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How to lose cash, a friend and not get the apartment
How to lose cash, a friend and not get the apartment

How to lose cash, a friend and not get the apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This sad tale comes to us from Jonathan in New York City. Fresh out of college, Jon thought he had found the perfect place and the ideal roommate, but six weeks later he had no place to live, was out of $3000 and had lost his friend. Here’s how it happened. Mistake number one was…
Romance in the Air?
Romance in the Air?

Romance in the Air?

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Planning a romantic evening at home this Valentine’s Day? If you’ve got roommate this could get pretty tricky. You don’t want your dinner for two turning into a group event. You should probably ask ahead of time to make sure that your roomie(s) has other plans or won’t be at home. If they’re going to…
The Crazy Spaces That People Rent Out
The Crazy Spaces That People Rent Out

The Crazy Spaces That People Rent Out

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Talk About Renting a Hole in the Wall Did anyone see this in the NY Times last weekend? It’s about people who advertised for rent, at $35 a month, a suspended mattress in their loft. The amazing thing is they got 12 replies. The article also talks about other crazy places people are willing to…
Ode to IKEA
Ode to IKEA

Ode to IKEA

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After the lease is signed, you know where to go when you want some cheap-o stuff for your apartment- a new couch for under 200 bucks, mixing bowls for less than 5 bucks, or a set of pots and pans for $29.99. There’s really just one place, and that’s Ikea. For you Ikea newbies, the…
True Story of an Attempted Rip-off
True Story of an Attempted Rip-off

True Story of an Attempted Rip-off

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When my roommate and I began looking for an apartment in college, we really didn’t know where to start or even what neighborhoods to consider. Early on in the search we found a pretty nice place in what appeared to be a good neighborhood (knowing what I know now, it is a great neighborhood and…
Know Your Heating Rights
Know Your Heating Rights

Know Your Heating Rights

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Now that winter is here, it’s good to know a few things about your rights as a tenant. You don’t necessarily have to suffer or buy your own space heater if you find yourself living in an icebox this season. Or, if you do buy a heater, you may be able to deduct the cost…
$1000 Rent Around the Country
$1000 Rent Around the Country

$1000 Rent Around the Country

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Living in NYC I have resigned myself to paying high rents on small places, so $1000 doesn’t sound like that much to me. But what could such an amount of money get you all over the US? Let’s find out! In Minneapolis you can get a fancy townhouse (even the two bedroom isn’t much more…
Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are here! All of us at My First Apartment would like to thank the new readers (and commenters) for joining us in our opening months. We hope that next year brings even more roommate stories and happy endings! So stick around, and feel free to bring your friends as we zoom into the…
Which home gift are you dreaming of?
Which home gift are you dreaming of?

Which home gift are you dreaming of?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving around the holidays can be a pain. It’s cold (well, most places it’s cold), you’re stressed out, everything is operating on holiday hours and money is already tight. There are a few perks though. First of all, fewer people move at this time of year so some real deals can be found. Secondly, you…
Tipping your way to a happy New Year!
Tipping your way to a happy New Year!

Tipping your way to a happy New Year!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are here and if this is your first year on your own you may not know that in city apartments, tipping your Super is customary. And if you’re lucky enough to have a doorman, they’ll be expecting a little something extra too. This may sound crazy to you, I know that I had…