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Interest on a deposit

In NC Can I sue for the interest on a security deposit that was in escrow for over 12 year's? My former landlord died and my deposit was with held unlawfully , can I sue for three time's the amount of ...
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renter's insurance for causing property damage

It seems that renter's insurance only covers the tenant's property and perhaps guests. I suspect that a far bigger financial risk for a tenant is in liability due to causing a fire, flood or other ...
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What is the proper way to hold a subtenant's rental deposit?

I have recently leased an apartment with a friend, and we've subletted out a room to another girl and collected her security deposit. I want to store it in a savings account without touching it, but ...
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How do I determine how much rent I could charge for a property or location?

I am interested in investing in property. How do I go about figuring out the rent-ability of any given property? As in how do I figure out how much rent a property could get potentially on average ...
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Need exit strategy for aging mother who owns aging rental properties, please

I'm terrified for my 71-year-old mother's immediate future. She owns 12 residential rentals. We desperately need an exit strategy but she owes as much as or more than market value, and cannot afford ...
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Difference between a mortgage and buy-to-let in UK

In terms of rights, whats the difference between getting a regular mortgage and a buy-to-let mortgage for a property in the UK? For example, if I wanted to invest in a property, and got a regular ...
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Can one insure a home's AC unit?

My mother-in-law would like to insure her single family home AC unit while my wife and I are informally renting a room with her. Is this possible? Although the unit is 10 years old and runs fine, she ...
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Having a flat rented for me on expenses vs having a payrise

I've been offered a flat in London instead of a pay rise. I feel like I'm getting a great deal, but I just want to run this by people in case there's something I'm missing here. Quick background. I ...
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How do I determine capital gains tax on a vacation property for 2014?

In 2003, I bought a property in New Jersey for $465,000 to use as a vacation home. I'm planning to sell it, and I think that I'll get around $685,000. I rented it out for several weeks the first year ...
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Would there be tax implications if I used AirBnB as opposed to just renting out a unit normally?

Basically in the topic. I bought a duplex last October and the upstairs unit is going to become available soon. I live in the downstairs, which already makes the taxes a little more fun. Basically I'm ...
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Is there a rule of thumb when getting roommates in a house?

I have a 3 br house, and I'm considering getting roommates. For the sake of round numbers, let's say my mortgage and all bills(water, electricity, cable, internet, etc) comes to $1,500 a month. Of ...
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Can my local municipality charge taxes on rental income I make out of state?

EDIT Sorry for the unclear question - been staring at tax forms all night. I meant to say that I live in a municipality in Ohio that charges local income taxes. It looks like my local municipality ...
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Tax Impact of Selling Appliances in a Rental Property

I sold the refrigerator in one of my rental properties this year & replaced it with a new one. On my Federal Income Taxes (Schedule E) this year, would the proceeds from the sale count as Rents ...
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If I own 50% of the house, and my partner rents the home how is the rental income taxed?

I own 50% of a home, which I would like to use to write off the taxes, as I will be paying the bills. The other person invested 50% up front and they would like to rent out a room in the house. If ...
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Priced out of London property market. What are my accommodation investment options?

I'm from the UK, I don't have any debt and have some savings that could get me a mortgage somewhere but not where I currently live in London. At the moment I pay low rent but I'm very keen to divert ...
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Multiple people interested in an Apartment

I own a four family building which I am actively renting. Every time I go to rent it I raise the rent slightly and I check the comparables in the area to make sure I am still not pricing myself out ...
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Investing in DHA property in Queensland

I was interested in investing in DHA (Defence Housing Australia) properties in Queensland. Does anyone who may have any DHA investment properties within Queensland know how these properties have ...
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Might I need a credit score to rent, or for any other non-borrowing finances?

I'm moving to Canada soon, and I've read that some people use credit cards for the sole purpose of building up a credit score that they might need. Personally, I consider a system requiring this ...
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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 deduct or capitalize the cost to replace a water heater in my rental property? (details Below)

Recently had a water heater die in my rental property and it had to be replaced with a new one. Here are the specifics: Old water heater that was in the unit when I bought it. The property was ...
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Who pays the fee on a NYC no-fee co-broke apartment rental?

I know the following is true (or if it's not, please correct me!): a) If my broker shows me a place that has a fee that's listed by another broker, then they split the fee (i.e. a typcial co-broke ...
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How to declare/deduct owner occupied multi-unit property that only owner occupied one year, but is partially rented the next?

Context: I'm still doing 2011 and 2012 taxes. I purchased a house in the beginning of 2011 that is 3 units all of which needed some level of renovation. For the first year, 2011, I lived in the whole ...
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Is a broker's fee equivalent to one month's rent reasonable in San Francisco?

Friend and I are looking to move from elsewhere in the Bay Area to SF, found a decent option in an okay location. Have been attempting to negotiate with a broker on the rent, and he surprised us by ...
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Tax Implications of Renting a property

I am thinking of buying a condo and renting it out. Let's say I buy it for $200k, and then put it up for rent at $1500/mo. I have to pay $500/mo in HOA dues + property taxes. How much tax do I owe at ...
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I sublet my flat. What should I put when scholarships ask me for the owner's contact information?

