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September 22, 2012

Paul asks…

Is there info for people who are forced to leave home and live elsewhere?

I’m 39 and am living with mom, after having been previously tossed out years ago by my dad (deceased) when I was 24,…I managed to get my life together when I was alone, and eventually was evicted after I couldn’t make rent. I didn’t really have anywhere to turn to except the home I grew up in.So at 33, I moved back from NJ to here in NYC. I’ve had various jobs, no one solid career, and actually have some savings ($1400 now). My mom is giving me a year to move out, as she wants to sell the co-op apt….she wants to move to TX and live with my sister and 10 year old niece…who previously said no to her. This time tho, my sister, according to mom, now has a change of heart based on her school/job situation, and apparently would want mom to be caretaker during the day. She does not pay the rent; dads brother is a lawyer and they picked up the bill ever since dad’s death.
I have a well-respected internet radio show that has existed 9 years.it’s part of what I love doing. Plus I work on commission in the music industry doing bookings. I make probably $500 in a good month..and I do pay the majority of my expenses.I cook and clean for myself. I have been in 2 great temp job situations that ended well in the last 3 years. But I’ve never been able to get a job earning a salary. I don’t know why, but I have tried and failed. I think, for where I live, i will need to earn $30K before taxes to just break even upon a very modest rent. I have some friends in other cities who might help with a living situation but then I’d have to start again with finding work. I fear not finding lasting work or even a solid place to live for the long-term. (plus also giving up on radio, which itself is a labor of love, and a very dedicated one at that?

Administrator answers:

Sometimes people are forced into situations they don’t want to be in just to afford to make a living. You’re going to have to swallow your pride and move to a location and start all over again if necessary. It might be in your best interest. That’s why I point out the importance of getting a good education and job to my children. Good Luck!

Steven asks…

Living Expenses in Hoboken/New York City?

I’m looking for a job in New York City, and I want to know what kind of salary I will need to be making to cover my expenses. I plan to live in either New York City or Hoboken, NJ. Can someone familiar with the area please help me come up with my expenses for:

Rent:
Utilities (Cable, Internet, Elec, Water, Etc)
Public Transportation:
Food:
Additional Expenses?

I plan on living in a 2br apt. with a roommate. I don’t need a spectacular apartment, just something decent and safe. No kids, no pets.

Thanks!!

Administrator answers:

Rents in hoboken will go for around a minimum of $2K for a 2 bedroom (plus utils and such). Commuting into the city will cost you around $78/month for the bus or $44/month for the path (but living close to the path will cost you more). And then around $80/month for a metrocard if you need to take the subway when you get there. You also save around 3%-4% of your salary in city tax if you live in NJ. Food and such is just as expensive in Hoboken as in NYC (of course you can find really fancy places in NYC that are more, but in general, they are about the same).

With all of that said, if you are young and single, live in the city. You will have much more fun. It will probably cost you $500-$750/month more to live there (and will have a smaller apartment), but it is worth it. You do NOT need a car in the city, and you can live without one in hoboken, but it can be a pain some times.

Donna asks…

Landlord trying to evict based on primary residence statute?

My landlord has been trying to evict us for the past 6 months through bogus allegations; when court date came, went to mediation (prior to seeing the Judge as required in NJ), they dismissed the case.

Their most current attempt, they served me with 60 day’s notice stating they will be using the home as their primary residence. We have 3 school-aged children, 2 of which are classified and have medical problems; I just had a cancerous tumor removed and radiation; all of our rent is paid up-to-date. The home is non-owner occupied (they own a primary residence in a different town/county); on our same property is a rented 1 bdrm apt. They claim their family wants to move in our 3 bdrm home; on the last court date they put their home on the market, only a ploy/lie to get us out; 2 months prior, they advertised our place for rent (and promised the 1 bd tenant our home when our lease expired – written on his Lease). Court is 7/11, how do we defend this bogus allegation they’re moving here?
The reason we’re not trying to move is:
1. The home is a 3 minute walking distance to my children’s High School (where they’re classified and finally adjusted).
2. My recent health problems — still up in the air (developed a seizure disorder after the tumor discovery) and not trying to make any sudden moves.
3. I don’t see them except occasionally when they put things in the mailbox after warning them to stop coming by harrassing us, so it’s bareable.
4. They can’t get more money than what we’re paying because our town has Rent Control.
5. I already know where they live, and send rent payments there. Also, their answering machine to this day says “if you’re calling regarding the house for rent call the cell phone at..”
6. I ordered the rental ads from our local newspaper that they placed while we’ve been living here.
7. I have pictures of the “for rent” signs they had up in our front lawn (once in front of our navitivity).
Thanks for everyone’s help :)

Administrator answers:

Pull up the tax records on the residence they are living in (will show when they purchased it) and stake out the place taking pictures showing that they already have a primary residence. Also, bring along copies of the ads showing landlord is trying to rent the place while you are actively living there.

