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Judith Cole, Renter in New York, NY
Judith Cole asked:
When renting a condo from a home owners rep, if it is not stated in the lease do I have to pay the HOA fee,? I was quoted a rental amount and no mention of the HOA fee. The rental agency did not return my calls and then tried to evict me because I did not pay the fees which I was not required to…
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Jenifersoflo…, Home Buyer in Boston, MA
Jenifersoflous 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,

I hope you have relocated to Boston Successfully, but i would like to answer question.
Of course i recommend you to hire an Real Estate Agent who can helping you to fi ... 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.
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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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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…
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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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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
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Josh Barnett, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, 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 Hauppauge, NY
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 Issaquah, 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 Overland Park, KS
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
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 Westwood, MA
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.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 3, 2014 Rental Basics in Boston
James Cole, Real Estate Pro in Westwood, MA
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 Danvers, 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 Boston, MA
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
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 8, 2014 Rental Basics in 02111
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