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June 27, 2012

William asks…

New job with clients in NY, Mass, VT, and Mich. Need small apt/condo in city near a major airport. Which city?

I’ll be on the road 60-80% of the time and just want a nice studio for not a lot of money in a decent town close to a major hub. I want to minimize regional flights as much as possible. I’ll be flying to my home near Seattle whenever I get time, so really just want a place to lay my head between hotels. Never lived in the NE and have no idea where to live. I was thinking outside north Boston.

Administrator answers:

Dont come to Michigan if you can help it. There nothing but a dead stick here. Perfect investment opportunities but the economy took a major hit with the auto companies over the past 5 years. The foreclosure capital of America! But if you HAVE to come to MI. And wanna be in a descent neighborhood thats within 30 mins of both airports then I suggest Grosse Pointe. It’s a rich city but studios and flats go pretty cheap. If you need cheaper then try St. Clair Shores, Farmington Hills or Bloomfield Hills. All are within 30 mins of airport.

In VT you can pick and chose. Dime a dozen if you get my drift.

I travel all over the US and I recommend VT. Socially and economically your best choice.

Laura asks…

Neighbor’s Dogs bark ALL the time!! Help?

Ive lived in this quadplex for almost 3 years now.. and havent had any trouble ever. Well, a little over a year ago, I got these neighbors who are about the same age as me (early 20′s, late teens) who had a dog. Every time they left the dog would bark and bark for hours!! Didnt matter if it was noon or midnight… I left them a letter and they wrote a letter back for ideas. I wrote them a note with idead, including a no-bark collar, more training, or cage on the in the bedroom (because the bathroom and living room are the rooms against our apartment) *plus the walls are super thin w/o insulation b/t apts*.
Well, it didnt happen as much for about a month..but it still happened. Then they got another dog (in a one bedroom apt..its somewhat like a studio…3 rooms..a bath, a bed, and the living/dining/kitchen)…. and this dog barks all the time and whines and now the other dog does it just as much as before.

I tried being extra nice to them, Ive talked to them, and also they put
the cage up against the wall!! I brought them dog food once and when they opened the door I noticed the cage on our wall… even though the are the apt at the end–they could’ve atleast put it on the other side of the apt.

Anyway, lately the dogs bark when they are home…. they havent stopped at all. Ive contacted the landlorf and he hasnt done anything…and I dont want to move because Im going to college and plan to stay here til I get my degree instead of going through the moving process and deposits and all that stuff!

What can I do about this?? I was thinking about making/buying a audio cd of dogs barking/whining and playing it on their wall.

Also, they purposely let their dogs poo in the backyard…and they moved to the side yard (the neighbors yard), and the front yard. We cant even go in the grass cause we step on poo, but they keep filling the yard up!! What can I do about these rude & disrespectful people???
Im going to make a cd..so if anyone knows of burnable dog sounds or dog audio cds..please let me know!

As for the poop, should I scoop it and stick it one their porch?
The people could atleast scoop it!! I love animals….and my other neighbor has been living here for 2 yrs with a dog and have NEVER had a problem with her at all. No poop, no excessive barking…nothing!

And it doesnt matter that it happens when they leave…. the KNOW about it and they let it do it when they are home!!
The lease doesnt mention anything about noise..it was like a onepage lease that the landlord made on his computer… he owns this quadplex and doesnt really mess with it..he has a fulltime job as VP of a bank.

And the TV is on a large majority of the time….

Ans they are medium to large dogs….part pitbull.
Ive banged on the walls…and then the next day I had my window open and heard the girl telling her boyfriend she didnt know why we banged on the wall.

Administrator answers:

I had the exact same problem… Day or night, that darn dog barked continuously. Made me nuts so I do understand. You can report them to the Humane Society. They have “field agents” who come out and document the problem and send letters. They told me to keep track and document the incidents so I would do that first, for maybe a couple of days, before calling. If they don’t comply with the order from the Human Society, they are fined and with each subsequent complaint they are fined higher amounts until they stop. In some states, it is considered a noise nuisance and you can report it to the police, especially if it is after 10pm or before 6am, depending on where you live. I would call the police dept. And find out what your options are. It sounds like your apartment managers are doing nothing. I would record it and take it to the office and ask them how they would like to listen to THAT all the time. Also take pics of the poop in the yard, one of the dog doing it if you can. No one likes that… Ugh… It’s unsanitary and the apartment groundskeepers are probably not happy about that. Keep in mind that you will probably get some flack from your neighbors when you do this but in my opinion, you have been very understanding and patient and they are taking advantage of that. You need to take action. No one should have to live with other’s inconsiderate noise, whether dogs, music or whatever. Good luck!

Sandra asks…

How expensive is it to live in Center City, Philadelphia?

I live in East Falls right now and pay only $430/mo in rent, but that’s because I live with a roommate in a 2BR and the building is utter crap. Its right by germantown as well…which is never a good thing haha

I plan on moving to center city next year and I’m just wondering how much I should expect to pay in rent? I’d like a 1BR apt (not a studio), preferably one that’s not falling apart and roach infested. Anyone have any idea?

Administrator answers:

If you look, you can find a place in Center City for around $800. But you’re probably looking at closer to $1000 as a starting point for a decent place.

Check out philadelphia.craigslist.org to get an idea of what’s out there. Many have pictures and a few have videos.

