Should Your Landlord Be Able To Decide If Your Significant Other Can Stay The Night?

Should Your Landlord Be Able To Decide If Your Significant Other Can Stay The Night?

Remember the days of Three’s Company, when the only way a man could convince the landlord to let him stay in an apartment with two single women was by pretending to be gay? Even when I first moved to New York in the mid-’90s, more than a few landlords told me I could only have male roommates and that female overnight guests were frowned upon. But times are changing and most people just expect their landlord to butt out, so long as they aren’t knocking down walls or installing hot tubs in the bathroom. But there are still some people out there that don’t want any unwed hanky-panky going on under their roof. [More]

Protesters Get Boiler Fixed In Harlem

Protesters Get Boiler Fixed In Harlem

Those good-for-nothing bums down at Zuccotti Park put down their free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for one minute and became quite good-for-something. Instead of occupying Wall Street, they occupied 142nd Street, and got a new boiler installed in a building where the heat and hot water has been spotty for years. [More]

Planting Trees Increase Value Of Rentals By $21 A Month

Planting Trees Increase Value Of Rentals By $21 A Month

A new study by the U.S. Forest Service found that planting trees along the perimeter of a rental property increase the rates the landlord could charge by $21 a month. [More]

Landlord Refuses To Rent To Single Mother Because There's No Man "To Shovel The Snow"

Landlord Refuses To Rent To Single Mother Because There's No Man "To Shovel The Snow"

A Wisconsin landlord has been sued by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development after refusing to rent a property to a single mother. The landlord, who is a woman, said it was because the renter didn’t have a man “to shovel the snow.” [More]

Landlord Suspected Of Releasing Thousands Of Scorpions To
Get Tenants Out

Landlord Suspected Of Releasing Thousands Of Scorpions To Get Tenants Out

A man named Chen woke up recently to find a scorpion crawling over his body. Snapping on the bedroom light, he found his bedroom to be full of scorpions. He gathered his family and worked to capture several hundred of the arachnids. When they left the apartment, they found their neighbors had been battling the poison-tipped beasts, and their landlord, who wants them out to make way for a construction project, is suspected of letting them loose. [More]

The Slum Lord Garbage Tree

The Slum Lord Garbage Tree

Greg was pretty ticked off. After two weeks of complaining to management, the tall tree outside his apartment complex still had garbage hanging from its branches. It looked like some sort of foul Christmas Tree for hobos. He couldn’t use the parking spot he pays $94 a month for because the building staff had removed all the “Tenant Only” parking signs and not put up the new ones. People who didn’t live in the building were parking in his spot. Only after sending a string of admonishing emails to the building manager, his bosses, and the board of directors did Greg finally get The Tree Of Garbage cleaned up. Here’s the chain of emails: [More]

Apt. Complex Using DNA To Find Who's Not Curbing Their Dog

Apt. Complex Using DNA To Find Who's Not Curbing Their Dog

Call it CSI: Timberwood Commons. WMUR reports the manager of the apartment complex there is making all the of the dog owners in the building submit DNA samples from their dogs. Then she will compare it with the DNA of the dog poop that’s been left around the grounds to find out who hasn’t been cleaning up after their dog. [More]

Man Lives In Awesome 258 Sq Ft Transforming Apartment

Man Lives In Awesome 258 Sq Ft Transforming Apartment

There’s those who bought too much house, and then there’s this guy, who lives in a fabulous 258 square foot apartment. Even in this tiny space he manages to cram in a full kitchen, refrigerator, bed, dining room table, balcony, and more. It’s all about hidden compartments and things that fold in when you need them, get stashed away when they don’t, and furniture that converts into multiple purposes. The primary inspiration was boat design, which manage to pack a lot of amenities into small space. And, of course, the Japanese! [More]

Landlord Offers $50 Off Rent To Tenants For Leaving Positive Ratings

Landlord Offers $50 Off Rent To Tenants For Leaving Positive Ratings

Luke got an intriguing email from his landlord. It was an offer for $50 off his April rent – hooray! – but he had to something unsavory first. His landlord wanted him to go to apartmentratings.com and give the apartment complex 5-star ratings across the board. [More]

Certified And Notarized Letter Gets Heat Turned Back On After 5 Days

Certified And Notarized Letter Gets Heat Turned Back On After 5 Days

Davya says that after showing her landlords she meant business with a notarized and certified letter, she finally got the heat in her apartment turned back after 5 days of no heat. [More]

Apartment Still Doesn't Have Heat After 4 Days But It Does Have Noxious Burning Smells

Apartment Still Doesn't Have Heat After 4 Days But It Does Have Noxious Burning Smells

Dayva has written in an update about her landlord and heating issue. They don’t have heat yet, but they do have a power strip that’s been slowly melting itself into goo! [More]

No Heat, Apartment Has Smoke And Fumes, Landlord Is MIA

No Heat, Apartment Has Smoke And Fumes, Landlord Is MIA

Dayva is fuming, almost as much as her apartment. She’s been without heat since yesterday after the cord on the heater her landlord installed melted. The landlord sent repair people who replaced the cord, but the heater still doesn’t work and its been emitting odd smells. Now she’s fighting through phone tree hell and getting hung up on by the landlord, unresponsive management company, and their minions. What’s a body to do? [More]

Experian Adds Rent Payments To Credit Reports

Experian Adds Rent Payments To Credit Reports

In what could be a boon to renters looking to build a credit history (or bad news if you have a roommate who always delays your rent), credit reporting agency Experian has begun incorporating data on rental payments into its reports. [More]

Pretty Circles Tell You Whether To Rent Or Buy

Pretty Circles Tell You Whether To Rent Or Buy

For those who don’t like math but do like colored circles, here’s a graphic visualizing which cities it’s cheaper to buy in and which it’s cheaper to rent in. The redder the circler, the better it is to rent. The greener, the better it is to buy. [More]

Travel Reporter Gets Burned On London Vacation Rental Scam

Travel Reporter Gets Burned On London Vacation Rental Scam

New York Times “Frugal Travel” reporter Seth Kugel thought he got a great deal when he rented a London flat for a pittance, only to have it disappear along with his wired deposit. [More]

Reasons It's Not So Great To Rent

Reasons It's Not So Great To Rent

Two weeks ago we told you about a couple of reasons it’s not necessarily super-awesome to own your own house. Well, now here’s the flip side of the coin. Renting has plenty of financial drawbacks too. [More]

This Number Tells You Whether You Should Buy Or Rent Your Home

This Number Tells You Whether You Should Buy Or Rent Your Home

Should you buy your home or rent it? The Economix blog says one good way to figure that out is to look at your area’s “rent ratio.” That’s the cost of a typical home vs renting it. A general rule is that if that number is less than 15, you should buy. If it’s over 20, you should rent. Here’s a look at the rent ratios for some top metro areas: [More]

Know Your Renter Rights

Know Your Renter Rights

Do you rent? Better know your rights. Here’s a state-by-state guide with links to statutes for both landlords and tenants. If you want to negotiate down your rent, get a drippy ceiling fixed, fight an eviction, or squelch a noisy neighbor, first bone up on your renter law. [More]