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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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The Inspection Connection

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Summer is here and all across the land renters and landlords are deciding whether or not to renew their leases. Part of this process usually includes a property inspection, which can be stressful for both parties if it isn’t handled properly on either end. Luckily, the Hometown Rant is here to help you make sure that the inspection goes smoothly so landlords can keep their properties filled with renters who want to be there, thus maintaining the great circle of rental life.

The purpose of an inspection is theoretically beneficial for everybody–it provides an opportunity for the property owner to address any issues the renters might have with the property, be it a faulty appliance or a leaky foundation, and to make sure that the renters are holding up their end of the lease. There are a multitude of ways that it can go wrong however, and we’ve identified a few of the common ones below so you don’t fall into the same classic traps.

Most leases include a clause that states something to the effect of landlords must provide written in advance of a property inspection. Landlords and property owners: you chose to put that clause in there, so respect it. It exists to maintain the renter’s privacy, and to make sure the place is easily inspectable when you do stop by. Plus who knows, they might be an aficionado of reading shakespeare aloud in the nude, and if you barged in on that it could get weird.

If you’ve picked good tenants, they shouldn’t really have anything to hide, but they probably want to at least pick up the dirty clothes on the floor and do the dishes before you come over. We all let things get a little messy sometimes, but nobody likes it when their mess is exposed to the world. Renters, if you didn’t get the hint, clean the house or apartment before your landlord comes over. And before anyone comes over for that matter. Jeez, where are your manners. If you’ve been putting off your spring cleaning, stop. It’s now Summer. I’m sure you could think of a whole list of stuff you’ve been meaning to do around the house, and there’s no time like the present. Get off the internet and get it done!

Once a problem with the property has been identified, the issue becomes whose responsibility it is to deal with it. This information should be outlined in the lease, but sometimes there can be disputes about when an issue arose or whose was at fault in the first place. This is why it’s important for renters to keep on top of maintenance requests, and to have photos documenting the condition of the house or apartment when you moved in. Thanks captain hindsight! And always remember: Read your lease. Know your lease. If you abide by it, it will save you.

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The Subletter Letters

Summer is always a complicated time for everyone in the world of renting. People are moving out, moving in, going on vacation or just buckling down to make some extra cash at a Summer job. Often renters are looking to either find or fill some space just for a few months, and the most common way to do that is to sublet a room in the house, apartment or loft. However, if not done right, subletting can be a nightmare for renters and landlords alike, so this week on the Hometown Rant, we’re learnin’ you all on how to fill your extra space without causing you extra headaches.

So what exactly is a sublet, or sublease? For those of you who don’t know, it’s an arrangement whereby the original tenant on the lease allows a third party to lease the space from them, assuming all or a part of the financial responsibility of the first tenant. In other words, it’s when you let your friend stay in your room and pay rent while you’re back home for the summer. Lawdepot.com has a good FAQ for anyone still confused, but you shouldn’t be. The concept itself is pretty basic. The problems almost always come in with the implementation.

As a landlord, you should decide before you even find original tenants if you’re open to the idea of letting them sublet your rental property. Allowing tenants to sublet a room in the house or apartment will make your property more attractive, but it’ll also require a little more oversight from you, since in doing so you’re trusting your renters judgement about who to let stay on your property. That being said, the original tenant is still responsible for fulfilling their terms on the lease regardless of what the subletter does or doesn’t do, so if you’ve written your original lease properly, you’ll still have someone legally liable for the damage or the unpaid rent.

The people who really have to be careful subletting are the renters who are taking on the responsibility of becoming a sub-landlord themselves. When you let someone else take over your lease, you have to trust them to be able to hold up their end of it, since your name and money are still going to be on the line. Subleases are a great way to find out who your real friends are when they go sour, which is why you always want to draw up a contract have your subletter actually sign a sublease, even if you think they’re your best friend.

If they actually intend to follow through then they shouldn’t have a problem signing, and if they don’t want to, they’re probably actually a sketchball trying to put one over on you. Sorry if we forced the realization upon you, but trust us, it’s better you find out now than after they leave questionable stains on your mattress and let their junkie friends pawn off your furniture for drug money, then disappear without paying you thousands of dollars they owe. Hopefully you’re a better judge of character than that, but people can be deceptive. Make sure you have it in writing that they’ve agreed to pay you so you’ll have a leg to stand on if you do end up in court.

As a subletter, understand that whoever you’re subletting from has put their name on the line so you can have a roof over your head, and respect the house, apartment, loft or condo twice as much as you would normally. There’s a special place in renter hell for people who abuse the sacred trust of the sublease, and it’s not a place you want to be.

Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? Holla at ya boys: Hometownrant@hometownrent.com

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

 

Issues faced by Renting out Your Property

Many people think of becoming landlords so that they can earn from the spare rooms or houses they own. But little do they know that renting out a property and becoming a landlord is not an easy job. While it is a great way of investing your time and money, and has a greater potential for generating money, there are some issues that can end up making the whole thing seem impossible.

What are these issues? Let’s find out.

  • Although you might have bought a stunning property for lower price, but the costs associated with remodeling and modernizing it might be exponentially high.
  • You never know which part of the house may require fixing, and costs seem to creep up on you when you least expect them.
  • Collecting rent can sometimes be extremely testing, as renters have a tendency to procrastinate.

Want to know more about the problems faced by landlords? Click http://www.moneycrashers.com/five-issues-with-buying-rental-property-and-becoming-a-landlord/ to find out more.

Issues faced by Renting out Your Property

Many people think of becoming landlords so that they can earn from the spare rooms or houses they own. But little do they know that renting out a property and becoming a landlord is not an easy job. While it is a great way of investing your time and money, and has a greater potential for generating money, there are some issues that can end up making the whole thing seem impossible.

What are these issues? Let’s find out.

  • Although you might have bought a stunning property for lower price, but the costs associated with remodeling and modernizing it might be exponentially high.
  • You never know which part of the house may require fixing, and costs seem to creep up on you when you least expect them.
  • Collecting rent can sometimes be extremely testing, as renters have a tendency to procrastinate.

Want to know more about the problems faced by landlords? Click http://www.moneycrashers.com/five-issues-with-buying-rental-property-and-becoming-a-landlord/ to find out more.

Finding an Apartment Close to College

Are you a college student who wants to live in an apartment off campus? Do you find that college dorm life is just not for you? Then find an apartment by utilizing the apartment hunting tips given below.

  • First of all, decide whether you want to live in an apartment alone or prefer to have a roommate, and what sort of accommodation you are looking for?
  • The next step is to survey the surrounding area of your college to see if there are any apartments or houses that meet your requirements.
  • Finding a place within walking distance of your campus might just be the best thing for you.
  • Having grocery stores or convenience stores near your residence would be an added advantage.

If you want to know more tips for apartment hunting, then you can find them at http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-06/classified/sc-cons-0405-college-housing-20120406_1_rental-rates-convenience-store-college-campus

Winter can be Fun; Even if You’re in a Rental!

Most of us just love the winter, especially those of us who only get to experience it for just a few weeks in a year. This season is all about snow, warm clothes and lots of coffee plans along with bonfires. Here are some of the fun things that you can do in the winter season even if you’re in a rental:

  • Winter is fuzzy slipper and sweater time.
  • Read a good book in your rental apartment under your warm blanket.
  • Spend some quality time in a hot tub; if you’re lucky enough to have rented a house with one.
  • Make a snow angel and have a snowball fight.
  • Ice skate.

There are many more activities that you can indulge in. You can see some of the others over here: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/winter-activities-00100000088755/

Want more free time to spend at home? Conquer Time Management

Time management is extremely important if you want to be your own boss, and take time to relax in your home or apartment. Without proper time management, you will get nowhere and you will probably end up wasting a lot of the existing free time. Here are a few very important reasons why time management is extremely important and if you master time management you can spend more of your time making your rental apartment or house the perfect place for you and your family:

  • You utilize time more effectively and gain extra hours of productiveness
  • Your overall productivity and efficiency increases as you get more focused towards the important things in life – like spending time with family at home.
  • You control your life and in a better way as you become more organized with your time and know exactly what all you have to get done
  • Good time management lets you be happy in life as you learn to manage time with respect to your work, and with respect to enjoying yourself

You can get to know more on: http://www.fluent-time-management.com/why-is-time-management-important.html

Searching for a Rental or Tenant? Use Your Smartphone:

Smartphones have become increasingly common in today’s world. These phones are not regarded or used for the simple purpose of calling anymore. They are now used for many other purposes that serve to fulfill the social requirements of people. Some ways smartphones are used while looking for or renting an apartment or house are listed below:

  • Access to your email all the time.  You can check to see if the interested Tenant has responded to your ad.
  • Surfing the Web makes finding a new rental apartment easy to do anywhere.
  • Smartphones have a GPS system that helps you locate the rental home or apartment when going to view it.
  • Cameras in smartphones – you can take real-time snaps of potential rental properties and share them with friends for their opinion or Pinterest them for safe-keeping.

If you want a detailed account to this article, you can visit: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2046765/5-ways-your-smartphones-smarts-have-become-more-important-than-the-phone-.html