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June 13, 2012

Daniel asks…

How would you split rent for a 4 bedroom house when one room is being shared by two people?

We are moving into a spacious 4-bedroom apartment.
The are 3 large rooms which one person will each have their own room. One of these has its own private balcony.
The fourth room is slightly bigger and will be shared by the fourth tenant and his girlfriend…

How should the rent be split? All five people will split utilities equally.
Should the couple have to pay twice as much rent as everyone else for one room?

The total rent is $1,950…Please help!

The couple offered the following:
1950/4 rooms= $487.50 per room

The couple offered to pay an additional $100 to make their rent $578.50

The remaining rent owed (1950-578.50) = 1,371.50

1,371 / 3 other rooms= $457.17

So the couple would pay $578.50 for their room and the others will each pay 457.17
Is this a fair plan? The couple would be paying $121.33 more

Administrator answers:

No, this is not fair. That is one person living there free.

There are 5 people sharing the house, it is not like you just sit in the room all day. You split the rent 5 ways. 390 each person.

If the couple expect to be supported by the others with an unfair split they should be excluded entirely from the house, their self centered greed will make them awful people to live with.

Linda asks…

A nice house or appartment to rent that allows large dogs?

I’m getting out of the Army in about two months and I plan on moving back to California. My spouse and I have been looking for a place to live online, but it’s very difficult to find an apartment or house that would allow us to keep our German Shepherd. Almost all the places I’ve checked have either said they don’t allow dogs at all, or dogs under 50lbs, which our dog is not.

I am NOT re-homing my dog. He’s family. I’m just asking you fine people if you may know of any places, apartment or house, that will allow us to keep our dog with us? I’m looking for something that’s at max, an hour away by regional transit of American River College. I’m hoping for a 2 bedroom apartment/house, but will settle for 1bedroom (no studio) if push comes to shove. Would love to have a fenced in backyard (doesn’t have to be big, I just want to be able to take my dog out there once in a while besides his walks).

I’m looking at a price range of 800-1000, but will go a little higher for a nice area and a good roof over my family’s head.

Thank you in advance for all your help.

-K.R.

Administrator answers:

Contact a real estate agent in the area where you want to live. They always have lists in the MLS for rental properties and include a section for landlords that allow pets.

By having a large dog you severely limit the number of possible rentals that allow a larger dog. By having a German Shepherd you further limit the number of landlords whose insurance coverage includes this breed.

When you find the rental do not be surprised if you are required to pay a non refundable dog deposit that can start at $250. I have no idea if the $800-$1000 range is possible in your area because you are almost obligated by having the dog to rent a single family home or duplex.

Betty asks…

Who should get the bedroom?

My husband, our son and I are downgrading to a one bedroom apartment to save money for a house. We plan on turning our living into a bedroom by night. We have a king size bed with a huge headboard and drawers in the footboard. We also have two large matching dressers (one of which is very long with a mirror). Our son, has a bedroom set also. He is 6 and has a large bed with a bookcase headboard and two dressers. We want to know if we should give our 6 year old in the bedroom or give him the livingroom?
Kandi M…Maybe you are not feeling the pressure of the money crunch, but majority of us are. Also, maybe you already have your dream home but most of us are trying to save for it. I congratulate you on being the richest most all together person, but I am doing my best like everyone else. My son has a roof over his head, food in his stomach, every toy he has ever asked for and he does not need or want for anything. We are trying to save money to buy a home. I don’t think that it makes us bad parents in any way.

Administrator answers:

If the child is in the living room, then how will you know if he leaves the apartment? Or tries to fix himself breakfast in the stove? Or who he is answering the door to? I say Mom and Dad get the living room.

David asks…

What are the best neighborhood’s in Chicago?

My two best friends and I are planning on moving to Chicago next summer. One of us will be in grad school and the other two will be working full time.

We can spend total of about $2000 a month on rent for a 3 bedroom apartment our housing of some sort.

None of us are from Chicago so we are unsure of what neighborhoods are best to live in. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Administrator answers:

Well.. Since you are not from Chicago – I would highly suggest living in a neighborhood near one of the easily transportable “L” trains. The Red or Blue would be ideal.

Close to the Red and within your price range try: Wrigleyville, Lakeview, Buena Park, Rogers Park, Edgewater.

Close to the Blue and within your price range try: Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, University Village, Tri-Taylor.

Good Luck!

Chris asks…

cost of living in pittsburgh alone?

