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Alison Hillm…, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA
Alison Hillman answered:
im looking to be moved out by may, i need to find a 3 bedroom 1st floor deleaded section8 approved appartment fast
Hey there-

I would recommend looking at the listings available on Trulia:,MA/SINGLE-FAMILY_HOME_type/x_map/

Ali, Community Manager
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Rafael Herna…, Real Estate Pro in Jamaica Plain, MA
Rafael Hernandez answered:
What are the best parking options in Mission Hill?
Most of parking in Mission Hill is usually by permit and depending on exact location you may opt to renting an off street parking so you are not circling around at night or during a sno ... more
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gloria cirolo, Real Estate Pro in Arlington, MA
gloria cirolo answered:
I am renting a home in northern California and wonder if all windows should open.
Hi Luke, yes you do have issues especially finding a ton of nails in the back yard.
I would put it all in writing, and send to the landlord/property management company.
Also make cer ... more
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Scott A. Nel…, Real Estate Pro in 02155
Scott A. Nelson answered:
my mother is elderly and does not get enough heat and the landlord does nothing we called hpd over and over again nothing what do we do
Well first of all plan on moving, it's unfortunate but when you push further it may not be worth living there longer. You could contact one of the local TV investigative reporters to se ... more
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Mario Pavli, Real Estate Pro in South Boston, Boston,...
Mario Pavli 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?
Just your I-20 and a copy of the passport will do. Also bank statement from whoever will be paying for your apartment will need to show sufficient amount.

Best Of Luck.
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Tim Moore, Real Estate Pro in Nags Head, NC
Tim Moore answered:
Do renters need to pay an agent fee to realtors?
Usually if a Realtor finds a renter a rental the landlord pays any commission.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 26, 2013 Rental Basics in Boston
Louis Wolfson, Real Estate Pro in 02030
Louis Wolfson answered:
What party of Boston or which Suburb provides the highest yield on rent?
South Boston or Brookline would be wise choices
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Boston Luxury…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Boston Luxury Residential LLC answered:
How do you reply to an Eviction Notice?
You get a lawyer or you deal with whatever got you an eviction notice in the first place.
Why did you get an eviction notice for? please specify.
Best regards,
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 5, 2013 Rental Basics in Boston
Scott Godzyk, Real Estate Pro in 03109
Scott Godzyk answered:
I've been looking for apartments to move into this summer. I've contacted at least 5 realtors yet NONE of them ever get back to me. Is this usual?
Most agents work with tenants only when they have something to rent. You need to find an agent who specializes in working with helping tenants find rentals. all agents do not work with ... more
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John J Dean…, Real Estate Pro in Somerville, MA
John J Dean Jr answered:
What are some of the best neighborhoods in the Boston area for new college grads to live in?
Honestly is all depends on what you are looking for in your neighborhood. Each area of the city is very different. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, North End and South End all have their own p ... more
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Carey T. Han…, Real Estate Pro in Massachusetts
Carey T. Hansen answered:
Is it lawful for a co-op managing agent to tell a prospective buyer that an apartment he is thinking of buying will not appraise for the asking price?
Give me a call anytime. Thank you.

Carey Hansen
Nextgen Realty
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 28, 2013 Rental Basics in Roslindale
Mario Pavli, Real Estate Pro in South Boston, Boston,...
Mario Pavli answered:
What are some tips for renters to negotiate lease renewal terms?
It all depends on the actual unit and how desirable the area is. The rental market being the way it is, the prices are only increasing. If the renter is going to stay here for more than ... more
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Elizabeth Bo…, Real Estate Pro in Cambridge, MA
Elizabeth Bolton 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?
A tenant should review their lease. In many leases there's a clause that specifically mentions allowing access for this purpose with notice given. You can certainly set limits or turn ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 3, 2014 Rental Basics in Boston
Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker answered:
Can a landlord legally enter a room when I am occupying it?
This is not the place for legal advice, unfortunately.
Only lawyers can give legal advice.
You might be able to get your answer from a tenants' rights lawyer.

In general, a lease i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 19, 2012 Rental Basics in Boston
Elizabeth Bo…, Real Estate Pro in Cambridge, MA
Elizabeth Bolton answered:
When looking for a rental do you think a landlord can charge a pet fee?
My brother pays a monthly fee for his cat to his landlord. I have to say as a landlord I think it's a fine idea. Plenty of landlords don't want to accept pets. There are good reasons ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 25, 2012 Rental Basics in Wilmington
Masha Sender…, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Masha Senderovich answered:
I want to rent an 1bed or 2bed appartment belongs to Burr, Rice or John Ward elementary school districts and start from Dec. 1st, 2012.
Hi there. We have a good number of options, depending on price range and what else you are hoping to find. Please email criteria directly to masha @ preservationproperties . com
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 28, 2012 Rental Basics in Newton
Masha Sender…, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Masha Senderovich answered:
Please help.. Landlord/Tenant Rights in Massachusetts
I'm sorry you're going through this. There are many apartments just like this in Massachusetts. That's why there was no lease... Technically, you're a tenant-at-will and that sort of de ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 27, 2012 Rental Basics in Quincy
Ellen Friedm…, Real Estate Pro in 02139
Ellen Friedman answered:
Can a landlord increase rent when you are already stuck in your lease for another year?
Self-extending leases are legal. The standard ones (if that's what you have) require that either side notify the other if the lease is not being renewed by a certain number of months pr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 14, 2014 Rental Basics in Arlington Heights
Sherri Way, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Sherri Way answered:
what is the minimum credit score to rent a house?
It depends on who is doing the screening and the requirements of a landlord. Some landlords want 700 credit scores and others are willing to do lower. The process for the screening is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 21, 2012 Rental Basics in Lexington
Ted Duncan, Real Estate Pro in Brookline, MA
Ted Duncan answered:
landlord asking for w-9
Very standard for security deposit.
It's the law in Mass.
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