Did you know that your landlord’s homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover any of your personal belongings in case of an emergency? If a fridge goes out, the basement floods, or someone breaks in and steals your TV, the landlord most likely won’t be the one paying for your stuff. This is a great reason to have renter’s insurance, which can cover all of your personal belongings. We often don’t think of having renter’s insurance because as non-permanent residents, it just doesn’t seem like we have that much or that what we have is even worth the money. But if your house burns down and..
Sorry, the IRS has seized all my assets, so I can’t pay rent this month…. or next…
An irate tenant calls their manager complaining that their neighbor across the way is a ‘pervert’. Every night they catch him looking in the window to their bathroom. They don’t want to call the police in fear of retaliation. The manager, trying to find a resolution, approaches the neighbor to explain the circumstances and states, if it doesn’t stop the police will be called! The neighbor calmly states, the whole neighborhood is watching them… They NEVER close the blinds! Sometimes it is very helpful to get both sides of the story!
Most landlords prefer to sign one year leases with their tenants. And for most tenants, living in one place for a year will work with their own schedules as well. But whether you are planning on staying for the entire lease term, or if you already know of life plans that will require a move, it is good to know what the options are for getting out of your contract. Before you sign a lease, make sure to review it and talk to the landlord to understand what the expectations are for getting out of that lease. Are you allowed to sell your contract? What’s..
I can’t pay rent this month, because my best friend was in jail and she needed bail money. I’ll have to pay next month.
Sometimes the best questions are asked BEFORE a tenant moves in, often they can raise a red flag. Here are a few that should make you smile. Can I pay rent with food stamps (Nope, not a grocery store!) I’m not allowed within 1000 feet of a school…. Are there any around here? (Said after the tenant had stated that they did not have any type of criminal record) What is your average eviction time for non-payment? Do you allow chickens? (On a 3rd story apartment in a multi-unit complex) I know the rent was listed at $900/month, but I can’t afford that…. Can you lower it to..
Don’t send that deposit check! New and experienced renters alike are often victims to rental listing scams. It happens like this: you search online for that perfect rental. You find it and contact the manager/owner about renting. They message you back and tell you to email all your personal info for an “application” or ask you to mail them a deposit check with certified funds. Next thing you know, they have your money and you have no keys. When searching for rentals online, it is very easier for scammers to steal pictures and details about a house to create their own rental listings. If in..
I refuse to pay rent because I am living in an INFESTATION!!! There are bugs on the balcony…
This story comes strait from Detroit a few years ago, its sad but true. It is a great reason to educate tenants, and owners on the treatment options for bed bugs. www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/05/womans-failed-attempt-fight-bedbugs-sparks-fire/75242704/
Sorry, I can’t pay rent right now because YOUR lease says we have to abide by all city and state laws. Now I have to get my dog licensed with the city and have to pay for a rabies shot so they will give me the license! All for a dog that wasn’t authorized in the first place!!