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eviction rights

There's nothing like an eviction notice to keep you up at night. When do you have to be out? Why am I being kicked out? What’s going to happen? You probably knew the eviction was coming your way, but you still have rights in the process.

how eviction works

Eviction is not how anyone wants to end the tenant-landlord relationship. An eviction notice is the last thing you ever want to see at your door. If you are having issues with the landlord address them early and document everything. You must prove the issues to a judge. Avoid being taken advantage of by understanding the process and knowing your rights.

what percentage of annual income should go to rent

You think you found the perfect apartment, but when you see how much it will cost you each month, you’re not sure what percentage of income should go to rent, to keep you out of financial trouble. If you don’t regularly track and understand your spending habits, you may inadvertently take on an expensive rent payment that you can’t maintain.

pet fees explained

Our pets are valuable members of our families. We’re willing to search high and low for pet-friendly apartments and we accept that it may cost a little bit extra. Many states lack specific statutes regulating pet fees, so what — and whether — to charge is at the discretion of your landlord or property manager. This could lead to confusion and questions such as ‘are pet deposits refundable?’ and ‘does pet rent cover more than one pet?’ Here are three types of fees you might encounter when renting with a pet.

what is renters insurance

These days, you have to have insurance for nearly everything. Most states require you to have car insurance. The government has required health insurance. Depending on the state, you may not be legally required to have renters insurance, however, it is an extremely important.

signing a lease is better with good timing

You’re ready to make a move. However, choosing the date for signing a lease can be complex. It's a combination of the time of year, the weather, when the place will be ready, when you can move in, what makes the most business sense and a number of other factors.

Energy saving bulbs called CFLs are an investment that saves cash overall.

Today's energy savings bulbs, known as Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) can not only earn your apartment the green seal of approval, but save you some significant cash in the longrun. Better yet, the modern versions of these energy efficient light bulbs - designed for home use - have improved by leaps and bounds.

Moving in togerther requires communication and compromise

Moving in together is a huge deal for any couple. It’s incredibly appealing because you can split costs and chores, and no longer worry about keeping up two places. Wouldn’t it be romantic to wake up with your sweetie every single day? Of course! But there are many pros and cons to consider before you take the relationship-changing leap of living together. Here are 10 tips to make sure you’re moving in together for the right reasons and to make this relationship transition a little more harmonious.

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