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Silent enemy

Hey there all you renters, landlords, property owners and property managers. You should know that an enemy lurks in your house and is not your mother in law… its corrosion. Let’s learn how to fight it.

Living near the sea has its charms, but there are also invisible enemies to face. For example, corrosion taking hold of chairs, rods, artifacts and everything that is made of metal. This can happen at any place if you leave furniture outside.

So if you own or decided to rent a house, apartment, condominium or duplex near the beach to enjoy its delights, and your house has a bunch of furniture made of metal (for example, umbrellas, beach chairs, games terrace, appliances, etc.) pay attention because at Home Town Rent we’ll tell you how to protect them and deal with corrosion.

Corrosion can be caused by a reaction produced by the natural environment. This reaction is called oxidation and is what causes the metal to weaken and acquire that texture and color, until it’s destroyed.

The oxidation of metals in a house can certainly be considered a disease, since there is no way to reverse it, although you can stop it. Corrosion is metal cancer. As cancer metastasis begins to expand, it’s unstoppable “contaminating” the rest of the metal surface.

If you are renting or living close to the beach or in coastal areas you should be especially alert and protect your furniture from corrosion. You can take the following measures:

Choosing the right metal: for example stainless steel or aluminum. They are metals that hardly corrode.

To remove corrosion in early stages from your furniture you can use a rust remover, it is available at any hardware store. With steel wool, apply deoxidizer in the areas of rusted metal. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use hand and eye protection.

Another trick to remove oxidation is to apply white vinegar with a cloth, leave half an hour and then rinse. Employ it especially in appliances.

Baking soda is another excellent metal antioxidant, make a paste with water and apply it on the rusted areas.

Once you have removed corrosion apply a protective layer, which may be a brightener, or a layer of anti-corrosive paint.

With these tips you will prevent oxidation and destruction of metal furniture in your home and you won’t ever have to worry on your days at the beach.

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Shoes On, Shoes Off

Hey there all you tenants, landlords, property owners and managers. If you’re like us, you know that there’s two different types of dwellings in this world. That’s right–all houses, apartments, condos, duplexes, lofts and other rental properties fall into one of two categories: shoes on or shoes off. The funny thing is, the category depends not upon the property itself, but on the people who live there. So really there are two types of people in this world. Your in-house footwear regulations say a lot about you and stand for, so this week the Hometown Rant is dedicated to breaking down the difference between the shoe-onners and the shoe-offers.

Landlords and property owners take a bit of a backseat on this one, since it’s nigh-impossible to force tenants, uh, feet, when it comes to what they wear in their own rented home. Still though, you have your own preference, and we’d imagine that most of you fall on the side of the shoes-offers, especially when it comes to preserving the floors in your apartment, house, condo, duplex or loft.

One thing Landlords and Property owners can do to encourage shoes-offers is to put in what’s called a mud-room–basically a dedicated area for donning and shedding shoes and outerwear. Obviously this is only an option if you’re doing remodeling, or if you happen to have a rental property that was built with one in the first place. Still, mud rooms are a great selling point, and also a means of ensuring that it’s easy for tenants to remove their shoes before entering the house. It doesn’t have to be crazy though–the Japanese have a simple, elegant solution to the problem in the Genkan, a recessed area that isn’t a full room but serves as a dirt-trap to keep your home clean.

Tenants, the onus is really on you with this one. You’re going to be living in the house, apartment, condo, duplex or loft, so you’re the ones who have to set the standards for your own domicile. Here at the Rant, we’re shoes-offers, and we’ll recommend it to anyone who wants to retain as much of their security deposit as possible. If your rental property has carpeting, you definitely want to be strict about your no-shoes policiy, since after a certain point no amount of rug-doctoring is going to save your poor trampled floor.

If your house has wood or tile floors, you’re a little safer being a shoes-onner, although you’ll definitely have to clean more. If your shoes-on ideology stems from laziness though, you should weigh the time it takes to remove your footwear against the time you spend cleaning your floors–we’re pretty sure it’s actually more work to not take your shoes off in the long run, so bear that in mind when making your decision. There are upsides to being a shoes-onner–namely not stepping in potential messes and keeping your socks dry, but if you run a clean household, those shouldn’t be problems. The real issue is when you and your roommates fall on different sides of the lines in a battle that has ranged since people started building things to eat and sleep inside. Now you have are take–it’s up to you to search deep within your soul and figure out what it is you stand for.

