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MegSM, Home Owner in Seattle, WA
MegSM answered:
New landlord looking to get some advice. I'm looking for some tenant screening software so I can get a background check. Any suggestions? is a great resource for independent rental owners. There is no cost to use this service and report quality is excellent! Simply create your (FREE) account and invi ... more
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Eric Markows…, Real Estate Pro in Colorado Springs, CO
Eric Markowski answered:
Does a house have to have two exits?
Hi Becca you should first start off by checking with you local regional building department and ask them those questions. Many times building codes will very from area to area.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 4, 2015 Rental Basics in 02116
Cassandra Sm…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Cassandra Smith answered:
How does renting an apartment with a real estate agent work in Boston?
Hi Martin, You should expect to pay an agent's fee equal to one month's rent in Boston and the surrounding communities. Depending on the areas you are considering living in, you could f ... more
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Ari Prata, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Ari Prata asked:
How is the market 1br and 2br right now? -What is the rental price for 1br and 2br apart with parking in good condition?
-As they are tenants in this region (about take care of the property,rent payment on time and problems in…
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 14, 2015 Rental Basics in Fitchburg
Walid Bendris, Renter in Cambridge, MA
Walid Bendris asked:
Sublet listings continually appear in non sublet searches I've been trying to find a 1 bedroom apartment to rent but I keep getting flooded with postings for sublets. Is there any way to prevent this? Maybe disallow sublet listings from being…
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 5, 2015 Rental Basics in Cambridge
Louis Wolfson, Real Estate Pro in 02030
Louis Wolfson answered:
do i need to have a window in a bedroom of a house i am renting out?
in order to be considered a bedroom it has to have two means of egress. Either two doors or a window that can be no more than 44 inches from the floor, it needs at least 5.7 square fee ... more
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Erica Vignola, Renter in Short Hills, NJ
Erica Vignola 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.
We are in the same situation. We were aware we had yet to receive the notice, we let it go and took it for granted. I started to look into the security deposit law and a landlord is req ... more
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Suzanne MacD…, Real Estate Pro in 07856
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
How can I trust someone who is renting a house but the person resides in West Africa.?
You can't. It's a scam. Walk away.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 27, 2015 Rental Basics in Dudley
Estelle Tick…, Renter in 02131
Estelle Ticktin answered:
Scammers announcing through Zulia
I also had someone try to scam me with 2 listings - they go by the name of Cath Cassady and say they are out of state, etc., etc. I found the realtor who is really dealing with the prop ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 25, 2015 Rental Basics in 02131
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?
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 22, 2015 Rental Basics in 02116
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
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 22, 2015 Rental Basics in Boston
Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
Tim Moore answered:
I am trying to put up a apartment rental post and it keeps saying error, (error need valid rent) I typed $1,600. what is the problem?
Maybe one of the billion scammers can answer your question, seems they have no problem what so ever
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 5, 2015 Rental Basics in Hingham
TruIia VIP T…, Real Estate Pro in Longmeadow, MA
TruIia VIP The Graveline Group answered:
I am looking to rent an apartment in Brookline (02446). What are the differences between: apartment community, townhouse, condo, and apartment?
Mindy, are you working with an agent in Brookline currently? Your best bet is to work with a local Realtor. We're in Longmeadow, but have brokerages out your way. If you like we can ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 19, 2015 Rental Basics in 02446
Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in 98074
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
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
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 14, 2014 Rental Basics in Boston
Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in 03109
Scott Godzyk answered:
Are there separate rules/laws governing landlords and leases of single family homes (versus multi-family apartments/condos/homes)?
The difference is an owner occupied building of 4 or less. You should read the LANDLORD TENANT LAWS for your state. They will explain your rights
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 13, 2014 Rental Basics in Springfield
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
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 28, 2014 Rental Basics in Boston
Kim Benedict, Real Estate Pro in 06902
Kim Benedict answered:
Does this company offer programs for low income families to get into places with a lower rent, if qualified?
This is not a real estate company its a place to help people find homes that are for sale on the MLS... you need to contact your local real estate office and see if they can help you, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Sep 28, 2014 Rental Basics in Massachusetts
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