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August 6, 2012

Donald asks…

How can I get an apt with bad credit and no job?

I’m moving to NJ for grad school and need an apartment. I have about $8k saved up for several months rent and expenses, but I’m just moving there, so obviously I don’t have a job yet for the landlord to check for my income. Also, I have poor credit because of a ton of student loans and stuff, so I doubt my credit score will impress anyone. How can I get an apt from a decent place? I don’t know anyone in the area, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting a roommate and I don’t want to live in a dump.
Sorry, forgot to mention that I don’t think getting a co-signer on the lease is an option.

Administrator answers:

Get a relative to co-sign for you.

Susan asks…

Should we move? Should we rent? Should we buy?

For the past 2 years my husband and I have lived in a 3rd floor, walk-up apartment with 2 dogs and we now have a 10 month old. We moved in after moving to the south (South Carolina) several years ago, deciding it really wasn’t for us and making the decision to move back home (to NJ). My parents had recently purchased an investment property and offered to let us move in to the apt we currently live in. It was a great quick solution. It’s a really nice place, vaulted ceilings 2 full baths. Before having our son it was only mildly inconvenient to walk the dogs down stairs and not to have a yard. Now, we are really wishing we had a house with a yard. We miraculously found a very cute place in our price range ($50 more a month). It has a yard, is fenced in and is located next to a farm. The folks who would be our new landlords own the farm and are very sweet grandparent-types that seem to be dream landlords, they even offered to waive the security deposit for us because they really want a nice family in their place, plus they don’t care one bit about our dogs, which is rare. Besides having to move all of our things, the only downfalls to the new place are that it needs paint, has one bathroom, doesn’t have a dishwasher and the w/d’s are older. It’s a refurbed older farmhouse, it has all new wiring, hardwood floors (carpeted apt is killing me with the dogs and baby) an energy saving electric water heater and all new insulation.
Since we’ve told my parents that we intend to move out and have found someone to take our place, they have offered now to BUY a house for us to live in. I know, it seems like we are spoiled here but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, I think it makes us reliant on them. They say that they will buy a house that we can purchase from them in the future or, if we want to move out they will just rent it. Of course it is very tempting bc I’m pretty sure my husband and I won’t be ready to buy a house financially for several years, but we haven’t really pursued it. We are also undecided as to whether we want to stay in this area.
Though it can get messy with my parents so involved, I know, I sometimes think it is a luxury that some people would love to have so I wonder, “am I looking a gift horse in the mouth?” Should I just jump on the offer? Finally there is the issue of timing, I don’t know how much I can take another winter in this apartment and pretty soon my son will be walking and I worry about the stairs. The new place is ready to go and buying a home with my parents may take months or it may take a year. We are having such a tough time with this decision so I hope someone can offer some advice or info that we haven’t thought of to help us decide bc time is ticking. Thank you.

Administrator answers:

You should buy. You have a child now and dogs, time for a home for your family.

Thomas asks…

Does anyone have any info on Renter’s rights in NJ? Lease signed @ noon on a fri & terminated verbally Mon am

I was forced to sign it by noon, b/c of other interested renters. Two months later the apt has not been rented and I was told today, Oct 24, that I owe the rent for Oct. I am actively trying to find someone to rent. A friend of mine would like to take the apt for her and her 2 year old. Her husband is fighting in Iraq. She was told that the policy is that a man must occupy the apt with her and her child and was denied. Does anyone have any info on how to get out of this lease? And as far as my friend being denied, isnt that discrimination? Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Her husband is leaving for Iraq in December, and will also sign the lease

Administrator answers:

Unfortunately, seeing as her husband is in Iraq, he cannot sign the application, lease, etc.

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