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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Alan May answered:
Scammers announcing through Zulia
What the heck is Zulia ?
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Dawn Mastrom…, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
Dawn Mastromarino answered:
Landlord didn't give me a receipt for security deposit, now 10 months later they're asking for a W-9 and he says I owe taxes on $4.14.
How did you pay the security deposit? Hopefully by check or cashiers check an not cash. NEVER pay in cash. Why would you owe taxes on a security deposit. The landlord holds the securit ... more
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Josh Barnett, Real Estate Pro in Oklahoma City, OK
Josh Barnett answered:
I'm disabled and cannot use stairs, other floors have access to 2 elevators but not mine. Is legal?
What did your attorney answer to this question?
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Debra Peters, Real Estate Pro in 11901
Debra Peters answered:
do i need to have a window in a bedroom of a house i am renting out?
A bedroom needs to have a window in it. For your safety, make sure an apartment has appropriate safety exits. I am sure that every state and township may have their own guidelines rega ... more
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Debra Peters, Real Estate Pro in 11901
Debra Peters answered:
Have you had situations where rentals that were listed were scams?
Unfortunately there are scams on Trulia as well as many other sites such as Craig's List. When in doubt, check it out VERY CAREFULLY. If your gut is telling you something is wrong, th ... more
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Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Sammamish, WA
Dan Tabit answered:
If I have a lease that is up on November 1 what time am I required to vacate the property if it is not stated in the lease? I cannot find this in law
Jascotty,
Ask the landlord if they will renew the lease or take you month to month. Once your lease is up, it may revert to month to month or the landlord can give you notice to leav ... more
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Kim Benedict, Real Estate Pro in 06902
Kim Benedict answered:
Can property management companies charge a 'realtor fee' if 2 people are re-signing a lease and I am joining them?
IT depends on what the lease terms are on the original lease... most times they don't yet some times they do...
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Kim Benedict, Real Estate Pro in 06902
Kim Benedict answered:
Who pays the realtor fee, landlord, tenant, or is it split? Specifically when the landlord is the one who hired the realtor.
Each state is different and each real estate company is too.. best to call and see what they charge if anything since its a rental. We charge the landlord for helping them rent the home ... more
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Samuel Rymer, Real Estate Pro in Allston, MA
Samuel Rymer answered:
For a renter arriving from overseas, with no SSN/ ITIN / US credit history yet, what documents does s/he need in order to rent an apartment in Boston?
It depends on what your traveling for and who the owner is. Students need an I-20 for the most part, but I've had ESL( English As a Second Language) students get approved just using the ... more
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James Cole, Real Estate Pro in 02081
James Cole answered:
If one's apt. lease is ending in a few weeks, are they obligated to let the realtors come show their place to potential new tenants all the time?
Information regarding showings to prospective tenants should be outlined in the lease.
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James Cole, Real Estate Pro in 02081
James Cole answered:
Does an individual require a license of some sort to start a Property Management business in MA? I have heard conflicting information.
MA does not require property managers to have a broker or sales person license. It may be a good idea to join property management groups and receive designations. This will help when ma ... more
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Tina Brzezen…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Tina Brzezenski answered:
Am looking for a 3 bed in the city boston for $1800/under for 3 college grads. What kind of info do landlords look for up front?
It is common for landlords to require a full application that includes income, they will run a credit check & check past landlord references. In addition most require first month's ren ... more
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Annette Given, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Annette Given answered:
Do bedrooms need to have 2 exits?
Bedrooms only need one door. They also need a window.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 20, 2014 Rental Basics in 02116
Sam Resnick, Real Estate Pro in 02135
Sam Resnick answered:
My son is looking for an apartment close to Newton not far from Downtown Boston - range $800-$1000. Any suggested areas to start search?
Angela,

Town Property Group has over 25 years of experience helping renters in the Boston area, please call us at 617-730-9800 and we can speak with you regarding the options we have ... more
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Nicole Blanc…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Nicole Blanchard answered:
How does renting an apartments with an agent work in Boston? Would I pay a commission? Would you recommend using an agent for renting an apartment?
Hi Danielle,

This is a great question. To answer your question simply, if you work with an agent you can expect to pay a broker's fee which is equal to one month's rent. If the landl ... more
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Mario Pavli, Real Estate Pro in South Boston, Boston,...
Mario Pavli answered:
I have lived outside the US since 2008, in South America and Asia. What should I put down for landlord references?
I agree with Louis. List the landlords to when you were living here.

Best of luck.
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Gauri Anand, Real Estate Pro in Back Bay, Boston, MA
Gauri Anand answered:
"Trendy" neighborhoods?
South End is definitely the trendiest neighborhood in Boston; amazing restaurants, cafes, and bakeries. As for shops and boutiques, the Back Bay wins on that front; Newbury St. is full ... more
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George Wood, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
George Wood answered:
I own a 2 family and rent the 2nd unit out. My current tenant hasn't paid me March/April rent. He has signed a paper agreeing to:
Dear Debbaker,

I'm currently a Real Estate agent, but I have also been a landlord for the better part of the last two decades. I have been a property manager as well.

The absol ... more
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Mario Pavli, Real Estate Pro in South Boston, Boston,...
Mario Pavli answered:
What are the best parking options in Mission Hill?
I would get a residential sticker or if you don't mind $150 - $200 month for a spot.

Best of luck.
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Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker answered:
I am renting a home in northern California and wonder if all windows should open.
Hmmm.
Have you spoken to the town's building department/inspector to see if those things are acceptable/normal/allowed/etc.?


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