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If These Walls Could Talk

Hey there all you renters, landlords property owners and property managers. This week on the rant, we’re taking a look around us, at the very things that, along with a roof, define a house, apartment, condo, or duplex. If these walls could talk, they’d tell you that this is an awesome song. Also, they’d tell you that they want to be decorated, and to make it classy.

Landlords, property owners and managers, you guys don’t have a whole lot to do here, although the one job you are in charge of is an important one. You’ll almost certainly be in charge of painting/wallpaper, and unless you really trust your tenants, you probably don’t want them re-doing the place. For sanity’s sake though, pick nice colors and/or simple designs, and if in doubt, go off-white. Cream, one might call it. It’s the classic for a reason–it goes with just about any design style, and is pretty much guaranteed not to be off-putting or garish.

Renters, you’re the ones who are going to be living in the space, so it’s your job to figure out what’ll fit the aesthetic of your home and your lifestyle. The one constant rule we’ll always suggest is to keep it simple, although it’s really more of a guideline than a rule. Still, one nice, well placed image generally looks a lot classier than the collage of random images you know you cut out of your favorite magazines and tacked all across the walls in high school.

If you really wanna elevate your game, get some frames for your posters and hang them like a real person instead of using this stuff and watching them slump down the wall over time. A nice tapestry can also be a good way to fill a lot of space, especially if you don’t mind the heady hippy look. Get some prayer flags while you’re at it and go all out. Whatever you do though, don’t decorate in a way that’ll be a pain to take down, since you’re eventually going to have to do just that.

Above all though, have fun with it. It’s the space you’re paying to inhabit, so you might as well make it look the way you want it to. A dwelling that reflects the personality of the inhabitant is the American dream, after all. Make that dream a reality.

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Park It

Hey there all you renters, landlords, property owners and managers. As it gets generally colder and wetter across the nation, unless you’re one of the tenacious few who refuses to stop biking no matter what, you’re probably going to be driving more. Even if you live somewhere where the climate mostly stays the same, you still probably drive a lot. So listen up to the Hometown Rant’s guide to parkin’ your whip.

Here in America, a car is a symbol of individual freedom, and having a place to park it is one of your rights as a member of society. This right, however, is not found in the constitution. Parking is a right guaranteed by an even higher order of document–the rental lease agreement.

Obviously, parking will depend on the type of rental property in question. Apartments or Condos may have designated spaces in a communal lot, whereas houses or other standalone properties might have a driveway and/or garage. Location also makes a big difference–downtown will be hard to find street spots, whereas out in the country you could be like this guy.

Parking is a hot commodity, so landlords and property owners should make sure to advertise it when posting properties for rent. If the property you’re trying to rent out doesn’t have included parking, maybe look into how you could work it out so your tenants have a consistent place to leave their rides.

As a renter, it’s important to look for rental properties that have the space for your vehicles, and also to be realistic about it. If you rent a place with two parking spaces and have three people with cars plus guests driving over, you’re going to constantly be searching for street parking to the point that it could put a strain on your relationships. Don’t lose friends or significant others because they park you in all the time.

If all else fails and you have to scramble for street parking, just practice parking like these guys for a while and you should never have to worry again.

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How To Halloween: An All-Hallows Guide

Hey there all you renters, landlords, property owners and managers. We’re approaching the end of October and with it comes everyone’s favorite costume, prank and candy-centric holiday: Halloween. This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, so you can be sure it’ll be extra crazy, but luckily the Hometown Rant has you covered when it comes to all the tricks and treats.

The word Halloween is actually a contraction of All Hallow’s Eve, an early christian day of feasting and remembrance for the dead, thought to have been based on earlier Celtic harvest festivals. Modern American Halloween is more about indulging in processed sugars and celebrating your favorite brands and celebrities by dressing up like them. But it’s also about communities and trusting your neighbors to give your kids candy and not put razor blades in it. A well-celebrated Halloween is a sign of a healthy neighborhood.