I may be moving out soon when I’m eighteen. I live near Pittsburgh and go there frequently and plan to go to college in

the area. I do not plan on having a car.(In an emergency I can call a relative because I have several in the Pittsburgh area.) I will not be living on campus or anything like that. I plan to rent a one bedroom apartment/house. I will need cable and high speed internet access though which will probably be through Comcast. Food would only be about $30 a week if I am thrifty and don’t eat out. I will have a dog(terrier/pit mix). So food for him would be about $26 every two weeks. (He only eats wellness dry dog food.)

What other cost should I think about monthly? I will be going to school during the day and possibly working during the day as well if I can’t get a loan. I think I will definitely get some financial assistance for whatever college I go to though because my family is well…low income. haha

tips?
stories?

thanks!

Tell me if you need more details…

Administrator answers:

It seems as though you hqve everything planned for your self and as far as YOU are concerned.

Here are THE FACTS:
1] Due tio the fact this IS YOUR FIRST rental, in all likelihood, you’ll probably need a co-signer for the lease.
2] There will probably be a little more difficult of a time finding a place because of the dog. IF you do find an apartmen ro home, mopre than likely there will be a pet fee due – in addition to the rent.

Why? Because many folks don’t know how to properly care for their animals. When an anumal isn’t well-cared for, it has a tendency to “do its business” in the proeprty – wrecking rugs and floors.

3] What about the cost of electricity, gas, heat, hnot and cold wqater? If its a home, sewer and trash? COndo? THE HOA monthly fee.

How are you goijg to gret back and forth to class? Car pool, public transportation, bicycle or walk?

With the cost of gasoline, insurance and maintenance, I can almost guarantee you’ll be asked to pay something every week or month for some of the expenses – by paying something to that person driving you.

Are you going to be working?

You have A WHOLE LOT to plan and think about, don’t you?

NOW to get to the heart of the matter: Helping you get that place AND protecting your deposits:

To start the search for their new/next residence

http://craigslist.org

http://realtor.com

If you’re looking for a rating for a particular apartment complex, maybe this site will help:

http://apartmentratings.com/

Once you find that property and are approved, to protect your deposits:
As soon as you get those keys, don’t move anything into the property until you prepare a list of everything wrong with the property.

Make it perfectly clear you will not be responsible for any pre-existing conditions or needed repairs.

Here’s what I suggest:

Go in defensively! Protect yourself and your deposits!

Whatever is told to you which is not in the lease, send the landlord or agent a letter explaing those things as you see and understand them – from your perspective!

This includes repairs, paint, painting, pets, etc. Sign and date the list. Bring or mail it to the landlord or agent. You should do this within 5 calendar days (days in a row).

To increase the likelihood of having as much of your deposits as possible returned to you, you should make a list of everything wrong with the property. No matter how minor or unimportant the repair, situation or problem may seem to be, put it on the list! When its not on the list, its your responsibility. In other words, when you move from the property, it will be deducted from your deposits. When damages are more than the deposits, you will be responsible for any and all additional money.

B] For the list to be easily read and understood, please clearly print or type the list.
Each room or area should have its own heading or title. List all problems in that room or area. Do the same for the next room or area and the next. Do not forget ceilings, walls, floors, closets, doors [front and back], windows, stairways, halls, attic, basement, garage storage shed and, when applicable, any outbuildings; the outside of the house, condominium or apartment.

C] List appliances not properly working, leaking faucets, “running” toilets; spots, burns, stains and tears on rugs; cracks on ceilings, walls and floors; chipped, missing and broken tile; cracked, stuck, broken or missing windows and screens; and all other problems as they appear in that room or area. Nails, nail holes and stuck, missing, cracked or broken windows may be in each room or area. DO NOT leave them out or forget them. Put them on the list. Be as specific and clear as possible.

You may also wish to take pictures, too.
Get duplicates. Sign and date originals & duplicates. Send the originals to the owner or agent.

Thanks for asking your Q! I enjoyed answering it!

VTY,
Ron Berue
Yes, that is my real last name!

Laura asks…

Can my husband and I share a one bedroom apartment with a baby in Texas?

I have always heard you can only share a 1 bedroom with a baby until they’re six months at which point you must have a bedroom for the child. Is this true? We’re trying to move into a wonderful, expensive complex soon and plan to conceive at the same time so we’ll probably be in a lease when he or she comes along- in a one bedroom- and can’t afford a 2 bedroom there. We’re saving slowly for a house on the side and probably by the time he or she is two we’ll get out of there.

Question is from a legal aspect: can we do this?

Administrator answers:

You can do this, the law is actually 12 months, not 6. You will have plenty of time to move after the baby.

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