Posts Covering Renters

Need to rent? Avoid these fake landlord scams

Fake landlord scams can cost you time, money and sanity. Here’s how to rent safely, and find the deals that are actually good enough to be true.

Best apartment websites ease rental search

Best rental websites Check out the best apartment websites online if you want a great rental. Filled with information, maps, and numbers, such sites can save you both time and dollars. For January, reports ComScore, the Apartments.com network had more than 15 million unique visitors/viewers.  ForRent.com and the Homes.com network with a total of 10.6 […]

How much rent can I afford: predicting your next rent increase

How much rent can I afford? What will my next rent increase be? Predicting your next rent raise isn’t a no-brainer, but if you understand local trends, you’ll have a better idea. The good news is that in much of the country, rent increases have slowed down.

Rental home changes: Can you make improvements to your rental?

Making your rental house a home may take a few improvements. But that rental home changes can you get away with? The renovations you can get away with in a rental home depend on your contract, and on how you go about doing them.

Protecting your security deposit

Do you get your security deposit back? It depends. Protecting your security deposit is important, or you may have to kiss it goodbye when you terminate a lease, Here is what you need to know.

Breaking a lease: moving on with minimum damage

The best of plans… There’s an easy way to avoid breaking a lease: Don’t sign one in the first place. If there’s a real chance you’re going to have to move during the term of a lease, be a month-to-month tenant instead. The rental agreement for one of those tenancies will give you the flexibility […]

Considering a home with a long commute? Don’t drive yourself crazy

Considering a home with a long commute? Reconsider, for the sake of your wallet, your health and your sanity.

Las Vegas rent prices just keep rising; only one city sees rents drop

Renters in Las Vegas may want to reconsider their living situations. According to new data, the city has the highest year-over-year rent growth in the entire nation, with rent prices rising 5.3 percent since last February.

Lease agreement: typical upfront costs of leasing a home

Your lease agreement spells out the upfront costs of leasing a home. Make sure you understand these costs before committing to a lease.

How to get approved for an apartment

How to get approved for an apartment? Have the income (about three times the rent), decent credit and references.

What to look for in a rental agreement or lease

Rent versus lease: key differences You’re looking to rent a home. Would you be better off with a rental agreement or lease? Is there even a difference between the two? Rental agreements are generally month-to-month, and either you or the landlord can terminate the agreement with 30 days’ notice. They allow you maximum freedom to […]

How to get out of a lease with a roommate

Get out of a lease with a roommate the right way Even the best plans can fail, and you may have to get out of a lease with a roommate, despite your best intentions. Here’s how to minimize the fallout: Give as much notice to your landlord as you can Show prospective tenants around while […]

Renters: how to make a winning repair request

Tenant’s rights and repair requests A repair request for a rented home or apartment is not the moment to be shy. Know your rights and how to make repair requests. In most places, the landlord is responsible for keeping the home “habitable.” The landlord has the right to inspect the place to make sure you’re […]

Tenant tips: How to negotiate lower rent

Trying to afford your first apartment or house? Follow these tips to negotiate lower rent.

New place? Check out moving tips for new renters

If you have never lived in your own place before, check out these moving tips for new renters. You’re sure to find money- or time-saving ideas right here.

What happens if you break a lease?

What happens if you break a lease? Expect repercussions. But here’s how to handle and avoid them if possible.

Tenant rights: What happens in foreclosure?

Tenant rights when landlord is foreclosed Your rights depend on the state in which you live — often, your lease can be terminated Your obligation to pay rent continues as long as you remain in the property You have leverage because banks preferred occupied homes to abandoned property Tenant rights usually involve such issues as […]

What credit score do you need to rent an apartment?

What credit score do you need to rent an apartment or rental house? In some cases, more than you do to buy a house. Here’s how to avoid a credit check, and to improve your score if you have to pass one.

How to move out of your parents’ house

You could just pack up your stuff and move out of your parents’ house and in with a friend. But that’s probably not the smartest way to be successful as a young adult paying for housing. Follow these tips to do it right and be more comfortable.

5 steps to finding the best-value homes for rent — and getting one

To get the best homes for rent, you need to be an attractive prospect for landlords. Check your credit and clean it up or at least explain any blemishes Get references in advance Choose property you can afford so they know you’ll be able to pay on time Rental housing: Get the most for your […]

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Tips for landlords: Beware of tenants who are identity thieves

The worst places to rent in America; is it time to buy a home?

Tips for landlords: how to set your rent

Your state may let you deduct savings for down payments

Rising rent crisis: Tenants struggle to keep up as costs skyrocket

Advice for renters: What happens when my roommate moves out (and I’m not on the lease)?

My landlord’s in foreclosure: What are my rights?

Renting vs buying: which costs more today?

2018 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits

Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)