So where do you fit in? Well, as a landlord or property owner, you should probably be aware of neighborhood policies regarding Halloween and trick or treating, since there are usually are some. If the property you rent out is in a neighborhood with a lot of kids, there may be a designated time for trick-or-treating, after which you’ll know the kids out are up to no good. If you have access to any of that information, you might want to send it to your tenants to let them know what’s up.

As a renter, hopefully you’re in good enough standing with your neighbors that you’ve already been given this information, if it exists, but if not don’t worry. You can still get in on the fun. We’ve conveniently posted our guide here with enough time for you to prepare your house, apartment, duplex or condo for any and all comers.

First up is your costume. You have to take some time and think about it. Do people often say you look like a particular famous person? Can you do any good accents? Take everything into consideration, and above all have fun with it. Then look at your rental property. Can you do anything to make it go with your costume? If not just buy a bunch of this stuff and string it around everywhere.

 

Next, and equally important is your candy. If you want to go all out and be loved by neighborhood children forever, get king sized candy bars only, and bask in your adoration. If you don’t want that kind of attention, at least go with some fun size, and get some chocolate and some non-chocolate for a little variety. Whatever you do though, don’t hand out these or these unless you like cleaning egg off your windows and toilet paper out of your trees.

If you’re a mean-spirited person who doesn’t want to participate at all, that’s ok. We get it, you have to work Saturday morning and you wish everyone would stop having fun. The international code for this is to not decorate, and to turn your lights off so people know not to bother you. Maybe you should dress up as the grinch next year.

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The Final Showdown: House vs. Apartment

Hey all you renters, landlords and property owners out there. This week on the rant, we’re turning once again to you, our readers, specifically one reader by the name of Amanda, who recently moved into a rental house for the first time instead of a condo or an apartment. In doing so, she discovered a whole host of new responsibilities that go along with a larger property. She wanted to share her experience, so she wrote to us, wondering if we could help her help all you other apartment and condo renters out there who are thinking of taking the big leap. Here’s what she had to say:

Home Maintenance: House vs. Apartment Living

The difference between renting a house and renting an apartment is more than just having your own yard and some additional space between you and your neighbor. While those two benefits of renting a single-family detached house are quite appealing, they come along with some increased maintenance responsibilities that apartment residents do not have. You should carefully consider the pros and cons of each before choosing which one is right for you.

Tending to the Landscape

All of that additional space requires upkeep by someone. It is usually the responsibility of the renter to cut the grass, trim bushes, and weed the flower bed. Sure, you won’t have property landscapers gearing up their noisy equipment outside your apartment bedroom window at the crack of dawn anymore, but now the yard management is in your hands. Having your own back yard is great, but it is going to have additional cost. During the summer months, you will have to devote a few hours each week to care and maintain the landscape whether that involves pruning up plants, trimming the grass, or simply raking and cleaning off the gravel. If this is an enjoyable hobby for you, great. If not, you may find yourself spending more time complaining about the responsibilities of a large yard than you do enjoying the benefits. And if your home is in an area with HOA regulations, you’ll definitely have to take extra care to ensure your property is looking pristine in order to avoid any fees.

Apartments often have common park areas, playgrounds, and walking trails. Community garden areas are becoming more common. These are maintained by the apartment management and the cost is part of your regular rent payment. You are able to enjoy them without having to expel any energy maintaining them. When it comes to inviting over a large group of friends for a backyard cookout and some volleyball or horseshoes, an apartment cannot compete with having your own outdoor space with plenty of parking for everyone. How often you host such activities should be weighed against how many hours you want to spend maintaining the yard.

For Some, It’s All About the View

Apartment residents typically have walls that back up to their neighbor’s living area. This results in windows on just one side of each unit. The developers take this into consideration and strive to make each unit have access to ample natural light. Still, some units will have a view of the park and some will look out on the trash bins. Heck, some will only have a view to the side of another apartment building. The good news is that apartment dwellers have fewer windows to clean and less heat loss through those windows than people living in a house.

Many rental houses are older and do not have thermal pane windows. In addition to the time spent cleaning windows, home renters can expect higher energy bills. About 56 percent of a households energy usage goes to maintain a comfortable inside temperature, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And although the cost may be a bit more than apartment dwellers, the views and windows in majority of rooms is a huge perk to make it worth the extra cost.

