Questions tagged [rent]

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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Is there any reason to not buy if mortgage is comparable to rent?

I'm curious: Say if you could buy a property or choose to rent and the mortgage per month on the property is similar to the rent in your area, is there any reason to not buy? Assuming you are not ...
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Tax consequences of paying “rent” to romantic partner that owns the house

I moved in with my romantic partner nine months ago. My partner owns 100% of the property and pay about $1000 per month to the mortgage (minimum is something like $300). Partner had no intention of ...
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I just started a new job in D.C. and looking to buy my first home. I have a few questions, and any help I can get would be very much appreciated

Background: I just got a new job in downtown D.C. and I'm interested in buying my first home since interest rates are low and I have excellent credit (750-ish). I will be making 130K a year. I have ...
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Is it a bad idea to buy a home with the intention of renting out a room?

With my lease expiring soon (house with 2 roommates), I am looking to purchase a home with total cost of debt, tax, expected maintenance, and insurance less than my current rent payments (or within $...
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Should I tell my landlord that I am considering not renewing?

My lease is up for renewal in the not so distant future. My landlord recently contacted me to say they want to increase my rent by 2%. Which is not itself much, but the rent was already pretty high. I ...
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Roommate/co-tenant said she would renew but lied after I sign lease - invalid lease?

So, my roommates and I planned to sign a lease renewal as co-tenants in NYC. While some of the roommates already signed it, the others changed their mind last minute. This unfortunately means the ...
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I owe rent for a month and my landord is threatening me to move my stuff out of the house

This is Covid19 pandemic time and I understand that it is a tough time for everyone. I'm living in a rented single room in a shared-house with a verbal agreement (No on-paper lease) in MA, US. As ...
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Should I take my landlord's variable rent rate offer?

My apartment complex's landlord sent out an email to everyone, offering to change our rent amount to the following: $400 per month paid via check, plus 10% of monthly post-tax earnings, set up via ...
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Am I bound to the existing lease then?

I am an international student from India. I am studying in Saint Louis in the USA. In the summer of 2019 I went back to India giving my room for a sublet. I know the person who was taking temporary ...
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How to negotiate rent renewal when house prices are decreasing?

My rental contract is due for renewal in a few months. Currently, in the UK, house prices are decreasing, so it seems fair to ask for a slight decrease in rent to represent market rates. Ideally, I'...
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GNUcash - temporary funds received for purchase?

Where I live we have an app where we can transfer cash to each other. This morning for example, my girlfriend sent me 3750 so that I'd send 7500 to our landlord for rent. Where would i get these funds ...
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What are potential downsides of asking back half of my rental deposit from the landlord?

I rented an apartment about 2.5 years ago. During this time, I was still a student and the landlord considered my income situation to not be entirely stable, so he asked me for twice the original ...
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Will not paying rent in the UK due to loss of income (COVID) be reported on the credit score file?

Background: Landlords do not have to pay their mortgage. Landlords will also be protected as 3-month mortgage payment holiday is extended to Buy to Let mortgages At the end of this period, landlords ...
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Landlord wants me vacated from a property 4 days before the tenancy ends - do I send over the full rent?

My tenancy is set to end on the 20th April, however I've agreed with the landlord that I will be moving out on the 15th (this was their idea, but works well for me). I moved in on the 20th, so my ...
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Should tenant be allowed to have rent due on x days past start of the lease?

A tenant ask if he could pay rent on the 10th of the month when the lease starts on the first. Is this common or be allowed? Seems like he is asking for 10 days of courtesy habitation.
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Planning overall cost of rental for the next 20 years [closed]

I'm helping my mother plan senior housing. She has a fixed amount of money in the bank that she can use to pay for housing. Generally housing has an annual increase of, say, 4%. Using Google ...
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Why is 5 years the 'magic number' for how long one should live in a home? [duplicate]

It seems common knowledge that it is good to buy a home if you plan to own it for 5+ years as seen in this answer as that is the point at which you will make up for losses(e.g. realtor fee) ...
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How much of a discount should I seek when prepaying a whole year's rent?

I'm currently looking for a new apartment. I am prepared to pay a whole year's rent up front in exchange for a discount. How much of a discount should I seek? It adds risk for me and I lose some ...
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Is there any recommendation of rent / spending / saving ratio?

In the USA, are there popular rent / spending / saving ratio recommendations? Say I earn $150k per year and split it evenly between the three. Which would be $50k for rent or mortgage, $50k for ...
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Is it normal to be asked to include detailed financial information on a home rental application?

I'm submitting a rental application for a privately-owned townhome in North Dakota, US. The application asks for more detailed financial information than I have ever had to provide on past ...
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Should relocation to more expensive area affect home-ownership decision?

I am about to relocate (from outside the US to Massachusetts) for a limited time period (~4 years). Compared to my current job and expenses, both prices and wages should be approximately X1.5 times ...
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Appartment Rent in a monthly budget [duplicate]

Good day; I'm making a Monthly budget to keep track of where I spend my paychecks. I stumbled upon the rent part; would that be considered a debt? Since it's basically something that I "accept" I'll ...
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Agency wants to increase rent halfway through the tenancy

Context: United Kingdom, South-East, West of London I have made an offer for a rental property: 2 year tenancy with a 6 month break clause at £XXX/month. This offer was accepted and I paid a holding ...
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Is rent considered a debt?

