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Jul 6, 2014 10:24PM

I also found out renting ( that is what my husband and I do is rent) is if you have asthma like I do to make sure the place is smoke free and my sure other tenants follow this rule. I have had numerous places we lived in that others don't follow rule and smoke in the apartment then I have to call landlord and complain and about half the time it worked but other places we had to keep calling and threaten that we would move if it wasn't take care of.

The duplex we currently live in wasn't orginially rented as smoke free but we have been here 6 years and tenants from other half change every couple years so the landlord knows that all three of us ( my husband, myself, and my disabled sister that lives with us) are asthmatics so all new tenants for other have of duplex aren't allowed to smoke inside and if they do smoke it has to be on back porch only because our bedrooms are in front and in nice weather we couldn't open our windows if they smoked on their front porch. The family that lives there now have been here for 2 years and they are great about smoking on back porch and are very understanding as to why, I hope they stay here because they are also very quiet.

Jul 6, 2014 2:25PM
A review of the Texas Property Code suggests that Texas landlords can get away with just about anything but murder. Some incompetent property managers take their liberties even further than do their employers. And many Texas attorneys have only a slight interest in and knowledge of related issues and what to do about them.
Jul 6, 2014 1:40PM
Detroit city if you want the water on pay your water bill.That's how it works. Everything's not Free.
Jul 6, 2014 1:25PM

Everyone that owns rental property and makes over $100,000.00/ year don't care if your roof is caving in the doors are coming off the hinges or whatever problem your having. They take advantage of the less fortunate always!!!!!!!!!

Jul 6, 2014 11:32AM
Also don't forget to buy renters insurance as some apartments REQUIRE you to buy it.
Jul 6, 2014 9:24AM
The "visit the unit at night and day" is almost always going to be impossible. Almost no one is going to work with you to let you visit the unit off business hours or more than once, especially if the unit is still tenant occupied. Chances are good most renters won't know about noises until they are actually moved in. 

Jul 6, 2014 7:35AM

Don't rent from invitation Homes they will tell you screw you anyway they can they buy houses that are full of mildew mold bugs leaking pipes all they do is paint and cover up there problems  and expect the renters to live with it even after sending pictures email  phone calls maintenance and  the property manager are a joke they still tell you  after 8 months I didn't know of any problems google them read the story about the family who got ill and had to move out  tampa - north port fl  check them out before you sign a lease don't trust there web site


Jul 6, 2014 4:53AM
You may start out good but when neighbors or owners change it could end up not so good. First & last, security deposit and pet fees is a lot to move in to an apartment. Ownership is just a few fees away and much better. Your rules in your own place for a few dollars more. Your own washer & dryer. Places like L.A. or New York may not be affordable and renting is the only way.
Aug 31, 2013 9:52PM
Never agree to rent an apartment unless you get to walk around in the exact apartment you are renting. When We rented an apartment we were told the two bedroom apartments were all alike. NOT TRUE.after we were ready to move in we discovered that the adults bedroom was in the front next to the living room. The front bedroom got all the lights and slamming car doors at night and the opposite wall was the living room of a loud music addicted couple. Most all of the two bedroom apartments had both bedrooms in the back. we had our child in the back bedroom which we were not happy with.
Aug 31, 2013 3:39PM
Finding good tenants is not easy.  I know I have been thru several and have only had one or two good tenants. 
Aug 31, 2013 9:52AM
Another point they did not mention is to check any other fees that may be applied to the lease. I moved into my apartment thinking my monthly rent and pet fee is all that I owed. I knew I can afford so I signed the lease. After moving in I found out I would also be charged for pest control, secretarial fees, water, after they told me it was paid for, etc. They do pay for water, but they take the amount and divide it among the tenants and pay the water after we pay them. Nothing was mentioned before I moved in, and I didnt think too ask. Dont get stuck like I did. 
Aug 24, 2013 1:06AM
If I would have went by those guide lines, I would never rented this apartment. It said no pets or kids in the ad. And now there is cats, dogs and kids in almost every apartment.  The landlord just found another way to make more money. Stimens trash apartments.
May 7, 2013 7:52PM
I moved to another state and asked people what is a good area, to live in. I was steered to a horrible area where the hookers hang out, dope users, and crime ridden area. I was subjected to a lot of mess around me, for a year. There was any and everything around me something I was not used. Then a unregistered sex offender lived directly below me for the entire time I lived there. Shortly before I moved, the police required me to evacuate, because of the unregistered Sex offender. This man had barricaded himself in the unit and refused to come out for hours. Management was a complete joke, all they did was collect the rent.
May 7, 2013 7:13AM
I wish you could "test drive" an apartment for one night.  I moved into what was supposed to be a nice apartment and my first night in the place I sat in the middle of the living room and cried. I was bombarded by really loud music on both sides, my living room was lit up like LaGuardia from a building across the street, and Baby Huey lived above me.  I complained to management and they wouldn't let me out of my lease. I only bothered to unpack the things I use on a daily basis because I knew that, thankfully, my lease would be up in six months and I'd be moving again. But I had to rely on box fans, white noise machines and Ambien the entire time I lived there.
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