I'm a student, and I've been living in a rental flat for a week. As it happens, some scholarships ask me to give details about my contract terms. Everything is all right so far, but the person that ...
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Is my financial plan for buying a house logically sound

All money is in NZD, all calculations done Weekly. Linked house is just example. House in North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. $600K 30 year Mortgage with ASB, 430K loaned at 5.75% variable, (170K ...
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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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How to deal with a landlord charging more than what is specified in the lease when I break the lease?

I am not from the U.S. and this is my first experience breaking the lease. I had to break it to move for a new job, and no one would like to sublet the apartment since it is a damp basement. The ...
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Minimize capital gains on sale of investment/rental property

I bought the property in 1979 for $40K. It was zoned R4 and was a duplex. Several years later, the city camein and did a blanket rezoning of the entire street to C-2. I shared the house/owner-occupied ...
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What should I be aware of when renting a home to a corporation instead of an individual?

A prospective tenant requested a corporate rental lease on a single family home in Arizona. He plans to live there. Is there anything I should know about renting to a corporation instead of an ...
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How effective are hotel condos for investment properties?

There is an opportunity to invest in a condo hotel in my area which is very frequently visited by tourists. This opportunity is on a hotel that each room is sold like a condo, and you can either use ...
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Condo Purchase - Tax Strategies [US]

I'm looking to purchase a condo. Without getting into the details, it is likely that the wife and I will lose money on it for a portion of time. Can we treat the condo as a business, and can we ...
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How do I evaluate a potential investment in rental property?

I am looking to buy a long-term rental property. My objective is to maximize cash-flow. At this point I have a few figures, but I have no context to measure the numbers against: For example - This ...
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Are there any disadvantages to DHA Investment Properties?

In Australia, Defence Housing Australia (DHA) sells a selection of their properties to private investors under a leaseback arrangement in order to supplement housing supply for the Australian Defence ...
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How to quantify the cost of your Credit Score?

In the event you have an investment property that have lost 10% value since 2005. Is returning a -30% in terms of revenue. Costs are $12,915 (including mortgage payments) and Revenue (rental income) ...
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Is a lease still binding if not all of the parties sign it?

My wife and I were leasing a house with another couple. Two weeks into the lease, the other couple left in the middle of the night and we have yet to hear from them. My wife never got to sign the ...
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Can I form a company to rent a car or apartment to my wife's employer for her to use?

My wife's job places her on long-term contracts (> 6 months) in different parts of the US. The employer currently pays for a permanent car through a popular car rental agency and a permanent room ...
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What is a rule of thumb for accruing debt on a rental property?

My sister and I were fortunate enough to inherit 2 properties from my father, one a suite of apartments and cottages worth about ~$3M and also his home. We currently have about $200K in mortgage ...
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Can I transfer my investment property into a SMSF?

I have two existing investment properties which I am looking to hold for the long term, basically to provide me with rental income in my retirement. If I set up a SMSF can I transfer these properties ...
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How to choose a good tenant as a private landlord?

I have 2 rental houses and am sick of the real estate agents providing such bad service. I have changed real estates 3 times over the past 5 years and I have to the conclusion that I am the best ...
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Can the interest on a cash out refinance for a rental property be claimed as an expense?

I currently have my home all paid off. I am thinking about purchasing another property as my primary home, and renting out my paid off current home. My question is should I: Get a regular loan for ...
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One lease owner continues while other moves out

I was sharing a lease with another person in the apt. and the other guy for the last year. Now with the new lease I'm the sole lease owner. The problem is since I continued lease, the other guy is ...
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Failed attempt to refinance my rental property, can I deduct the cost of appraisal?

I attempted to refinance my rental property in 2012, but the appraisal came in low making it impossible. Can I consider the cost of the appraisal and rent schedule (close to $600) to be a rental ...
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Calculating capital gain tax on selling rental property I lived in for a while, and renovated?

I am finding it extremely difficult to get an answer to this question. I can understand if its not possible to give me an exact number but I am just trying to figure out, roughly how much I will be ...
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Overpaid Rent Owed By Real Estate

Over the course of my last lease I had overpaid around 2 weeks rent to the real estate. I was notified of this when I moved out, but despite chasing them up about it they have failed to refund me the ...
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What are the tax rules of owning a vacation rental property?

I am considering purchasing a vacation property and renting it out for a majority of the season. Best case scenario I could generate about 50% of the annual cost (mortgage, tax, utilities, ...
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Are there Cashflow Positive Investment Properties in the USA?

I know someone in Australia who tells me they just settled on a property in Cleveland, Ohio last week. These are the details of the purchase: 3 bedroom, 1 bath brick home 2 car garage; Price: ...
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want to refinance FHA loan, may move out unexpectedly and would like to keep as investment property, what are my options?

I'm currently in my primary residence with an FHA loan. I'd like to refinance for a better rate (as I can likely get it down at least 1.5 percentage points or so). I also intend to ultimately use ...
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2 houses 450k each or one 800k?

I currently have a house worth about $450k. I'm thinking of upgrading. Upgrade is mostly for location and I can find a house in the location I want for around $450 to $500k. What is a better option ...
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How to calculate the interest on my security deposit to my landlord?

Quoted from http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/landlords.htm#deposits, here is the way to calculate the interest on security deposit a landlord in Maryland pays to his tenant: The landlord must ...