Helen asks…

apartment rental in bur dubai?

hi….im moving to dubai in feb ’07…would like to rent an apt in bur dubai studio or 1 bedroom. perhaps those units at the back of bur juman. any idea what they will cost me? are they furnish or unfurnished apts?

Administrator answers:

Well trust me its preety expensive if u want something decent but if u want to live in a crappy apartment with window ac in a bad neighborhood in burdubai, then u will find for a cheap price like 30-40 thousand dirhams, i always look in the gulf newspaper, its the best one out in the market they have online website gulfnews.com in the classifieds section under flats to let, so look there , alot of them in burdubai area, and u can get furnished or unfurnished what ever u are looking for, i just looked in the newspaper today and there is alot of openings over there so good luck and take ur time looking u can find alot.

Sharon asks…

Should I get a second cat?

I have had my little baby oreo for three years now, I had no intentions of getting a pet because I currently live in portugal and wasn’t sure if I was staying here (came for 3months ……9yrs ago) but the moment I saw her, she adopted me, my biggest concern was my apt balcony but everyone assured me that she would be fine but my cat is not a normal cat and at just 5 months old she tried bungee jumping without a rope,
3 heart attacks (mine) four operations ( hers) and over €1000 (mine) later she is almost fine apart from the fact that she cant jump, (still nuts but they say animals take after their owners)

the problem i have now is that last june i moved apt, this one doesn’t have a balcony (safer) but it also means no out door space for oreo, its smaller (larger studio apposed to 2bed apt) and i now work Straight shifts not splits so i am out of the house for up to 12hours at a time,

Im worried that she is lonely as she has always been a very needy for attention cat, and i would like another cat for company for her, but would it be just cruel to trap another cat inside all day ( i was brought up that cats were outside animals basically coming in to feed and sleep) my vet advised not to let oreo out because the damage she did in the fall to her front leg and back hips means she would be an easy target for the local stray dogs and her immune system is also poor.

I was thinking of trying the shelters to find an older house cat in need of a new home but do you think this would be a good idea or bad???

Administrator answers:

Well, my cats have no idea that the outside would be great, as they are not allowed outside, and would probably panic if they got out. They know where they have it good.

That you are considering a senior citizen cat is great, as older cats have a difficult time finding new homes.

The normal method of introductions won’t work in a studio apartment, as there is no separate room for isolating the new cat. So if you can get a large kennel, and put the new cat in the kennel, and let your cat get used to it, it might be easier. Expect hissing and growling as that it common. You have upset the pecking order, as your cat considers herself the top kitty.

If you can’t utilize a kennel, then let them mingle and supervise as best you can. It is doubtful they will try to do damage to each other, it just might seem that way. Time and love and affection in equal doses to both will go a long way in solving things.

A new cat should have a health assessment before bringing it home, so that that there are not any surprises.

Ruth asks…

Inspiring Music Executive?

Hi there. I am the future music executive for E-Volve ent. I plan to make this business as big as the top dogs like sony,bad boy,arista,and universal. Problem is I work a job making 7.25hr,own one car,renting a two bd rm apt,and my credit score sucks ***. My fiance and I are currently living together sharing this two bd apt in which the second bd rm is I guess u can call it “studio“?….
..Anywho. We share one car,have no kids,and are making just enough to pay our 700.00 rent. I thought about getting another job so that I could scab some cash to buy the equipment I need but that would interfere with her wrk hrs. I thought about renting a place and using a room for a studio but what home owner wnts u making that change to their house,not only that but who says that house wont go into forclosure n we are out of a house? Yeah…..exactly!
Mom has a house but is renting also. Cant afford a leasing or renting space,no extra cash. Im just stuck at rear ends. Im tired of watching everyone making their careers happen,im 24 when will mine come through. I need in dept ideas and solutions to making this wrk. Anyone with any advice is well appreciated.

Administrator answers:

Well hello mr. Exec.
I really can relate to your issues because I am just getting on my feet myself. I am also in the music industry, I am a lyricist and I write and I am working on my home studio right now but it is hard.I have a job as well and don’t make allot of money and i’m going to school so I dont have enough time in the day for another regular job, so I took a risk and joined a work at home business. I have been doing that a few months now so extra cash is coming in but it is hard work. So what I am saying is you will eventually find that way out to get you from living check to check and it wont be easy so take a risk and think outside the box. How bad do you want to make it in life is how far you will reach and try to find something better.

Thomas asks…

I am a man, it looks like I am going to get divorced. What can I do for a place to live that allows a cat?

Here’s the skinny, I got with a girl I knew in high school. I was ending my lease at another place. She said I could move in with her MANY miles away. I did and brought my cat.

Time passed and I saw her son (9) now is psycho. In the last month he has tried to kill my cat twice. His 2nd attempt costed my kitty 2 1/4″ of his tail and $700 to amputate.

I can’t beat him, I’d go to jail and THEN where is kitty? I have to go. But my “profession” is jast baby sitting. She will not give me a referance if I leave.

I feel SO trapped. I am 32 and I live in Minnesota if anyof that helps for info. Even just a studio apt. but with no income I have no idea how to do anything.

PLEASE HELP!!!

Administrator answers:

Aww poor kitty what a little sh*thead kid…seriously..as for you try to get a friend to fake a refrence for you or you know just get a job and explain why you don’t have a refrence. ALSO remind her that its illeagle not to be your refrence and to talk bad about you so use her and she’ll prbably end up talking sh*t and youll get to sue her for it! For now if you can’t get out then put your kitty with a friend until you can he is in danger!

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