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Rental Basics in Middlesex County : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Oct 1, 2017
Ellen Friedman answered:
Landlord's charge all kinds of fees--some charge a move-in fee, some a key fee, and so on. If they want to charge additional rent because you have a pet they may do that. They can charge any fee they want as long as it's not an additional security deposit. Landlords may legally charge only one month's rent as a security or damage deposit--and a pet fee that is refundable if there's no pet damage would fall into that category. Additional rent that you do not get back would not. You don't have to pay the additional fees or the additional rent but keep in mind that it's tough to find a landlord who will rent so someone with a pet.

Ellen G. Friedman, Keller Williams Realty,
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Fri Sep 28, 2012
Masha Senderovich answered:
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
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Mon Jul 14, 2014
Ellen Friedman answered:
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 prior to the expiration. In your case it was one month. It sounds as though your lease auto-renewed with all of its terms intact. I have not seen the lease, but based on what you have written it is my opinion that once the lease self-renewed neither side could change the terms, and a rent increase is a change in terms. If the landlord gives you a hard time you might think of talking to an attorney.

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Sat Jul 21, 2012
Sherri Way answered:
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 again dependent on who is doing the screening. Typically though it's 3-4 days. It shouldn't take longer than that unless it's hard to get a hold of people. ... more
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Sat Jun 2, 2012
Lilia Gouarian answered:
Dear Paola, the price is very rarely negotiable. There is no need for the LL to compromise. The inventory is low, so the answer on your lower offer will be NO. Guaranteed. Unless there is a reason to negotiate. Please call me for a specific question and I'll get you an answer. There are too many people who want to live in Cambridge and not enough inventory. Lilia, 617-901-7413. ... more
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Sat Jun 2, 2012
Mathew Ames answered:
Simply email me :) I'll do all the work.
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Thu Oct 10, 2013
Michael Emery answered:
Do they have pets? Do they smoke? Who is going to be on the lease with them / be living with them? How long do they plan on renting? Can they afford the rent? Does their background check and credit check reveal any past evictions and credit blips? ... more
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Mon Apr 4, 2011
Elizabeth Herbert answered:
That's a hard one to answer because some areas are demanding higher rent than others, and not all landlords are charging the same amount. Plus, what is being rented, an apartment, a condo, or a house? ... more
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Sat Nov 14, 2009
Scott A. Nelson answered:
Furnishings typically represent a value of about 15% the value of the property. Furnishing a rental would typically be a feature for a specific prospective tenant's interest. You should look at who the potential tenant is that is renting in your properties area, what do they do for a living, what do they do for enjoyment, what do they like for sports, outdoor activities, commuting, dining, cultural enrichment, charities etc. Is the target tenant in your area interested in a pre-furnished apartment? You should consult with several local real estate agents/brokers and get their imput as to whether renting your property fully furnished would be attractive to prospective tenants. In some areas it might be, in others not so much. Terms & timeline of tenancy agreement will also affect the types of tenants you'll attract.

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Fri Aug 28, 2009
Ken Lambert answered:
Hello Joyamason- Assuming that $1300 is the going rate there without a garage, I would say add another $75 or maybe $100 per month. It also depends on if they already have saved/ protected lot parking or if they would be on the street fending for themselves.
Also- it depends on the town.
If I can be of any help, please let me know. Thanks,

Ken L.
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Tue Mar 17, 2009
Kevin Vitali answered:
Technically you are responsible for the lease. With that said will they sue you for the balance... maybe, maybe not. Sometimes there iare provisions in the lease for breaking the lease after certain time periods. You should reread your lease and see what it says.

Best thing to do is to talk to the landlord and reach some sort of compromise. Explain your position, but also realize you did sign a lease and he might be able to hold you responsible. I have fount most landlords will work with the tenant if they are honest, upfront and willing to compromise. Good luck!!
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