Why would you want to stay in a place that the landlord doesn’t give a rats fanny about you? Either there are other issues between you both or your landlord has found he can get much higher rent that you are paying.

Good Luck.

Susan asks…

Does commuting to New York 2-n-half hours for auditions sound ludacris?

Soooo frustrated ;0(
I am a persistent (never like the word struggling) actor person (Actress)…
Have been trying for 6 weeks to find a New York/or NJ apartment that will be a fit for me and my kid….
My income is limited…. (single Mom)

But I find a GREAT apartment.. And the school is crappy…
Or I find a GREAT school but cannot afford the apartment…Making that match is really frustrating..
I lived in NY for 15 years!!! My kid was born there…. And was fortunate enough to have a great apt in Park Slope, zoned in a great school district…
Moved from NY cuz I got the big “C” and needed to be near family… But as all artists and actors know… The desire to perform is haunting and in our blood.. I was getting work… And soooooo miss that part of me… And I miss living in New York terribly…

The commute to find a place is costly…. but I am all but run out of gas (and money) trying to find a place… That money could have gone to commuting to at least 18 auditions by now… I will keep trying, but my lease is up in the end of the month… If I don’t renew.. they will rent my place….

The PRO if we stay: I can SAVE tons of money, and put it towards commuting….. Hopefully to get a gig that will allow me an affordable place in a great zoned school… And we have TONS of space here! 7 room apt with 4 huge boxed walk in closets that look like small bedrooms.

The CON: I LOVE NEW YORK. And miss everything amazing the culture and lifestlye added to my child’s and my spirit..

I don’t want to give up now.. (you understand don’t you ???)

But have hit a brick road…. And am wondering if commuting from my hometown
~2 and a 1/2 hours away sounds ludicris?? Or will hinder my efforts??

I won’t give up.. I can’t… Just need direction..
Any thoughts???? Or Anyone been there????

Administrator answers:

Cant you take a train or something? Instead of driving? I dont think it sounds ludicris, i understand where your coming from. Im only 16 but i love to perform and wouldnt give up. I love New York too and i’ve only been there once. I think you should keep trying and looking. If you can, take a train in and out, or even part of the way if you can. And dont give up, I really hope things work out for you! Good Luck

Thomas asks…

Does commuting 2-n-1/2 hours to New York for auditions sound ludacris?

Soooo frustrated ;0(
I am a persistent (never like the word struggling) actor person (Actress)…
Have been trying for 6 weeks to find a New York/or NJ apartment that will be a fit for me and my kid….
My income is limited…. (single Mom)

But I find a GREAT apartment.. And the school is crappy…
Or I find a GREAT school but cannot afford the apartment…Making that match is really frustrating..
I lived in NY for 15 years!!! My kid was born there…. And was fortunate enough to have a great apt in Park Slope, zoned in a great school district…
Moved from NY cuz I got the big “C” and needed to be near family… But as all artists and actors know… The desire to perform is haunting and in our blood.. I was getting work… And soooooo miss that part of me… And I miss living in New York terribly…

The commute to find a place is costly…. but I am all but run out of gas (and money) trying to find a place… That money could have gone to commuting to at least 18 auditions by now… I will keep trying, but my lease is up in the end of the month… If I don’t renew.. they will rent my place….

The PRO if we stay: I can SAVE tons of money, and put it towards commuting….. Hopefully to get a gig that will allow me an affordable place in a great zoned school… And we have TONS of space here! 7 room apt with 4 huge boxed walk in closets that look like small bedrooms.

The CON: I LOVE NEW YORK. And miss everything amazing the culture and lifestlye added to my child’s and my spirit..

I don’t want to give up now.. (you understand don’t you ???)

But have hit a brick road…. And am wondering if commuting from my hometown
~2 and a 1/2 hours away sounds ludicris?? Or will hinder my efforts??

I won’t give up.. I can’t… Just need direction..
Any thoughts???? Or Anyone been there????

Administrator answers:

