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Rental Basics in Boston : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Nov 6, 2016
Preethi asked:
Wed Nov 2, 2016
Christine.woods32 answered:
I have been trying to do it too. Unfortunately, you don't have such possibility. You need to post a property on Zillow and only then it will appear on Trulia.
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Tue Sep 20, 2016
Lori Nalbandian asked:
If client signs lease and picks up keys for unit and then decides not to move in are they still responsible to pay realtor fee?
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Thu Jul 28, 2016
Angelica P answered:

Rental prices that are displayed on rental listings are for monthly periods.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Wed Feb 17, 2016
Jenifersoflous answered:
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 find, negotiate and do paperwork legally. It's very important to do paper works properly.

Major thing is you will be benefited with His/Her Negotiation Skills. You can save your money and can go under budget.

If you like to check about them more use this list of top realtors in Boston
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Thu Jun 4, 2015
Eric Markowski answered:
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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Sun May 17, 2015
Cassandra Smith answered:
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 find anything from a small studio to a 2 bedroom apartment. I would be happy to give you further details, tailored to your criteria. Feel free to email me at and we can discuss this further! ... more
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Sat Mar 7, 2015
Erica Vignola answered:
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 required to give you notice of the interest baring account where your security is deposited within 30 days. Since I've been asking for the notice, he's been avoiding, until today when he said I would have to fill out a W-9 and that he never even deposited our security! FYI (for NJ, but I'm sure MA in some form as well). The law states that I'm able to now send a certified letter stating that I can apply the security deposit to my current rent if I decide to do so. My only question now is, shouldn't this have been advised by our real estate agent and even if we failed to sign a W-9, he still broke the law (question mark doesn't work on my keyboard) lol

Good Luck with everything!
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Wed Feb 25, 2015
Estelle Ticktin answered:
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 property (for twice the price that Cath Cassady claims her "very nice family" is renting it out for. I asked how she got my email and he said she probably copied a real ad on Trulia and then set it up as her own, so that she received the contact info. Beware - if it sounds too good to be true it probably is - esp. if they claim to be dealing from a distance! ... more
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Sun Feb 22, 2015
Josh Barnett answered:
Sun Feb 22, 2015
dploves2sellhomes answered:
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, then there's a good chance that it is. If you are looking for a rental, you may want to use a Realtor. A Realtor will have access to legitimate rentals and the can focus on what you are looking for.
Remember to FLAG and report scams to Trulia.
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Tue Oct 14, 2014
Dan Tabit answered:
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 leave. Read the landlord Tenant Law for MA to make sure you understand your options, but ask the landlord what they want. ... more
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Sun Sep 28, 2014
Kim Benedict answered:
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, and charge nothing to the tents for helping them.
They normally require 1st month rent up front then 2 months security deposit paid on signing of lease.

If you wan to make sure your protected hire a realtor that gets paid via the landlord only and they will make sure your protected via the laws in your state!

Good luck!
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Mon Jul 7, 2014
Samuel Rymer answered:
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 their passport and and family funds documents. If you are coming to work in Boston from overseas, you will need a J-1 or another working Visa. The US has different agreements with many countries and depending on which visa you have could mean approval or rejection. If the owner is unfamiliar with the international relocation process, this is when having an experience and highly regarded real estate Broker comes in handy (hint hint). I specialize in assisting individuals relocating from abroad or just from another state.

Check out this link for for more information on Visa's

Please call or email me for help with renting in the Allston/Brighton and Brookline areas.
617-775-3074 /
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