The Household Handyman

For those renting out older houses, keep in mind that there may be more maintenance to perform that can’t be fixed with a simple work request to the property handymen. These older homes can have older wiring and plumbing that will need your attention at some point or another. They may not have the lines needed for cable and high-speed internet and it could cost an extra fee in order to install outlets that are adaptable with current times. Meanwhile, most apartment complexes have easy access to the latest technology and some even include free internet or cable in the rent.

Requirements for multi-family buildings are often much stricter than the standards for landlords of single-family houses. If you rent a house, you may be responsible for any utility issues that may occur. But depending on your rental agreement, with landlord approval you can make renovations as needed to help you cut costs in the home. Easy upgrades around the home like smart thermostats or tankless water heaters can cut energy costs by 40% for a home, making home utility costs near those of living in an apartment. Most apartment complexes have full-time maintenance staff on call to correct even minor problems. When renting a house, you may be responsible for the additional water usage of a leaky pipe or dripping faucet, in addition to the cost to repair the problem.

Before signing a lease for an apartment or house, make sure you understand what maintenance issues are covered by the landlord and which issues are your sole responsibility. Simple things like trash collection are taken for granted by residents of apartments. People renting houses need to know who will remove leaves and yard waste and they’ll have to be responsible for putting out their own trash. Apartments are often owned by corporations and managed by companies while houses are frequently rented by individual owners under a property network. Be sure you know what your rights are as a tenant and ensure you read over all your responsibilities upon signing your new lease. If you’re ready to take on the extra responsibilities of renting out a house, then sign on the dotted line, but if you’re still not ready or find that you don’t have the time for the extra maintenance that will be needed, perhaps apartment living is just right for you.

-Amanda

Whew, thanks Amanda. It’s a lot of information to take in, but definitely worth a read if you’re a renter considering moving into a house, or if you’re a landlord or property owner who wants to tell potential tenants what the differences between houses and condos or apartments might be.

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Ask The Rant #1

Here at the Hometown Rant, there’s nothing we love more than giving custom-tailored advice to landlords and renters like you, which is why this week we’re digging through our giant sack of emails to bring you the very first edition of Ask The Rant.

Coleen writes:

Hi, I was living with a woman for 3 months. Our agreement was that I drive her and her kids around because she lost her license, which I did daily. She had to have an interlock device installed in her vehicle. The driver (me) had to blow in before the vehicle would start. I have COPD, so sometimes I can blow in and other times I can’t. So she would and we got to start the vehicle. She got a job and decided to have a neighbor drive her to and from work. She didn’t pay for the gas or rides. The neighbor was bored anyways and offered to do so. So one day I asked if the neighbor wouldn’t mind grabbing the kids on the way back home, so I wouldn’t have to.

Next thing I know I’m being told the locks were changed and to get my sh*t out that night or the next day after she got out of work. Well needless to say I had to call the cops and wait hours for them. Could only get as much as I could get out of the apartment in ten min. Now I lived there for 3 months and my question is can she legally do that? And my cat was locked in my bedroom for 3 days before I got to get him! It was a total nightmare. And I never ended up getting my belongings out of her house. The cops are no help at all. The story goes on and on.

And the girl is selling my things on craigslist. Last time cops went with me she said she put my stuff outside and called me, as per the landlord’s orders. It never happened! Can I sue her and get money for the things I had in that apartment? The story goes on and on! But I can’t deal with writing it all down… very upset.. thanks,

Coleen

Well Coleen, this does sound like a horrible situation for everyone involved. If you’re serious about taking legal action, consult an attorney who is familiar with property law in your area. Ideally, that would be a last resort, but it sounds like you’ve already exhausted most of your options in terms of talking it out.

It may not be of much use to you now, but there are a few points you mention that should raise red flags for problems down the line:

First off, you make it sound like you were not paying rent, but instead had a verbal agreement to provide a service (driving) to pay for your lodging. While maybe not technically illegal, your situation certainly illustrates the problem with making a deal and not explicitly laying out the terms of the agreement in writing. When one party feels the other party hasn’t held up their end, the whole thing devolves into a series of accusations, and it’s virtually impossible to prove who is right or wrong.