I am taking a financial assessment. It asks me: What is your total monthly debt payment (e.g. student loans, vehicles, credit cards, personal loans, etc.)? Then the next questions are about ...
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The balance between Renting and Buying

My girlfriend and I are spit-balling the idea of buying a house. We've heard pros and cons for mortgages; you're putting your money into an investment vs you're paying far more than you anticipate due ...
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Renting Part of the Home

I am currently living in a rented house. I am thinking of buying a home with the intention of renting out a section (for example, a two story house, live on the first floor and rent out the second ...
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How long do I have to wait to start renting out a newly bought flat?

I've purchased a new flat outright as a cash buyer. The solicitor documentation suggests there is a 'SDLT' (stamp duty) tax of around £8,000. I believe this can be avoided by living in the property ...
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How many times do I pay rent?

First question here, apologies for any mistakes I have just finished renting my first place and have now moved to a new flat The Landlord of the previous place has taken a months rent for the ...
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Renting and selling a US house while being a EU resident

Clearly anybody can buy a residential property in the US. If one buys for investment and lives in EU (say UK) where does he/she pay rent and sales tax? US or UK?
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Is it normal for an apartment complex to raise the rent on a long term tenant while listing identical vacant units at their original price?

I have been at this apartment complex for 2 years now. When I moved in two years ago, the rent for my unit was $2200/mo, which was reasonable for the market. At the end of my first 12mo lease, the ...
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Is the apartment I want to rent a scam?

I am currently looking for an apartment in the near city. Yesterday I found an entry on an online-platform where people rent apartments to students, all in all a serious platform which I have used ...
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Able to pool funds for a downpayment and co-ownership of a home?

I want to buy a house but I do not have quite enough for the 20% down payment I'd ideally like to post for the mortgage. My wife and I are thinking of chatting with our family and getting together ...
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When leasing/renting out an owned property, is there a standard ratio between monthly rent and the mortgage? [duplicate]

I'm leaving the country for work for roughly a year, and would like to sublease my home to a friend of mine living in the area. I have no experience as a landlord, and I've had a tough time figuring ...
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Holding rent money for my friend which amounts to over $10k?

My close friend has just moved into an apartment with me and due to some circumstances he would like to pay me the rent money for a year upfront. The total amount will be about $11k total, and we as ...
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Sublet my apartment or break my NYC lease with forfeit of security deposit?

My NYC landlord has agreed to let me out of my lease agreement if I forfeit my security deposit of $3,225.00. In the rental agreement I have six free weeks of rent on an 18 month lease. So the net ...
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Can my landlord offer to renew my lease for a higher price than the listed price in the market?

Can my US landlord offer to renew my lease for a higher price than the listed price in the market?
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How to show a landlord what we have in savings?

My wife and I will be moving to a new, major US city soon, and will be renting an apartment. For the first 18 months, we will both be in graduate programs and our income will be rather low, about 2-2....
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Family of 4 (1 adult, 3 kids) dealing with eviction. How to find a new place to live?

About 4 years ago I was evicted from our apartment in California. I have been staying with family but this is no longer an option. I have been trying to get a place for us but keep getting denied due ...
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Is it better to get a mortgage or continue renting in London?

Currently me and my partner are renting in London, which with bills included eats up around 50% of our takehome income. It seems that if we were able to get a mortgage on a flat, we would potentially ...
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Given this phrasing in the lease, when should I pay my rent?

It's the first time I have to pay the apartment rent myself and I have some doubts about when should I pay it. The lease states: ... at the latest of the 5th working day after the commencement of ...
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Leaving my apartment early

So I have 7 months left on my lease, and my lease says If I leave early I must pay every month of rent plus a $2,500 fee. But what if I just move out and continue to pay rent each month for the ...
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What are some risk involved in buying an apartment with rent 2 buy?

Disclaimer: I am going to live in my city with a very low chance of moving somewhere else. I am currently looking for viable options for buying an apartment. The traditional way is to save up 15% and ...
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Guaranteed Small Loan with no assets to pawn and poor credit

I need to pass the criteria the various loan companies require to receive an emergency loan I will consider all possibilities to get approved for and receive the loan in my name how can I provide ...
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Does using a credit card's rental car protection in case of a damage with car rental result in increase of some premium or extra fees?

Many credit cards in the United States offer some kind of rental car protection (mirror). In case of a damage to the rented car, does using the credit card's rental car protection in case of a damage ...
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Why is the “buy vs rent” debate framed in terms of “buy a house vs. rent an apartment”?

Most coverage of the "buy vs rent" debate in North American popular financial media (see here for an example) frames the debate as a simple dichotomy: either renting an apartment (i.e. renting a unit ...
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The formula to calculate the Net Present Value of monthly rental payment, adjusted for rental annual increase?

I am renting my apartment out, and for that I need to calculate the Net Present Value of the rental payment, after deducting the management fees (f) and adjusted for rental increased. Assuming that ...
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Should I deplete my saving and buy a house with cash, or should I rent?

My wife and I are very frugal. We've been living abroad for several years and saved a decent amount of our salaries. We've decided to move back to the US this year. We've found a modest home that ...
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Splitting rental expenses between friends

I am moving in to a rented apartment in London with 2 other friends. Our contract is for 1 year, and we all intend to stay in the property for at least that long. We are trying to work out a good way ...
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I co-signed on an apartment for a now ex-boyfriend who refuses to pay. What can I do?

I co-signed on an apartment with my ex-boyfriend when I was 18 and he was 21. We broke up. I am now 26 and it has been in collections for years. He refuses to help pay the debt. I am now stuck with ...
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Joint ownership and rent from the person living in the house

My sister and I own a house jointly, 50/50. Her 50% has survivorship to her daughter, mine to my husband. She lives in the house and I do not. She believes that since she is an owner, she does not ...