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Pros and Cons: Living in a Doorman Building
Pros and Cons: Living in a Doorman Building

Pros and Cons: Living in a Doorman Building

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In our Pros and Cons series, we weigh the advantages and disadvantages of important decisions that apartment dwellers are making every day. As luxury rentals and mixed-use developments become more common in the U.S., doorman buildings have also become more abundant. In these buildings, a doorman greets you as you enter, though the term “doorman”…
Help! My Roommate Never Does The Dishes
Help! My Roommate Never Does The Dishes

Help! My Roommate Never Does The Dishes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s a situation many apartment dwellers face: You want to keep your apartment clean and tidy, but your roommate’s dishes go uncleaned in the kitchen sink for days. How do you address your situation with a roommate who never does the dishes? Find the best steps to take below. We, not me When dealing with…
How to Properly Disinfect Surfaces
How to Properly Disinfect Surfaces

How to Properly Disinfect Surfaces

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve probably heard the advice ad nauseam by now: In addition to washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, you can lower your chances of catching or spreading COVID-19 by disinfecting surfaces around your apartment. Just as handwashing that lasts less than 20 seconds is significantly less effective at preventing COVID-19 transmission,…
What If I Can’t Pay My Rent or Mortgage Due to Coronavirus?
What If I Can’t Pay My Rent or Mortgage Due to Coronavirus?

What If I Can’t Pay My Rent or Mortgage Due to Coronavirus?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Over the past two weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has at least temporarily shuttered a wide variety of small businesses, especially those in the restaurant, nightlife, hospitality, beauty, and entertainment industries. In turn, millions of people have been left with no source of income, and if you’re one of these people, you might be struggling to…
Four Fresh Spring Decor Ideas for Your First Apartment
Four Fresh Spring Decor Ideas for Your First Apartment

Four Fresh Spring Decor Ideas for Your First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s one thing to get your spring cleaning done, but a sparkling, dust-free apartment isn’t necessarily a home with character. That’s where spring decor comes in. As you open your windows for the first time in months and the sun starts to shine in for more hours per day, the environment in your apartment will…
How to Tackle Spring Cleaning With Your Roommates
How to Tackle Spring Cleaning With Your Roommates

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning With Your Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The tradition of spring cleaning may seem overwhelming. Do you really want to take the time and put in the labor to clean your entire apartment? This concern can be less pressing when you have roommates because you can all split the work evenly. Here’s how to tackle spring cleaning with your roommates. Decide what…
Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: The Ultimate Student Guide
Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: The Ultimate Student Guide

Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: The Ultimate Student Guide

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Before each year of your college education starts, you’re faced with a choice that will completely shape your experience: Do you live in a dorm or rent an off-campus apartment? It’s a decision that millions of students nationwide make every year, yet it’s a question that usually results in intense consideration. Below, find the ultimate…
Can a DUI Affect Your Apartment Hunt?
Can a DUI Affect Your Apartment Hunt?

Can a DUI Affect Your Apartment Hunt?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re hunting for apartments, your potential new landlords won’t just check your income and credit score. Chances are they’ll also run a background check on you, a process that involves accessing your criminal record. Often, felonies dissuade landlords from accepting your applications, but misdemeanors such as DUIs can be less cut-and-dry when it comes…
How Do Apartment Applications Affect Your Credit Report?
How Do Apartment Applications Affect Your Credit Report?

How Do Apartment Applications Affect Your Credit Report?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you apply to rent an apartment, prospective landlords may pull up information on you including your criminal history, renting history, and credit report. Younger and newer renters tend to have lower credit scores than other age groups, so even college graduates earning plenty of money at their first jobs may worry disproportionately, as compared…
When Is Your Rent a Tax Write-Off?
When Is Your Rent a Tax Write-Off?

When Is Your Rent a Tax Write-Off?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If there’s one thing that most people living in rental apartments can agree on, it’s that the monthly rent tends to feel like a hefty financial burden. Starting your lease at certain times of the year is one way to help lower your rent, but some renters can use their rent payments to save money…