Have A Zombie Gas Bill

I Thought My Apartment Included Utilities. Now I Have A Zombie Gas Bill

Jesse has turned to Consumerist for help because he is being haunted by a relic from his past. Specifically, he writes that a debt collector has contacted him, claiming that he owes them for having a gas service account that he never used–in an apartment where he thought all utilities were included. What should he do? [More]

Ask These Questions Before You Sign Your Next Lease

Ask These Questions Before You Sign Your Next Lease

Are you looking for a new apartment or house? Apartment Therapy has some advice about what questions you should ask before putting your name on a new lease. We’re featuring this on Consumerist because there is advice about negotiating extra fees and deposits for cats, a crucial topic for our readership. [More]

Should You Be Let Out Of Your Lease If Your Apartment May Plummet Into The Sea?

Should You Be Let Out Of Your Lease If Your Apartment May Plummet Into The Sea?

It’s nice to have an apartment on a cliff overlooking the ocean — until the cliff decides to stop existing. That’s what is happening to one apartment complex in Pacifica, CA. [More]

Apartment Complex Says "Use This Cable Company Or Pay Us $40 Per Month"

Apartment Complex Says "Use This Cable Company Or Pay Us $40 Per Month"

The FCC has made it clear that apartment complexes can’t force residents to use a specific cable company, but Amy Davis at KPRC in Houston reports that there’s a sneaky way to get around this restriction. The residents of one Houston apartment complex don’t have to go with the building’s chosen provider, but if they opt out they’ll have to pay an extra $40 per month for trash and water. [More]

Need Affordable Housing? What About A Mobile Home?

Need Affordable Housing? What About A Mobile Home?

Mobile homes have a less-than-stellar reputation, deservedly or not. I know my own mom always warned me against them by saying they were just tornado bait, which was enough to make me leery of even stepping foot inside a friend’s mobile home growing up. But if you’re not irrationally afraid of tornadoes, a mobile home might be a great housing option if you’re on a tight budget or looking to save money, writes Michigan Telephone.

UPS Has Strange Concept Of "Out Of Sight"

UPS Has Strange Concept Of "Out Of Sight"

Chris sent us this picture of a package that UPS delivered to his apartment. Instead of leaving it at the complex’s office, the delivery person left the box in a “secure, out of sight” location.

Renters With Cool Stuff, You Can't Afford Not To Have Renters Insurance

Renters With Cool Stuff, You Can't Afford Not To Have Renters Insurance

Kimberly Palmer, author of U.S. News & World Report’s Alpha Consumerist blog, makes a convincing case that renters really should insure their stuff.

Crazy Landlord Fights Heat Wave With Air Conditioning Ban

Crazy Landlord Fights Heat Wave With Air Conditioning Ban

An Oregon landlord refuses to let his tenants install air conditioners because he thinks they “look tacky.” Tenants of the Arbor Creek complex in Aloha who choose to sacrifice aesthetics for comfort have ten days to correct their mistake before facing eviction. One tenant’s kid already landed in the hospital thanks to heat stroke.

Twitter Lawsuit Company Tells Its Side Of Story

Twitter Lawsuit Company Tells Its Side Of Story

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Tenant Sued After Using Twitter To Complain About Moldy Apartment

Tenant Sued After Using Twitter To Complain About Moldy Apartment

If the the puiblic didn’t read Amanda Bonnen’s Twitter feed before, they will now, thanks to a defamation lawsuit brought against her by Horizon Group Management in Chicago.

Want To Learn How To Make It Yourself? Visit Homegrown Evolution

Want To Learn How To Make It Yourself? Visit Homegrown Evolution

HomegrownEvolution.com is sort of a simplified Instructables for people interested in “mead making, beer brewing, bread baking, urban poultry raising, container planting, pirate gardening, foraging, pickling,” and more, according to Cool Tools. We have a feeling “pirate gardening” isn’t as fun as it sounds.

"Help, I Fell For The Apartment Rental Credit Check Scam!"

"Help, I Fell For The Apartment Rental Credit Check Scam!"

Since posting an article about Craiglist apartment listing scams a month ago, we’ve heard from lots of people who fell for the scam. If you’re one of them, here’s what you need to know.

"Homeboy Hookup" Scammer Rips Off Renters

"Homeboy Hookup" Scammer Rips Off Renters

Apartment scams are the new hotness. Can’t do housing scams anymore because no one can afford a house, so it’s on to rentals. Insert “Merce,” a guy is ripping off renters saying he’s got the “homeboy hookup” and can get them into a rental cheap and with free gas an electricity, but he doesn’t actually own the properties. Fox NY investigates in this video.