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Rental Basics in Seattle : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Feb 1, 2017
Christine.woods32 answered:
Make house rules clear. You need to be sure that you exactly know what you sign. Without clear-cut noise and disturbance rules, your landlord can crack down on even the smallest offenses.

Understand local and state laws as well. Laws will vary state to state; what may be legal in one state may not be in another. The two most important documents you should read entirely before renting are your lease and your state’s rental right laws.

And I agree with those, who recommend you to research landlord. It’s very important.
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Wed Nov 2, 2016
Christine.woods32 answered:
The rent is Seattle is rather high. However, you can always negotiate it.
It will be easier to do with good credit and positive references from previous landlords.
If you are afraid of negotiations, you can offer you price for property though Internet. Using this service you have possibility to submit custom offer to landlord. ... more
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Sat Jul 2, 2016
Songoffly asked:
Hi, recently I want to rent a room in Seattle, WA, USA through trulia. However, I find that I cannot ask for more information through the website just because I do not have a US phone number(I…
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Tue Nov 3, 2015
Amelia Robinette answered:
If your board voted on it and made it part of the bylaws/requirements than yes, they can do that.

When you own a condo or live in an POA/HOA, it's important to pay attention to what the association publishes (mostly boring, but lots of items that affect you) and attend the meetings if you can.

The reason behind them wanting to know is that many HOAs/POAs and Condo Associations have had trouble collecting dues from people who don't use the homes as their primary residence. Basically, you're paying for all the bad apples. The number of rental units in a community can also affect lenders willingness to provide mortgages. If people can't get a mortgage in your community, all the property values will decrease, so they're also trying to make sure values stay steady.
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Tue Jun 30, 2015
Summer Rae asked:
I rent one story of a three-story house. Each story has been converted in a separate unit with private entry. We all share a fenced yard and laundry room.

The landlord, unbeknownst to…
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Sun Apr 26, 2015
CorporateCondo answered:

This is tough - because in some cases if rent is not paid to the landlord it can be included in the bankruptcy. Is it a chapter 7 or 13?

When is it scheduled to close?

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Mon Mar 9, 2015
Conof asked:
I Co-own a condo in LQA. No Mortgage. HOA and Insurance: apr. 420 monthly. The building as a rental cap. The wait list only moves when people sell or move back in. In june an owner will…
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Wed Feb 18, 2015
Debby Buffa answered:
In this age of the internet, people may think you prefer being contacted via email or text and think they are bothering you if they phone you.
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Sat Feb 14, 2015
Home106 answered:
We have 2 problems at our complex. 1. We have a renter who insist on letting his dog defecate and urinate in the pool/spa area. We spoke to the owner who said he has spoken to the renter but he continues to allow his dog to do so. Now the renter tells me that his dog has been doing this for 5 years and that he always cleans it up. We can fine the owner but as far as I know he never paid another fine. (the fine was for a different reason) What should we do? Our management company just spoke to the landlord. In addition, the same renters started a fire on the balcony a few months ago, smoke pot near the spa and have big parties.
2. We have another renter who smokes about every 30 minutes on her balcony when she is home. The smoke is going into the neighbors attached townhouse. This neighbor has to keep her windows closed and cannot allow her 4 year old to go onto the balcony. The neighbor said he already asked the smoker to at least move to the other side of the balcony but she is not doing it. And on windy days all the buds fly all over the place.
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Mon Jan 5, 2015
Alain Picard answered:
Hello Randi, as everyone here is already saying, this is most likely a scam. I would talk to a local real estate agent and have them help you with this. They should be able to let you know which rentals are legitimate and which ones are not. ... more
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Tue May 13, 2014
My NC Homes Team answered:
That depends on the agreement you signed with the owner of the property, though if they occupied the property without your express permission then you may be able to get them to pay for their share of the utilities used during that time. ... more
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Thu Feb 27, 2014
Barry Shapiro answered:
Check out this great online resource:

I hope this helps!
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Mon Aug 12, 2013
Bert Han answered:
Hi traveladdict,
Agents may help you if you rent a place the agent found on the mls, because then the agent will get some kind of a commission from the rental owner. But doing this will limit your search. Others have posted on helpful websites, another one to use is:

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Mon Aug 12, 2013
Karen Mcknight answered:

Your question is extremely broad. In general, building codes are designed to help us build more sustainable, livable, prosperous communities. King County, WA, which is where Seattle is located, has done an outstanding job over the last 20 years with a master growth management plan.

Most of the core areas of the different cities in the Seattle metropolitan area have made huge strides in making these cities more walkable, closer to the mass transit that is being built and refined. It takes a certain amount of density for buses and light rail to be viable.

The way building codes work for developers and builders, is that it gives them a set of rules to follow so we don't just end up with an urban sprawl mess. Most of the towns around Seattle are creating "urban villages" with restaurants and shops within walking distance. You can still find the rural life style in areas of King county.

For access to information on the different cities in the area, you can go to my website, and click on About the Area.

I am happy to answer more specific questions if you have some. I have worked with builders and developers my entire career and have sold the Seattle area for over 20 amazing years.
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Thu May 30, 2013
George Raymondo answered:
If you are referring to purchase/rehab home loan, the answer is yes. We offer a FNMA (Nannie Mae) Homepath Renovation Loan and we offer a FHA 203K. Both programs offer their special tricks. Please feel free to contact me so I can point you in the right direction.

Best of Luck!
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Thu Oct 18, 2012
Nicole Demers-Changelo answered:
Check out Phinney Ridge and Wallingford.

If you stay close to Aurora Ave N, that is a straight shot to downtown.

For your price range you might be pushed out to Greenwood and Maple Leaf. ... more
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Thu Aug 16, 2012
marcia h chase answered:
my take is quite different...first i would check your lease (assume you have one) to see if there is a clause regarding what tenants can or cannot install...then, i might consider addressing the issue (in a polite way) with your neighbor & if that does not work, go to the property manager.. the weather here is not often this warm and most likely you will not run into the need for air conditioning often...

marcia h chase
leasing consultant/property manager
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