Renters Survival Guide

The Other Half of Homeless: Consequences of Eviction

First and foremost, eviction means you have to find a new place to live, and that fact usually pushes all other issue aside. But what else happens when someone’s evicted? These are some of the possible consequences: You may find it difficult to rent again Most landlords run credit and background checks before signing a […]

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Dividing Expenses Among Roommates

If you’ve shared an apartment with people, you know that dividing up living expenses can be tricky. There’s no objective formula; everyone values components of their living space differently, and in the end, it’s always a judgment call. Decide as a group how you think should be split—here are some of the ways you can […]

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How to Tell Your Kids You’re Moving

Change and impermanence—these are facts of life. For kids, almost nothing is a starker lesson in change than moving homes. Although it’s good to remind yourself not to feel guilty about the inevitable—one in five American families moves each year—you should do everything possible to ease the difficulty of this time for your children. The […]

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Quick Tips for Apartment Pet Lovers

By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert Living in an apartment with a pet can make your apartment living experience even more enjoyable. It’s no surprise, then, that recent surveys have shown that more renters than ever before are looking for pet-friendly buildings to call home. Fortunately for them, it also appears […]

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What To Do If You Lose Your Job While Renting

Assess Your Finances It may be that if you’re careful, you can continue to pay rent and bills and buy food for several months. Determine what’s a necessity and what can be cut for the time being. Then conclude how long you could live unemployed with the money you currently have. You can take more […]

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Craft Your Own Apartment Décor

Got a little extra time, or extra creative energy? Or, alternatively, don’t got extra cash? You’d be surprised at the home décor items you can craft yourself. Curtains for bookshelves If your shelves tends to be less-than-presentable, you can either a) change your personality and go a little more Type-A, b) browbeat yourself into alphabetization, […]

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College Budgeting 101

You’re going to college and you’d rather not have to sell all your clothing before semester’s end, just to get by and pay your rent. What foresight you have! It’s time to make a budget that you’ll actually stick to: First, you gotta know how much money you actually have. Financial aid, scholarships, income if […]

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Budget-Friendly Decorating

Let’s say, despite all our amazing DIY inspiration, you don’t feel like making your own furniture or décor. But you still want to update the look of your apartment, without breaking the bank. Here are some good places to start your search for the perfect leather lounger for only $5 (good luck with that hunt, […]

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How to Convince a Landlord to Rent to You Despite Your Bad Credit

You’re apartment hunting, but you also know that your credit rating is hardly through the roof—in fact, it’s somewhere in the basement next to your old soccer shoes. This doesn’t mean that you will never find a decent place, however, it just means you have to be more proactive: First of all, know your credit […]

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