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May 16, 2012

Thomas asks…

unemployed girlfriend gold digger high maintenance?

Been dating a 35 y/o model for 10.5 months. High maintenance. [will not step into an Applebee's or a Hilton] she says she was brought up that way and wont settle. Been thru 3 jobs and has no cash, creditors call her daily. her parents pay her rent and i pay for all dates $1200 a month restaurants and about $400 more in utilities and cash. Offered her free housing in my huge apt in Brooklyn but its beneath her as she live in Manhattan and she’d rather live in a cardboard box. Says she loves me though. We have the best time together and never met anyone this fun. I couldnt afford to pay for a recent expense and she wont talk to me. Always saying how i need to get a better job and how her ex’s were all millionaires. Wants a $5,000 watch for anniversary. I get nothing from her as she has no $, she always says she’ll pay me back but never does. To top that, when she drinks at the dinners i pay for, her mood changes 4 no reason she throws me out of her apt and threatens to call cops

Administrator answers:

Dump her ass and call me…

Mary asks…

What’s the best place to live near Teaneck, NJ?

My wife just got a job there, and we’d love to buy/rent somewhere within commuting distance for her (30 min. or so) and for me (downtown Manhattan).

Her criteria:

1. Nice home/condo/apt. (2+ BR for 300s or 1500/mo.)
2. Easy commute by car (less than 30 min.)
3. Newer development, lawns, parking, etc.

My criteria:

1. Cool neighborhood, with nearby stuff to do at night & good restaurants (I was born & raised in Brooklyn & I know I’m not ready for surburban, cul-de-sac living or the 2.5 kids that usually comes along with it… :)
2. Something north of Hoboken/Jersey City, if possible
3. Easy commute to downtown, preferably by train/light rail

Many thanks in advance to all you thoughtful, helpful folk out there.
Thanks BrookBabe!


Administrator answers:

There are alot of resturants in teaneck so if you live closeby then you can definitely go out to eat there – the two main roads are ceder lane and “the plaza” area — they have alot of different options of resturants.

There are nice towns nearby – there’s fairlawn, bergenfeild, paramus, hackensack… IN teaneck there are bus stops at almost every corner and a bus system that is always on time and reliable. I dont know if any of these places are north of hoboken.. But i know they are right near teaneck.

If you dont want the house with the white picket fence type thing… There is always the option of living in apartments in teaneck or in surrounding areas…
Good luck!

Paul asks…

help me please!!!!!!!?

I was living in brooklyn new york i was in a abusive relationship, i was very depress and i was living in fear for my life i owed rent i couldnt pay it so i left the apt anyway this all happen in 2004 i have all my order of protection and police report too i was going back and forth to court with management so the following two months when i was supposed to go back to court i didnt go because i gave them their apt i was very confused and down with my life i did not even know or relize what was happening or what going to happen in time to come anyway i went and look at a very lovely place in huntington station long island love the place peaceful and beautiful the management run my credit and my name popped up the man call and told me and ask me what happen i told him the trueth like im telling you all now the man said no he cant give me the place and remember where i live now my land lord gave him a good report about me he is stuck on 2004 crap i dont know what to do can someone tell me

Administrator answers:

Has anyone told you that we have 49 other states? They’ll run a credit check in all of those, too! Find a private owner, to hell with a realtor! A private owner is just that; the person you are dealing with owns the property. After my wife & I said “Good-Bye” to apartment life, every house we rented was privately owned. “WE HAD BAD CREDIT!” 5 years later; we own 3 houses! 1 we live in; the other two, WE RENT OUT!!

Mandy asks…

can a landlord give you one ten day notice before he takes you to court if your lease says 3 10 day notices?

long story short LL lives in brooklyn NY comes up to my apt in Scranton Pa every friday. I sent the money order out 2 weeks ago yesterday he says he never got it and gave me a 10 day notice and said if its not fixed he will go to court after the 10 days, well I sent the whole money order because I have never used money orders before usually pay the LL cash but i just moved here last month. and i thought i would get a receipt when he came down on fridays. now in my lease it says ” that the violation of any of the covenants of this agreement or the nonpayment of any rent due and unpaid shall be sufficient cause for eviction from said premises upon three (10) days written notice thereof by registered mail or by personal services” now this means he should have to give me 2 more before he goes to court right? its not like im looking forward to this I want to find this mail somehow. im in the state of Pa city of scranton if you know the specifics of this city.

Administrator answers:

It looks like a typo to me. It should state:

“eviction from said premises upon ten (10) days written notice..”

Whenever a number is parened ( ) it is following that SAME number typed out. Law is 30 days (unless you signed that lease saying 10). It is just stating “ten days written notice”

It is not saying 3 10 day notices – it’s a typo – but you might have them on a technicality – doubtful though.