Second off, it’s unclear from your story whether or not you had any contact with the landlord, or if the landlord even knew about the arrangement you made with the woman. From what it sounds like, you didn’t sign any form of sublease agreement, meaning that the woman is presumably the only one with her name on the lease. Typically leases contain a clause stating that tenants must be given notice a certain amount of time before an eviction, but if your name isn’t on paper anywhere, then it may come down to your word against hers. As for the stuff of yours that she has or has sold, you should speak to a lawyer if it’s that important to you to get it back, but depending on what it is, it might be cheaper to just cut your losses and not have to deal with a person who is clearly very difficult to communicate with.

For resources available to you at this point, check out the US Department of Housing and Development website, which provides state-by-state information about tenant’s rights, and other resources you can use to get help in your area. If after that you still feel that legal action is your best recourse, talk to a lawyer who specializes in rental law to figure out what you can do. Best of luck, and at the very least know that your story will help other people avoid similar situations.

Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? Let us know: Hometownrant@hometownrent.com

Beat the Heat

Depending on where in the country your rental property is, temperatures are now ranging from toasty to sweltering, and all over people are looking for ways to keep cool inside their house, apartment, condo or duplex. Methods vary both in terms of effectiveness and safety for those trying them, so here at the Hometown Rant, we’ve compiled a handy guide to keep you chilling out no matter how hot it gets outside.

The most obvious and simple way to keep cool in the summer is to turn on your air conditioning, but this only works if your rental property has air conditioning. Landlords renting out air-conditioned properties would do well to advertise that, since it’ll become a major selling point in the next few months. Renters of air-conditioned properties should probably turn on the AC now if they haven’t already, at least to make sure that the system is in proper working order. If you have to get someone in for repairs, you’ll want to do it now rather than in a few weeks when the heat is reaching unbearable levels and you’re too sweaty and angry to deal with it.

Keeping the place air conditioned can be expensive, so if you do turn it on, make an effort to keep the cool in. If you have the AC on, you don’t want to open the doors and windows, lest your precious cool air escape into the yard and beyond to be lost forever. People who really want to save money also might consider waiting to crank the AC until the absolute zenith of the summer heat, but until then, you’ll want to employ some other tricks to keep your house or apartment liveable.

Without centralized air conditioning, there are a few options. Window mounted AC units can help quite a bit, and landlords of rental properties that don’t have central AC might consider providing a window unit or two as a selling point. Window units tend to bee less efficient than central AC though, and they’ll run up your electricity bill, especially if you try to cool your whole house with them. If you’re only going to use one or two, put them in the rooms that get the hottest–probably the upstairs in a two-story house. Especially if you’re putting the unit in an upstairs window though, make absolutely sure that you’ve installed it correctly, so you don’t end up like Kramer.

If you aren’t going to use any sort of air conditioning, your best bet for keeping things cool is probably a system of fans positioned in key windows throughout the property. Keeping inside doors open as well can help create an air current that runs through the house and cools everything off. Remember–areas of stagnant air are your enemy, so if you any room seems particularly stuffy, see what you can do to get that air flowing again. Also remember that electronics create a lot of heat, so don’t leave your TV or stereo on longer than you have to, and keep your computer off when you aren’t using it. As a matter of fact, once you finish reading this you should probably shut her down and go play in the sprinkler. Trust us, it’s still fun, even if you aren’t a dog.

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The Rental World Cup

The world cup is upon us, drawing people from all across the globe to circle around the closest television set and sit in soccer-induced trances for hours at a time, every once in a while letting out a cry of either elation or outrage. In terms of houses, apartments and condos, this means that the most important room in the house is about to change to whichever one t.v. is in. Luckily, here at the Hometown Rant, we’ve got the guide to help you maximize the futbol-ficiency of your rental property.

Landlords have less to do in this regard than renters, but there still are ways to take advantage of the global phenomenon, as well as to protect yourself from issues surrounding it. If you’re currently trying to rent out a property, figure out which room would be the best for watching sports, and use it as a selling point for potential renters, especially if you see them sporting paraphernalia of their favorite team.

