Grant: I'm 28, live in Chicago, Ill. My fiancé and I just moved to a neighborhood called Logan Square last weekend. I am a photographer.
Today on "WWYD," paying your rent, but still seeing the money in your account.
Apartment hunting in NYC is great because really all you have to ask yourself is: Am I comfortable here? And it doesn't matter what the answer is.
I borrow money from a friend to pay rent, and he gets $20. Win/win.
An American male in Brooklyn walks down the street. He receives a phone call from his landlord; he does not pick up. Moments later, as he is listening to the voice message, he grimaces. His companion raises her eyebrows. He continues listening and grimacing, and then he hangs up. The rent checks were all rejected, he says, so I have to go deal with that. They all bounced, that's crazy, she says. No, he says, rejected because my handwriting is illegible. Oh, she says. There is a beat. They keep walking.
I like the service Airbnb is trying to provide. Is it contributing to higher rental prices in cities like San Francisco and New York and pricing out locals? Unclear. Does it provide an unsafe environment for neighbors concerned with strangers coming into buildings—another maybe, and Craiglist has already filled that role for some time now. We'll have to see what happens to Warren, and what the lobbyists end up accomplishing.
Next American City has a very interesting post looking at Berlin's history, and why rent there has remained so low, compared to other major cities.
This morning I wrote a rent check for $700. I only have $684 in my bank account (so close, yet).
I'm not sure if there's a lesson here besides: Make sure you have easy access to copies of major payments you've made somewhere. Thankfully, Chase had electronic copies of two years' worth of checks online.
Some states can't afford the upkeep on all of the buildings they own, so they have started letting people live in them for free if they agree to fix them up.
I like being able to do whatever I want to my place. And feel like I've made a Grown-Up Investment. It's only lousy when I need to fix something and pay for it myself, but that doesn't happen super often.
Did you know that if your apartment burns down/gets ransacked/blows up, your landlord's insurance only covers his building, and not any of your stuff?! So that's why you need renters insurance. That and, in case someone dies at your house. Renters insurance covers that, too!