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November 25, 2012

Steven asks…

In my current job, I am given a rent free apartment as part of my salary. I need an opinion.?

I work at a media outlet and as part of my compensation package I am given a rent free apartment. The reason my compant does this is because it is a great plus for me and my company does not have to spend cash because I get the apartment in a dollar per dollar advertising trade for the apt complex. This market is currently booming and my complex along with others are not interested in ads because the demand now for apts is higher than the supply. So in the case, I will probably lose my free apartment. Should I expect my company to now compensate me monetarily for my loss in rent or mortgage payments I will now have to make or are they cleared of any obligation b/c at the onset they always expected to be able to get me an apt for free?


Administrator answers:

If in your contract it specifies housing as a form, or part, of your compensation package then yes they would be obligated to either replace that housing arrangement or compensate you for the value of that. Having not seen your employment contract, my suspicion is that this is not part of said contract and, that being the case, you’ll just have to make do or move on. First read your contract. If it’s not part of your contract then make an immediate decision to stay committed and refocus your efforts in your current position and company or start looking for work elsewhere while hanging on at your current position.

Susan asks…

“Leased” means on Rental apartment ads?

I am looking for an apartment in Melbourne and I noticed some ads labeled as “Leased”, I know what lease means but I’m not sure about “leased”. Does it means the apartment is not available or it’s still under contract but available to rent?

Administrator answers:

Leased usually means that is no longer available for rental as the property has already been leased to somebody else.

Sandy asks…

Can an apartment complex in California charge a deposit, a pet deposit, pet rent AND a pet fee?

I’m looking for an apartment to rent and I came across an apartment complex that is pet-friendly. In the ad, it listed the refundable apt. deposit ($400), the refundable pet deposit ($500), the additional pet rent ($45) and then a non-refundable pet fee ($500). This is the first I’ve come across something like this. I’ve never heard of an additional non-refundable pet fee, and such a high one at that! Is that legal in the state of California? I tried looking online, but couldn’t find anything about it (just pet deposits). Does someone know about this or could maybe point me to a website that has info. about this?
Thanks!! :)

Administrator answers:

California Tenants Site—–

this site will give you the exact information you need. For an unfurnished apartment with no water filled furniture they can only charge you up to 2 times the rental amount for deposits meaning if you rent is $400 they can only charge $800 for deposits I am going to have to read up on the non-refundable pet fee.

Jenny asks…

Can anyone explain to me the process of renting an apartment/house? What are the steps I need to take?

Let’s say I found an apartment for rent in the newspaper, what happens after I call the person posting the ad?

Administrator answers:

Everybody is right.

When you go to look at the apt/house – make sure you look at things that normally get overlooked. Turn on faucets, try ceiling fans, ask about the ac/heater and test it. Look for broken doorknobs or stuck windows. Look at everything! If you decide you like the place and there are things that need some repair – ask about them. Take pictures (make sure there is a date stamp or something on the picture) and make a list. Have the landlord sign the list.

You will have to put a deposit (maybe even first and last months rent, too). If you want that deposit back – make sure you are not blamed for problems that existed before you moved in.

Fill out the application honestly. Ask about utilities. If it’s an area that you’re not familiar with – make sure you find out the electric company/gas company/water company etc.

Find out how the landlord accepts payments…cash/money order/check/cashier’s check.

READ THE LEASE! Know what you are and are not allowed to do! Ask about rules for smoking/pets/guests etc. I’ve rented two houses that were strictly NO SMOKING inside. You can lose your deposit b/c cigarette smoke stains ceilings, walls, carpets….the smell also sticks to everything!

Find out rules about parking if you are in an apartment complex – ask about guest parking.

If you rent a house ask about yard maintenance – are you responsible or is there a service that the landlord uses?

I’m sorry this answer is kind of long – there is just a lot of stuff to do to make sure you are not screwed over… Or get into trouble.

Nancy asks…

Apartment for rent- is this a scam?

I posted an ad on Craigslist that I was looking for an apartment, and I got this response emailed back to me. Thought it seemed a bit out of the ordinary, so I wanted to get an opinion. What do you guys think? Legitimate or a scam??

