25
Sep 18

New Yorkers Share the Weirdest, Most Frustrating Things About Their Apartments

Living in New York City often means expensive rent and little space, but sometimes apartments here are…an experience, to say the least. It seems like everyone lives in a building that has its quirks—things like strange-but-creative ways of fitting appliances in, weird structural features, odd smells, and more. Even the best apartments—the ones no one would dare give up their leases on—have their own interesting shortcomings. So, we asked New Yorkers to share their weirdest apartment stories.

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27
May 18

Renter-Friendly Budget DIYs You Can Do This Long Weekend (That Actually Look Good)

Faced with a long weekend ahead of you, if you’ve got the itch to do a little DIY project to improve the way your rental home looks, this post’s for you. All from the same insanely stylish rental apartment in a basement, these two projects are fast, affordable and most of all… attractive enough you’d actually like to display.

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21
May 18

Would You Ever "Rent Blindly?" I Have—4 Times!

In the past seven years, my family and I have been through seven moves. That may seem like a lot, but as a former military spouse and sailor, I can tell you it’s normal for families like mine. You don’t just move—you move quickly: You only get 10 days after you transfer to a new duty station to find a house and move into it. Yeesh!

Most of the time, families spend those first days in a hotel (which, thankfully, the military pays for), but I was rarely interested in this option. For me, finding a home before I moved has always been my number one priority. So I always tried to sign a lease before I even arrived. Yes, I’ve “rented blind.” Four times, in fact.

I promise it’s not as scary as it sounds. Yes, it is can be stressful at times, but I’ve found it’s been a huge advantage (and completely worth it) to have a permanent address when I arrived to my new city.

As any realtor might tell you, this isn’t recommended, but, in certain situations, it’s the best option. While you might not be in the military, you could be relocating for a new job or starting school and need to secure a place to live before you get there. I can say with confidence that if you stay focused and optimistic, you’ll always end up right where you need to be.

Here are some of the best tips that have helped me successfully “rent blind”:

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18
Mar 18

Is Your State More Renter or Landlord Friendly?

If you’re a renter who has at one point found yourself without hot water or battling a million mice in your apartment, you’ve probably furiously googled something like “can I sue my landlord for being a negligent jerk” at least once or twice. Tenant/Landlord rights can be incredibly confusing for those of us without a law degree, and in some places those laws are designed to favor one party over the over. RentCafe recently put together a report on the most renter friendly states (legislature wise) in the country.

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17
Mar 18

What You Probably Don't Want to Touch in a Rental Apartment

So you’re moving into a new place — how exciting! Sure, the whole packing and unpacking routine gets old quick, but few things can fill you with a sense of renewal more than rolling out a fresh welcome mat. What’s not nearly as fun, of course, is getting an irate phone call from your landlord somewhere down the line. Or, worse yet, being evicted.

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25
Feb 18

6 Takeaways From the Story of the Worst Roommate Ever

If you’ve spent any time on social media this week, no doubt at least one of your friends has shared — aghast in sheer and absolute shock — this story of quite possibly the worst, most horrific roommate in history.

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01
Feb 18

These Are the Cities Where Renters Outnumber Homeowners

If you feel like everyone you know is a renter and the concept of homeownership seems like something you only hear about friends of friends of friends doing, perhaps it has to do with your location. RentCafe recently wrote a report on the increase of renters in major US cities, focusing on those where renters now outnumbered home owners.

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26
Jan 18

10 TV Homes We Wished We Had Found On Our Apartment Hunt

Searching for an apartment can be an exercise in managing expectations—especially when your dream apartment is inspired by ones you’ve seen on your favorite TV shows. Where’s all the space Monica Gellar had? The light that flooded Frasier Crane’s place? Give me Barry Allen’s fireplace! Check out ten fictional apartments that have us wishing all rentals were as seen on TV.

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31
Oct 17

Score the Apartment of Your Dreams: Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Guarantor

You may have heard about guarantors during your apartment hunt, but if you’re not familiar with what they actually do—or how you can still find one if you don’t know anyone personally who can be a guarantor (or even land an apartment you love without one!)—we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about getting a guarantor.

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11
Oct 17

83 Percent of Renters Want Out of New York City

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It’s not surprising to learn that there are a lot of people who want to leave their expensive cities for a lower cost of living. But what is a little surprising? The concentration of people who want to move out of the Big Apple—a whopping 83.2 percent of renters in New York City want to settle elsewhere, according to a Apartment List’s annual survey.

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