Hi,
I am not an ‘actress,’ but my passion is so closely related to acting that it might as well be considered one-in-the-same. First of all, we can’t give up, because as you’ve said – it’s in our blood! Is is unwise to commute 2 1/2 hours in order to have an audition shot? – Absolutely not! In your area of tallent, auditions are what opens your doors! Believe me, I’ve been running and chasing book signing ceremonies and author seminars for half a decade now, and I know firsthand how lousey it can feel to have to drag a kid along! I only had one kid – an eleven-year-old, when I unexpectedly inhereted two toddlers – sounds like a lifetime movie, doen’t it? Well, it’s perfectly true. My Godsend has been enrolling my daughter (now fourteen) into the on line virtual school. Most people think that that is inferior education, but I can assure the opposite! The virtual school provides you with a FREE computor, books, learning tools (including even art supplies), and the kid cam communicate with the teacher one-on-one, just as if he/she were right in class. There are classroom blogs so the classroom students can socialize with other classmates. Once per year the student must go in to a designated public place to be tested in person by a virtual instructor. They have the virtual school in the state of New Jersey, I’m sure because I was about to move to Camden back in March and I checked into it. It’s called K-12 Virtual Academy.
. . .Noe back to your aspiring acting career. Does anyone consider it ludacris when a person travels twenty miles or so, daily in order to get to work? Nope, they consider this person determined, responsible, and reliable – so why shouldn’t a person of the performing arts be rendered the same respect and consideration? People tend not to take careers like ours seriously until we make it big, so that’s why we have to turn a deaf ear on most people. We are not like them, and they don’t understand our drive and determination. Once we start thinking like them, then it brings on the disaster of ‘second-guessing’ our abilities. Non performers might consider traveling to audition as ludicris, but other performing arts people would understand. Acting is your LIFE, it’s not a ‘hobby,’ so treat is as though it holds the valuable place in your soul that it holds!
I wish you 99% of the luck in the world! (I had to save one percent for me – the overworked freelance writer!) LOL!

Carol asks…

I need advice on what to do with a current life situation?

well heres the thing,i have to move,i currently dont have a job,iam a current college student and i have about ill day 9500 saved.My choices where since i have nothing holding me back down here in fl …i was looking into new england and seattle area…my dilemma is iam trying to finish my undergrad so i can apply to (medical)grad school,schools in new england are so expensive/cost of living is so high but they do offer alot as far as schools/programs and its alot closer to bigger cities…

seattle/wa area is so cheap i looked and noticed the rent/living is cheaper the schools again are little costy/but nothing compared to new england,iam kinda stuck in a wierd situation…i honestly do not want to stay down here,i would like to restart my life on my own in a new place and i feel if iam not going to do it now i will never so…

iam just very nervous about moving away not knowing anyone /newengland area i know couple but there scattered…

as far as location i was looking nj/nyc area/boston area not directly downtown but…surrounding areas and same for seattle /tacoma area….

anyadvice…iam also a certified emt but not working as one right now.

iam unsure if i should just set a date and pack my stuff and drive to a new place and get hotel just look for work and then rentroom or and small apt untill i can start school ..that was my main plain but its all new to me and iam freaking out. i have untill the end of summer
any positive feedback would be appreciated….i currently have no debt and my credits awesome and few credit cards with good amount of cash on them..if anyone ever moved on a similar note and has advice ill appreciate it..
ahha sorry for my typing , no thank god i am not a english major or a math major!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Administrator answers:

Life is about challenging yourself to do what you fear to do – when you know it’s the right thing. The future is always uncertain and that creates fear. However, you will never reap the rich rewards of life if you allow fear to control you. I suggest that you pack and head out and let fate bring you wonderful and exciting experiences in a new place with new people. Good luck and bon voyage.

Donald asks…

I am single marrying a single father of 4. We both work. How do we contribute to family household account?

I am a 33, single, never been married, and he is 40, divorced, has 4 kids and his ex-wife is deceased. We both work full time and make a decent living and have our own checking, savings and 401k’s. He owns a home and a few rental properties in NC. I rent an apt in NC and I own a rental property in NJ. When we get married, how much should I contribute to the household account for the mortgage, utilities, and general savings for the household needs. I am willing to do all that I should and I am very giving, but I just don’t know where to begin. It’s just weird b/c I have always had my own money and 4 kids are expensive and we both have our own assets. Any advice would be appreciated!

Administrator answers:

From my own experience, I would humbly suggest that you get used to the idea of those 4 kids being ‘yours’. Not trying to be rude…but you’re marrying the father, its pretty much expected that you are going to help raise the kids with him. It can be difficult, and the idea can be scary…but when I was in a similiar situation ( I have one, he has two)we still split everything down the middle. A good idea is to keep separate accounts, but also have a joint account in order to pay bills.
Talk to a financial advisor…and also TALK to your fiance about this and find out what his expectations are.
Good luck!!

Mandy asks…

I am single marrying a single father of 4. We both work. How do we contribute to family household account?

I am a 33, single, never been married, and he is 40, divorced, has 4 kids and his ex-wife is deceased. We both work full time and make a decent living and have our own checking, savings and 401k’s. He owns a home and a few rental properties in NC. I rent an apt in NC and I own a rental property in NJ. When we get married, how much should I contribute to the household account for the mortgage, utilities, and general savings for the household needs. Any advice would be appreciated!

Administrator answers:

Well usually when couples get married, they merge finances. If you and he want to keep separate finances, then sit down and talk to him about it. If you are marrying him, then you are marrying all of them, and in my opinion, that throws the whole “his money” “my money” thing out the window.

Just my feeling, but you should talk to him about it.

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