It’s also a good time to make sure that your rental property is equipped to easily receive high speed internet and television, since if it isn’t, now’s the time of year that you’ll probably be hearing complaints. This is mostly an issue in older houses or apartment buildings, so be aware if that’s the type of property you own.

Renters, you’re the ones who’re going to be setting up the space and watching the games there, so you’ll have the most to do. It may sound like a lot of work, but don’t you want to put your heart on the line and bear your soul for your team without all the grizzly old regulars at the sports bar giving you weird looks because the only sport they acknowledge is baseball? Trust us, if you’re going to scream at a television, it should be your television in your house.

Most people these days own some kind of television, but if you don’t, or if you’ve been considering upgrading, now might be the time. In the age of 60+ inch 3D monstrosities, conventionally sized TVs are cheaper than ever, and more than adequate for all your viewing needs. Do you really need to see every pore and bead of sweat on Michael Bradley’s head popping out of the screen at you? Probably not.

If you’re planning on hosting people for the games, you’ll also want to make sure you have adequate seating. Seven layer dips and people sitting on the floor is a recipe for disaster. Trust us. You probably already have some couches, but if you need extra furniture, maybe consider getting some fold-up camping chairs for the friends of friends who’ll invariably show up unannounced.

The last thing you’ll need is either cable or the internet so you can actually get the games at home. Cable is probably the easiest way to go, but check with your Cable provider to make sure you get the proper channels. The other way is streaming via the internet, which can be cheaper, but also sketchier. ESPN provides legitimate streams for people with certain internet packages, and there are also a myriad of websites offering free streams if you can slog your way through the minefield of advertisements. Just remember, if it sound too good to be true, it is. Don’t click on it.

And hey, even if your team is already eliminated, never fear, it’s never too early to start planning your setup for Russia 2018, though you might want to wait a little bit for Qatar 2022.

Be The Beast of the Lease

The beginning of the summer is a hot time to move into a new house or apartment, and along with that comes every every landlord and renter’s favorite thing: signing binding legal contracts! Hooray! In a perfect world we’d be able to just say hey man, I’ll give you some money if you let me stay here for a while, and that would be that, but unfortunately people aren’t always as trustworthy as they claim to be on the internet. Who knew? Luckily, the Hometown Rant is here to help both renters and landlords make sure that renting is the mutually beneficial, almost symbiotic relationship that it should be.

If you’ve been a landlord for a little while, you probably already have a standard lease drawn up that you use with your clients. That’s great! If not, you should probably get on that before you agree to let people live in your house, apartment or loft. The ever-useful wikihow has a nice step-by-step guide for writing your own from scratch, and a quick Google search will yield you more sample leases than anybody could ever sign. Find one that works for you, and if you can’t, edit one until it does.

The bare minimum you need is a document that identifies the names of the parties involved, the location of the house, apartment or loft in question, when rent payments and deposits need to be made and how much they cost, the responsibilities that each party assumes for maintenance and upkeep, and the penalties should either party violate their end of the bargain. Also, a place to sign. But you knew that.

The section where leases tend to differ is the section outlining the responsibilities of both the landlord and the renter, and it’s also the section that tends to be the most often broken by one or both parties. This is the section where you’ll specify who pays for garbage, who’s responsible for calling (and paying) the plumber when the toilet explodes, who is responsible for maintaining the yard, whether or not pets are allowed, and all sorts of other benefits and stipulations that will make or break the deal, so it has to be done right.

Landlords writing leases need to be clear about what they will provide as well as what they expect tenants to do in order to maintain the property. DON’T BE AFRAID TO USE BOLD PRINT IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE SOMETHING GETS SEEN! Don’t go overboard though, or you’ll lose the effect. As the owner or manager of the house, apartment, loft or condo, you have the final say about what can or can’t be done there, but remember that you want your rental property to be attractive for potential renters, so don’t get too ridiculous with your rules. If you do have policies that people might not like, maybe provide some services in exchange.

In this day and age, we agree to things all the time without actually reading them, but RENTERS, IF YOU READ ANYTHING EVER, READ YOUR LEASE! IT ACTUALLY MATTERS!  If you don’t, you won’t know what you’re supposed to do, and you won’t get what you deserve! That’s no way to be!

Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? Hit us on the low-low: Hometownrant@hometownrent.com