Pay your rent with a check from now on to be sure. Never use money orders or cash.

Good luck to you!

Donna asks…

Which renters should I choose?

Here are the situations. I have a 2 br and 2 bath condo apt. I won’t be moving in right away and will sublet it for 6 month or longer or shorter depending on my current situation which I would not like to go into. The closing date for the condo is early March. The rent is $1500/month.

I have have a couple of prospective renters. One is a 3rd year medical male student and will move in the first month and he may get a roomate later down the month. The 2nd is 2 sisters. The older sister said she want at a law firm and her 14 yrs old sister will be living with her. Both can move in begining of Marc. I have a 3rd renter who will only be able to move in April. She has 2 cats and 1 dog.

So out of all 3, which one should I pick if all 3 wants my property? Which one would do the least damage to my property and will be on time for monthly rent payment? Also should I even do a credit report and background check on them if I only will sublet it to them for few months? Is it worth it?

btw, this is in Brooklyn NY and they will give me first month rent and a deposit. I’m leaning toward the doc. But he is a 3rd yrs medical student. So I don’t know how much a 3rd yrs student makes. Does any1 know? Thx in advance.

Administrator answers:

Run credit on all 3 pick the one with the best credit and income that is legally all you should consider. You don’t have to take pets but considering someone single over someone with a child is discrimination and it is illegal.

Steven asks…

My landlord is really a great landlord and friend but I wonder if she should pay for this?

I have lived at my apartment (private house) for about a year now. I live alone and have no one over and pay my rent on time. The other tenant is moving out who lives in the front apartment of the house on the 2nd floor and the landlord was first to tell me and said to me do you want this apartment. My apartment which is the back is nicer so I told her thank you for considering me. The radiator in my living room had a leak and the carpet (which is not new) has a big stain in it and it was wet as a result there was a water bug in the living room which I had to kill. This isn’t the first time a waterbug was in the LR but about 3 times and in the kitchen I find one dead here and there. She has an exterminator come in once a month but that doesn’t help. It’s an old building but she keeps it remarkably clean and my apartment and the front apt. is spotless. She said the homes around here have this problem and even my friend that lives a few blocks away have this problem.
I told her I want to replace the rug but because I know I will stay in this apartment for the next 3 or 4 years. My rent is great and I will not find a rent that is affordable. I have a 1 bedroom in brooklyn and pay until $775.00 a month.
When she had the plumber come up to fix the radiator he said the floor under the rug is probably a little damaged. Should I pay for a new floor put in or a new rug (because I want my apt. to look nice or should I live with this ugly rug for the next 3 or 4 years or is it her responsibility to replace it?
She is getting hit with a new skylight in the hall because the water comes in when it rains and the paint is coming off.
I don’t know how to approach her on this?
My landlord lives downstairs. I do not have a lease and do not want one. She is a nice person but there might be some damaged under the rug. She knows that I would like a new rug under neath but when the flooring person comes to give me an estimate I am going to ask him if there is any damage where the leak was.

Administrator answers:

Pay for nothing; it is all standard maintenance.

Never heard of a water bug. I am betting that you have mold
[growing beneath a wet rug] that must be removed.

It is possible that your unit needs more maintenance than you

NO home should have bugs of any sort–at any time.

Sealing up cracks that lead to outside, and such, remediates
that. IF your house had water bugs they have to be coming
from some place. If it is windows, close them. If is a vent,
close it…….
Stop their access and they cant’ come in.

James asks…


Hi, i am an 18 year old highschool graduate who lives in a small town in Florida. I’m ready for something new and i have always wanted to live in New York City, of course i’d love something safe and affordable. I will have two roomates and we are willing to settle for a 2 bedroom apt. I want to go to a community college but i have been told that i have to be a resident of New York for one year to get financial aid so i might just take a year off and get two jobs, i have experience waiting tables so that would be my first option for a job. I have heard that Manhattan is the safest part to live in but very expensive, Am i dreaming or is this possible? My two other roomates and i are not wanting to spend more than 500 a month on rent each. I’ve also heard good things about Brooklyn.
Any Advice? Anything is helpful
THanks so much
Are there any other decent parts of New York that i could get a 2 bedroom apt for that cost? How much would it cost for a 2 bedroom in manhattan or brooklyn?

Administrator answers:

You want a 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan or closer parts of Brooklyn for $1,500 a month????

Forget it. You’re dreaming!

You might find a studio apartment, or maybe a tiny one bedroom apartment for that smount of money.

Face it – you can’t afford to live here yet. But you’re still kids. Maybe in a few years.

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