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Should You Rent-to-Own or Just Rent? Pros and Cons
Should You Rent-to-Own or Just Rent? Pros and Cons

Should You Rent-to-Own or Just Rent? Pros and Cons

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
To some people eager to own their first apartment, it may seem like there’s no easy purchase option without putting down cash or getting a mortgage. Rent-to-own apartments offer a solution. At the end of an apartment rental lease, the tenant has the option to buy the apartment for a predetermined price fixed in the…
How To Prepare to Buy an Apartment in 2020
How To Prepare to Buy an Apartment in 2020

How To Prepare to Buy an Apartment in 2020

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As 2019 winds down, you might be thinking about your living situation for 2020 (especially if your lease winds down sooner than later). If you’re a New Year’s resolution type, you might even be thinking about major life changes you can make not just for the next year, but for the start of a new…
What Is Co-Living?
What Is Co-Living?

What Is Co-Living?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve heard of sharing an apartment with roommates – if you’re like many Americans, you’ve almost certainly done so at some point in your life. Now, get ready for what is gradually becoming a new setup for sharing apartments with other people: co-living. As you might have guessed from the fact that “co-living” is its…
What Is a Guarantor?
What Is a Guarantor?

What Is a Guarantor?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Even if you’re mentally ready to move into your first apartment, you might not be financially ready. In some parts of the country, it’s common practice for landlords to require that your yearly income be 40 times the monthly rent, limiting your available options (or forcing you to split your rent with roommates). That’s why…
Five Essential Subletter Etiquette Rules
Five Essential Subletter Etiquette Rules

Five Essential Subletter Etiquette Rules

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re subletting from someone, you’ll be living in an apartment that’s at once yours and very much not yours. You might be a bit worried about how you can properly feel at home while respecting the original tenant’s space. With these five essential rules for subletter etiquette rules, you should have no trouble comfortably…
Six Tips for Reading Your Lease
Six Tips for Reading Your Lease

Six Tips for Reading Your Lease

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As exciting as it might be to sign a lease on your first apartment, actually understanding everything that’s in your lease can be a total headache. A lease is a legally-binding agreement, usually written in legal language that can be overwhelming to read. You might be tempted to skip some of this “legalese” and just…
Should You Rent from a Landlord or a Management Company?
Should You Rent from a Landlord or a Management Company?

Should You Rent from a Landlord or a Management Company?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into a new apartment can be an exciting change, but dealing with a new landlord and getting used to how they communicate and attend to repairs can be an experience that needs adjusting. Many people can recount horror stories of renting apartments from unresponsive or uncaring landlords and living longer than necessary in poor…
How to Choose the Right Apartment Complex for You
How to Choose the Right Apartment Complex for You

How to Choose the Right Apartment Complex for You

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you first begin the search for your first or next apartment, you might find a dizzying array of options available to you. Of course, you want to find the one that’s as close to perfect as possible, but each complex has its own benefits and drawbacks. Choosing the right apartment complex might seem easy…
Is Renting With Bad Credit Possible?
Is Renting With Bad Credit Possible?

Is Renting With Bad Credit Possible?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Let’s say you’re fresh out of college, eager to live alone, and on the hunt for your first apartment. With student loans on your shoulders — and if you’ve never had your own credit card or other line of credit — you might encounter some challenges. Namely, your credit score is likely below the minimum…
How Does Rent Control Work?
How Does Rent Control Work?

How Does Rent Control Work?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
No matter how you cut it, your monthly housing payment comprises a major portion of your monthly bills. Worse yet, if you’re renting, your landlord may be able to raise your rent every time you sign your lease for another year. That’s part of why terms such as “rent stabilization” and “rent control” are like…