Posts Tagged: Landlord

How Katherine Got Her Landlord to Fix the Sink

How Katherine Got Her Landlord to Fix the Sink

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With this post we bid farewell and good luck to Katherine who has made a big move in her career and has to cut back on her extracurriculars, including blogging for My First Apartment. The good news is that this opens up another blogger slot, so if you are interested, drop us a note to…
What You Need to Know About Rent Guarantors

What You Need to Know About Rent Guarantors

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Guarantors. Who needs ‘em! Well, you might if you want to get a NYC apartment and don’t make 40 times your monthly rent in annual salary. What do I mean? Well, say you’re looking to rent an apartment with friends for $2,000 (for the entire place). $2,000 x 40. . . that’s a slick $80k. Yowza!…
How To Deal With Bad Landlords

How To Deal With Bad Landlords

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Russell works for Response Mine Interactive, an internet marketing company in Atlanta, GA.  He has dealt with bad landlords for the past three years, and has filed a lawsuit against one.  Currently he is working on a client specializing in furniture. Dealing with Bad Landlords So,  you’re out of your parents’ house…
Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You heard it here first — we’re going to the mailbox! Benjamin from Allentown, PA  wants to know how much his rent should be increased per year. Ah, don’t we all. I’m actually about a month away from my landlord sending me my renewal papers and I’m already anxious as to whether he’s going to…
Top 5 Warning Signs That the Apartment Ad is a Scam!

Top 5 Warning Signs That the Apartment Ad is a Scam!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re trying to suss out an apartment over the internet, hopefully you’re not taking everything you’re getting back at face value. Oh no! Did I ruin the apt dream for you? I hope not. . . because cozy certainly means small in NYC translation as opposed to, you know, home-y and cute. That’s a…
Emergencies Happen. You Need a Great Landlord

Emergencies Happen. You Need a Great Landlord

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living on one’s own, things don’t always go as planned. Might as well just plan on that, actually. But, there are smart ways to plan — like making sure that your landlord is the kind that takes care of business. When I first met my landlord, I took note of how on-the-ball he was and…
Beware New Condo Buildings with Unfinished Apartments!

Beware New Condo Buildings with Unfinished Apartments!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As I’m making plans to move out, I’ve been picking friends’ brains to see if they have any connections to open apartments/roommates and came across another crazy NYC housing story that I very much need to share with ya’ll. It’s one of the worst I’ve heard – and it can really happen anywhere and to…
What Kind of Credit Score do you Need to Rent an Apartment?

What Kind of Credit Score do you Need to Rent an Apartment?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the most common questions MyFirstApartment has received has been about credit scores — how high do scores need to be and how can you get a higher score? As you may or may not know, there are three online sites that required by law to give you a free credit report once a…
After a flood the size of Noah’s Ark, I’m getting renter’s insurance!

After a flood the size of Noah’s Ark, I’m getting renter’s insurance!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s raining, it’s pouring, from…my kitchen ceiling?! Yep, welcome to just a regular Sunday evening at my casa — except for the my-whole-dining-room-table-being-under-water thing. Well, it wasn’t THAT bad, but around 11:30p.m., water started pouring in from about five separate locations. And there was no way to stop it! There were pools of wet everywhere.…
When is it time to rock the landlord boat?

When is it time to rock the landlord boat?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I wouldn’t say that I’m living illegally in my apartment, oh no. But, I haven’t signed a lease. And, I wonder if my rent is going to go up every month until it’s time to sign a new lease in October. That said, there are things in the apartment that need to be fixed. While…