Questions around the idea of borrowing rather than owning an asset. Could apply to real estate as well as other assets as cars can be rented as well.

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Claiming loss of income due to water damage in residence

I have been recently required to vacate my residence due to flooding. The ceilings, floors and fittings need to be removed from the bathroom, kitchen and hallway, rendering the property uninhabitable ...
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Should I have to pay income tax on contribution to home office rent from company?

My girlfriend and I work for the same company based in the UK, and are being moved to New York City, where we will work from home (aside from some time spent visiting clients, say 20% of the time or ...
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Is it possible to be subject to cash withdrawal even if you don't use ATM?

Some companies offer using credit card for paying rent for an extra fee, or some other big-charge transactions that you might traditionally be required to pay for through ACH, a personal check and/or ...
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Tax implications of roommate rent from unofficial apartment sublet

I'm currently renting a 2/2 apartment in the US that is managed by a REIT (NYSE:MAA). I set it up in which I am the sole responsible lease holder and have added a roommate to the lease as an occupant ...
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If I'm the only one on the mortgage, do I have to count my significant other's payments as rent for tax purposes?

Lets say I take out a mortgage to buy a house, and I'm the only borrower on the loan. My girlfriend's dad gifts me $125k to pay the down payment. She and her parents go on the title, along with me. ...
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How is monthly rent calculated for an odd term?

Is there a formula to calculate monthly rent for an odd number of days? Given that not every tenant checks in at the start of the month and checks out at the end of another month, the term of the ...
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Moving in together while both of us own an apartment

So I am planning on moving in with my girlfriend. We both own our apartments, and it makes the economic picture somewhat more complicated. Her monthly living expenses is 6861 for her flat. My monthly ...
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What is the best way to pay my American rent from Canada?

I need to pay rent to my landlord on or before the day I arrive in America. Right now I live in Canada, and I have the money to pay (in USD), I just do not know what the most efficient payment method ...
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Buying a condo to attend schools in another district [closed]

I live in a area with bad school district. I pay a lot in property tax and I'd like to avoid paying private school for my children when they start in 2 years. The option would be to move to a better ...
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Apartment lease renewal - is this rate increase normal?

It's time for me to renew my apartment lease and the landlords are suggesting an increase of 5.8% over the "current" rent price and ~15% over the "effective rental rate" (because I got a free month ...
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Buying a house 50/50

I'm thinking on buying a house with my Business Partner. I would be living on it. We are thinking on going 50/50 on the loan and down payment and hoa and repairs . Since I would be living there we ...
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Write off bedroom as office

Right now, I rent a 4/4 with 3 roommates. One of my roommates is leaving at the end of this rent period. The rent for us is $225/month/room. If I rent both my current room and a second room (the room ...
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How to divide up utilities when one tenant's rent includes utilities, but others' don't?

This is an extension of my question asked here. Four roommates are living together. Two are co-tenants, who hold the lease, and the other two sublet from the co-tenants and pay rent and utilities to ...
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How to divide up utilities amongst tenants? [duplicate]

Let's say I have two tenants who share my apartment with me. It is agreed that utilities shall be divided equally amongst us. However, one tenant has, as part of his lease, a stipulation that all ...
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Should I encourage my spouse to jointly sign our rental lease?

Looking for the advantages/disadvantages for us as a couple. We have been common-law for 9 years and are moving into a new place. My spouse recently lost her job so I will potentially taking most of ...
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Renting Out A Spare Room UK

I'm in the process of buying a two bed property and have a few friends interested in renting out the spare room. Looking into it, it seems this would be taxable income though there is the rent a room ...
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How is a relocation fee of more than 40k taxed?

I'm vacating a rent control apartment in California. The owner of the property is paying me more than 40k in early termination of the rent. How is this money going to be taxed? Will I end up paying ...
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Am I ready to get an apartment? [closed]

Okay so here's the thing I just moved back to Saint Louis from this door-to-door company selling magazines... ( as the babysitter until the kids were gone) I am just returning home in August and got a ...
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What are the economic benefits of owning a home in the United States?

I am trying to figure out if owning a home is more economical then renting. According to all the tools, according to the rent I pay now (< $800) owning a home is not economical, even in the long ...
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Should my live-in significant other and I both have renter's insurance?

My significant other and I both have our names on the lease for our shared apartment. We are not married. She has a renter's insurance policy that she claims is enough to cover both her belongings and ...
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Moving out three months into my one year lease. What happens?

I recently moved out of my parents house into my own apartment. I moved in the apartment in May. I signed a one year lease but I'm having a really difficult time, financially speaking. I can pay the ...
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Tax deduction for rental repairs after tenant moves out?

I purchased a home last July and began living there, while renting out a second bedroom in the property to a friend. I am now getting married in August, so the friend has moved out to his own place. ...
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Is there a way to live with and contribute to someone else's mortgage payments without the money being considered taxable rent income?

If my business partner purchases a home and I move in with him, presumably the money I'd give him to help out with his mortgage would be considered rent, and so he'd have to pay taxes on rent income. ...
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Why do I need a credit card to rent a car or hotel room, but not to rent an apartment?

This post adequately explains why one needs a credit card for hotel room reservations, car rentals, and similar. But why do I not need a credit card to rent an apartment? Although I do pay a ...
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Difference in rent listed on company's website and the lease they sent me

I'm trying to rent an apartment for next year. The rent listed on the company's website is $150 less than the rental amount contained in the lease they've emailed me. I haven't signed anything yet, ...
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How much will I pay in agent's fees or commissions to rent a house in Boston metro suburbs?

