Moving Guides

Renting

Moving into or out of a rental property poses unique moving challenges and opportunities. Get the scoop on what to look for, what technical terms you should know, and how to move with confidence.

What Is a Loft Apartment?

A loft apartment is a large and open living space with few or no interior walls. Loft apartments emerged after WWII, in the abandoned infrastructure of industrial New York City. These spaces were pioneered by artists seeking affordable shelter after the war. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that loft apartments became desirable to the […]

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12 Things You Need to Understand About Leases

Signing a lease without understanding it could leave you stuck in an apartment you don’t want or in court fighting with a landlord.While…

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How Closely Have you Read Your New Lease? Look for These Red Flags

You’ve found the perfect apartment. A generous dose of natural light and a community pool can hypnotize you into signing on the dotted line…

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Subletting Your Home: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re considering subletting your home, you need to understand the concept of sublease agreements, be aware of the risks, and know how to go about subletting the right way.

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8 Signs Your Potential Landlord is Shady

Even when you’re an experienced Craigslist shopper, it’s hard to get rid of that nagging feeling that someone is about to rip you off.Here…

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Should I Sign A Month-to-Month Lease?

Should I Sign a Month to Month Lease?Most leases come with a 12-month commitment from both parties, but you’ve probably seen offers for “12…

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What is a Security Deposit?

Landlords often require tenants to pay a security deposit as part of their lease agreement before moving into an apartment. Depending on the transaction terms between the landlord and tenant, the security deposit can either be refundable or nonrefundable. Landlords collect these funds as a means of security, as well as to pay for future damages that might occur.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Renting: A MyMove Guide

Choosing to live in a rental property offers a lot of freedom from repairs and maintenance. But then you have questions like, “Is a renter responsible for lawn care? What about plumbing?” Typically, tenants are not responsible for these. Perhaps that’s why more than a third of Americans have chosen to rent over homeownership — […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Renting an Apartment

All of the considerations involved in renting a property can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. Where do you look for an apartment? How do you qualify for an apartment? What is a rental agreement? What expenses should you include in your budget? We know — there’s a lot to think about.

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5 Rental Updates You Can Make Without Asking Your Landlord

If you’ve just moved into a rental, you might feel like you’ve forgone some creative freedom in the interior decorating and designing department. Not that you’re judging anybody’s style choices, but the place could use some sprucing up to feel a little more … livable. Are listless walls, popcorn ceilings, and off-white laminate countertops no […]

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Is It a Good Idea to Rent Out My Home?

Renting out your house is a great way to dip your toes into real estate investing. But depending on the rental market in your area, you may not be able to earn enough income to cover your mortgage and expenses. This guide will help you figure out if renting out your house will be a […]

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What to Do If You Receive a Rent Increase Notice

Considering that the average rent increase in the U.S. has been around 3% year-over-year, a rent increase can have a huge impact on your budget and finances. Although there are laws in place to help protect tenants from drastic rent increases, landlords have a right to increase rent at will.

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10 Questions to Consider in Your Apartment Search

A lot of new renters assume that searching for an apartment is simple. You just search for available spaces online, pick the best looking one in your price range, and sign a lease, right? While being that laid-back with your search might help you move into a new apartment sooner, you may find yourself in […]

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How to Write a Lease Termination Letter to Give Your Tenants Notice to Vacate

There are times when you may need to evict a tenant for failure to pay rent or for breaching their lease in some way. Or perhaps the lease has run its course and you feel there may be a more suitable tenant for your property. In most states, you’re required to provide at least 30 […]

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Can You Negotiate Rent?

Although the rental market took a hit thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, housing affordability remains a national crisis. Whether you lost income due to the pandemic or just looking to get the best deal you can, you might be wondering, “can you negotiate rent?” Like so much else in life, the answer is “it depends.” […]

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