I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only son. Presently we have moved out due to my transfer. Presently my house is still available for rent for $800UsD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now,I’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for a missionary work.
As soon as we settled down here, I had a thought of selling the house so I had to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents.Later we decided to have the house rented out because of maintainance, we would have given the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with me later if I let him or her know that I’m letting it out because of maintainance.If you notice, you will discover that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the maintainance. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just have a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.
The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $800 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…..Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you.Please if you are ready now to occupy the house and believe you can assist us in maintaining the house, kindly provide the information below for record purpose..

Application Form
Full Name__________________________________________________
Home Phone ( ) ________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Other Phone ( ) ___________________
Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Your Exact move in date____________________________
How soon can you make the deposit payment________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the house________________________

For more inquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below
( +234-703-685-8409 OR 011-234-0819-171-0310 OR +234-0812-749-2891)

Administrator answers:

100% scam. There is no possibilty it is legit.

You can even do a search here, there are dozens of people who posted this exact letter.

Chris asks…

Is there anyone out there that has an apartment or home to rent in columbia sc?

My family and i are looking to rent a 2 or more bedroom in columbia asap that is in our price range i am praying for under 500…does anyone know anyone?you will be blessed…or does anyone know how or where to post an ad looking fo r rentals like a web site for landlords looking for renters?

Administrator answers:

Also try your local papers websites and print form.

Good luck the apartment search can be a grueling process!

Thomas asks…

Je cherche pour un appartement idéal à Paris. Looking for a good apartment in Paris.?

Salut a tous,

Je ne parle pas Français très bien donc je poserai ma question en Anglais.

I’m going to live in Paris for a whole year commencing September. Looking for a spacious apartment with a maximum rent budget of 1200 euros. My question is , since I will be taking a train from Gare du Nord everyday to Villetaneuse, I’m wondering if you know of any Parisian zone that has metro station with a direct line to Gare du Nord. I tried but apartments ads shown there are 90% of the time without pictures. I really need to find something good in a safe area.

I looked into areas 3,4,1 and 11 and I really don’t know if they have metro station with direct lines to Gare du Nord but I’m finding my self to be totally lost. I tried phoning two landlords. none spoke English which is understandable but it doesn’t help me since I’m not a very good speaker. Both of them said their apartments are already taken .

Please help me !!
Any information you provice will be valuable .

Aidez moi s’il vous plaît !
et Merci par avance.

Thanks ya’ll
I actually do not know anyone in Paris. And going there before finding an apartment might sound like the right decision but I have a cat and I assume it is going to be extremely difficult to find a hotel or some sort of short-term accommodation that accepts pets.

However, If you do know one , please don’t hesitate to tell me .


Administrator answers:

The first place I would suggest you look is FUSAC (France USA Contacts).


Current issue:

As for métro service to the Gare du Nord, that’s served by lines 4 and 5. Line 2 also sort of goes there… Just get off at La Chapelle.

Lastly, RER (regional express train) E also serves the Gare du Nord, via the “Magenta” stop.

EDIT: Here are the real estate classifieds from Le Monde:
EDIT 2: Sodem O- that’s not a bad idea, but that’s assuming he knows people in Paris. I assumed he doesn’t.

Ken asks…

What does it mean when a rental ad for a house or apartment states that they will prorate the rent?

i keep coming up on this and dont know what it means that they will prorate the rent and sometime they say they will prorate the rent to help with moving costs. help, thanks.

Administrator answers:

It means if your going to move in after the 1st they will charge you less. Say your rent is 500 a month and you move in on the 15th. They’ll charge 250 .

Mark asks…

Knoxville Apartments for rent?

I have been allllll over the internet looking for apartments in knoxville. The only thing I have found is apartment complexs. i don’t want that! don’t they have normal classified ads with normal landlords posting apartments for rent. I have looked at the Sentinal Newspaper and they don’t list regular ads only complexs and craigslist doesn’t have anything either!! Please help!!!! I am moving in 3 weeks and have no place to go!!!!

Administrator answers:

I moved to knox 2 years back and looked up online for some decent apartments. It helps to talk to couple of the apartment complexes.

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