I am being relocated for work to the Boston metro area. As I'm starting the search for a home to rent, I have noticed that many properties are listed through brokers and/or agents. What is the ...
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Should I sell the home in 2014 or continue to rent it out?

The home was bought in Dec. 2010, and we lived there from Dec. 2010 to Jan. 2013. It's been a rental property since Feb. 2013, when we moved into a rental home to be closer to work (about 30 miles ...
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Friends come with hat in hand, but I don't think it will help

I have two friends, a married couple with a ~1yr child. Shortly before they had the child, they moved in with his grandparents. The grandparents are apparently unwilling or unable to care to the ...
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Can future rental income be applied to present debt-to-income ratio when applying for second mortgage?

If someone wants to purchase a second home as a source of rental income (and potential investment), would (or could) a lender apply the estimated future income from rent on to the present ...
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What are some strategies to determine how much I should spend on rent when I have a lot of savings?

I'm fortunate enough to have saved a lot of money over the years, and have nothing specific that I'm saving for (it will be at least a few years before I start a family). This is great of course, but ...
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How to lower my rent when it is listed as less than what I am paying

I live in a large apartment complex that opened last year. I just moved in mid-July 2013 signing a 12-month lease. As of today, the apartment complex is about 30% occupied. There are many units ...
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What does “first, last and deposit” mean when looking for an apartment?

I was online looking for an apartment. It says, "we'll only need first, last, and deposit once your application is approved." What does this mean?
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If mortgage payments are deductible, how much of my income is left over each month after the mortgage

I'm currently renting and thinking of buying a house. Say I make 8k/mo. After rent (1000) and taxes (2000) I'm left with 5k/mo. If I were to get a mortgage at (say) 2500/mo, how much money is actually ...
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If I have a lot of debt and the housing market is rising, should I rent and slowly pay off my debt or buy and roll the debt into a mortgage?

I'm a Canadian divorcee who walked away from marriage with debt. I have a great income, but I owe $60K on a line of credit and credit card debt as a result of litigation. I pay $1,500/month in rent. ...
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Tips for negotiating a rent increase (as a renter)

My landlord asked me today (via email) whether we plan to stay in the apartment and sign another lease in September. He mentioned there may be a small rent increase. He did not tell me what "small" ...
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Is it normal to hold and pay for two apartments at once when moving?

Let's say you're moving out of an apartment and your lease is up September 30th. Is it typical to rent an apartment available September 1st (assuming most apartments are available at the beginning of ...
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Interest on security deposits paid to landlords, in Michigan?

Does the state of Michigan require landlords to put security deposits in interest bearing financial institutions?
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How do I calculate the interest on my deposits to my landlord?

I was renting from this company called harbor house builders. I started renting from them in 2009 and at that time I was renting an apartment at 650 a month so I put 650 for rent and 650 for deposit. ...
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Buying a house for a shorter term

I've lived under the impression that it is never wise to buy a house (as your home) unless you are planning to live there "at least five years" (or something like that). But is this necessarily ...
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Why could rental costs for apartments/houses rise while buying prices can go up and down?

In this U.S. city, I have the impression that the rents of apartments and houses always go up, say, about a 5% per year, while the prices of buying them fluctuates throughout the same years. If my ...
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Switching apartments & the correct way to exercise notice period with current landlord?

I'm in the process of signing the contract with another apartment, but the owner of the apartment I currently live in is not responding. I've sent the current owner an email on 6th November and there ...
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Whom do I pay the rent to?

I live in a house owned 50/50 by a brother and sister. The sister has moved out so it's just myself and her brother and she has asked me to pay rent just to her and her brother to receive nothing as ...
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Can my rent to own equity be used as a downpayment?

Here is my scenario. Homeowner wants $296,000 Will give me letter stating that I have 20% down payment as a result of rent payments being applied toward purchase price. My question is...does the ...
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What needs to be considered when taking over a 2Br alone and living with a roommate

My housing experience has been me and my roommates signing leases with our landlord together. I am going to move soon, and am interested in a 2br apartment with $850 rent. The landlord of that ...
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Where can I find the current price to rent ratio of the locality of my interest?

After reading an article about where to buy homes, I'm trying to do research on renting versus purchasing a home. I'd like to figure out what the price to rent ratio is as one factor of my research. ...
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Buying a house, Bank or rent to own?

We currently rent a house. Our credit is ok, but we're working on it (paying things off, disputing things, etc). We are first time buyers. We have a good relationship with the owners. We are thinking ...
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Better to rent with or without utilities?

By the end of the year, I will be renting a small apartment with one other person and we will be splitting the costs. I am a college student so I've only lived either at home or in dorms. In general, ...
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Renter starts next year, but advance checks received this year. How to report the income for tax purposes?

I have a renter who will start occupying my second home in January. He will provide checks for the first and last month in December. The IRS states that income should be reported in the year that I ...
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How can a person with really bad credit history rent decent housing?

My ex got evicted out of her apartment for non-payment of rent. This didn't entirely take me by surprise, as she is financially pretty clueless. She attempted to rent another place but given her ...
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Declaring income from rent

Currently I am renting out my flat to my Sister in law. My mortgage is ~£580 a month and here rent is £600. I am not doing this to make money just to cover the mortgage cost. Do I need to declare the ...