Renters Survival Guide

Micro Apartments Coming to a City Near You

If you don’t mind living small, listen up. As the LA Times recently reported, Boston and New York are launching pilot projects for super-tiny apartments, and San Francisco’s officials are currently debating to go smallest of all: 150 square feet, plus bathroom, kitchen, and closet. How much would you pay to rent an apartment that […]

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An Apartment Transfer May Be the Perfect Solution for You

By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert Many renters find themselves having mixed feelings about moving. On the one hand, they realize that something is lacking in their current apartment that’s driving them to consider looking for a new place. But on the other hand, there’s so much they like about their building — […]

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Moving With Your Pet: How To Avoid Total Meltdown

Unlike with kids, you can’t sit down with Fluffy and explain to her the reasons you need to uproot her entire life, leave behind her favorite patch of sunlight, and generally stress her the heck out. But you can take measures to make it less likely that she’ll pee herself every 5 minutes throughout the […]

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Apartment Envy: The World's Most Expensive Apartments

Oh, sorry, are you not in the top 1% of Americans when it comes to income? You can still partake in the eye candy. Here’s your daily dose of apartments so expensive, they blow even college tuition out of the water: Live in midtown Manhattan for a mere $100 million This apartment, on the market […]

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Before Starting Your Apartment Search: The Checklist

Before you start looking for your next place, you need your documents in order. Although a landlord won’t necessarily require every single one of the following, any of them might be on the table: Rental application Most places will require you to fill out an application, complete with your personal details and other information. If […]

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Saving Money While Renting

Negotiate the rent or security deposit Some landlords are actually willing to negotiate the amount they’re asking for their space. I’ve been straight with landlords in the past, telling them that I loved the place but that it was a bit more than my roommates and I could afford; they lowered the rent by $200 […]

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Easy Work-Night Dinners

Single or living in a commune, without kids or fostering ten of them, we’ve all faced nights where the thought of having to figure out dinner seems almost as impossible as maintaining self-respect after ordering pizza from Little Caesar’s. We’re here to make things a little easier. You want dinner to be less stressful? Read […]

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Weekend DIY Home Improvements

Fix everything that’s loose Walking around the house with a hammer and a screwdriver might not seem the sexiest of home improvements, but it’s probably one of the most practical. Hammer down floorboards, tighten loose screws, stablize wobbly chairs, and generally fix all those little things that are slowly falling apart. Install weather stripping It’s […]

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Green Renting — Anyone Can Do It!

We loved houzz.com’s article on ways you can live a more eco-friendly life while renting, i.e. when you can’t just install solar panels on the roof. Here’s our breakdown, for those of you who like it quick and dirty: Install: -Programmable thermostat -Light dimmers or sensors -CFL or LED lightbulbs -Low-flow showerhead -Dual-flush convertor for […]

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