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Landlord Loopholes: Issues To Consider When Renting An Apartment

August 19th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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There are plenty of ways an independent landlord could get over on you as a tenant. Knowing your rights as a tenant could pay off big and protect you from a money-hungry landlord. Perfect example of this: A 30-year old Harlem, NY tenant is paying only $1 a month (yes, only $1!)  for his two-bedroom apartment because of a loophole he found that his landlord did not overturn, DNAinfo New York online reported.

Make sure you are well-informed and knowledgeable about these main factors of renting from an owner before it becomes an financial and legal issue.

Angry Landlord Calls The Po Po On Kenya Moore As She Moves Out

July 12th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

Just when we thought we heard the last of Kenya Moore’s landlord eviction drama, more mess hit the fan. This week has been a triumphant one for the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, who celebrated a courtroom victory after an Atlanta judge threw out her eviction judgement.

“Today’s victory proves that celebrities can fight back and not be victimized by people who wish to lie about them and use their name for the sake of publicity,” Moore said of her legal win.

With the exception of a countersuit filed by the beauty-queen-turned-reality-star, we figured things would sort of die down between Moore and her landlord, but that definitely hasn’t been the case. According to Radar Online, Kenya decided to move out of the home voluntarily in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid anymore conflict. Too bad her plan backfired.

The way the story is being told, Bravo TV cameras were filming 42-year-old Moore as she packed her belongings to move out of the six-bedroom Rosewell home when the police arrived on the scene!

“There were camera crews filming Kenya’s departure for an episode of Housewives,” an eyewitness revealed.

According to the onlooker, the landlord called authorities to the scene because Kenya didn’t request approval to film on the property.

“The landlord called the police because Kenya should not be on the property, nor did she give permission for anyone to be filming,” an eyewitness revealed.”

This is the second time the police were called to the home in the past 72 hours. There was no word on what happened once authorities arrived on the scene, but hopefully we’ll get to see during the upcoming season of the show.

A Blow To The Pockets: Tameka Raymond Ordered To Pay Over $200K To Former Landlord

July 7th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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It seems that whenever Tameka Raymond gets in front of a judge, the outcome is usually never in her favor.

You might not remember but back in October, Tameka Raymond and her former landlord were in a court battle over rent Tameka allegedly owned for her three rental spaces where she operated the kids indoor play center, Kangazoom.  At the time, the landlord said she owed about $50,000 in back rent.

Well, according to TMZ, a judge ruled in the landlord’s favor and Tameka was order to pay…$204,665.15. The total includes 18,628.65 in attorney fees and $186,036.50 in principal.

Seeing as though Tameka only originally owed $50,000 on the rent bill, one can only assume the months following were also included because that is a huge jump in figures.

Tameka really just can never win in court.  One of the last times she was in court, a judge ruled that her ex-husband, Usher, would retain primary custody of their two children.  So yes, things have not been easier for her over the last year.

On a positive note, Tameka has been able to start the Kiles World Foundation, named after her late son who was killed in a boating accident last year. The goal of the non-profit foundation is to help artistic children reach their full potential.

TMZ was unable to get an answer as to why the financial judgment was so high.

What’s Mine is Ours: Nine Ways To Handle Finances With Roommates

January 18th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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Maybe you don’t have the luxury of your own apartment or home at the moment, especially with the economy’s job market and the rising living costs in many metropolitan cities. Even in college, many of us have lived in a roommate situation, where things like space, bills, and finances are shared amongst two, three or even four other people.

If you are preparing yourself to live in a roommate-style situation or already found yourself living with others, make sure you keep in mind a few tips on how to handle the finances of this tricky living situation.

Landlord Calls Mo’Nique and Her Husband Broke Weed Smokers in Battle Over Unpaid Rent

March 26th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: NY Daily News

Legal battles with landlords never tend to go well, particularly for the tenants, but the fight Mo’Nique, her husband Sidney, and one of their landlord’s, Alice, are involved in is just hitting all below the belt.

Last year, Mo’Nique’s landlord filed a lawsuit against her saying she owed $370,000 in unpaid rent for bailing on the two-year, $20,000/month lease agreement she signed for the Georgia property in March 2011. The couple immediately shot back with a suit of their own, demanding they be let out of their contract because the home smelled of dog feces, wet dog, and urine, plus there was an overflowing septic tank. They also said they had a verbal agreement to be let out of the contract with 60 days notice because of all the problems, and accused the landlord of backtracking. Well now they’re doing a lot more than that.

A new set of documents has been filed in the case, including a string of nasty emails sent between the parties. Sidney said the landlord should be embarrassed by the home she was leasing, and Alice said the couple is just embarrassed that they can’t afford the rent, writing:

“We do understand that your business has been greatly affected by the cancellation of your weekly talk show. However we do not want the publicity and heartache/hardship for either of us.”

That was the last diplomatic approach to the issue because when Sidney said Alice “has a poor man’s mentality,” adding “you talk tough when you are owed but run when you owe,” the landlord said this about the allegations of odor in the home:

“Maybe the illegal substances you use in our home (i.e. WEED) has weakened your sense of smell.”

Don’t think Sidney didn’t have a comeback. He shot down the landlord’s comment immediately with this:

“The only illegal greenery was with the illegal immigrant you brought on our premises to cut down the trees … Maybe the overuse of alcohol has affected you and your husband’s judgment.”

They are out.of.control. According to TMZ, this banter goes on for 136 pages so you can only imagine how much nastier both sides got as time went on. I wonder who’s telling the truth with this one.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Black Women Face High Eviction Rates

January 9th, 2012 - By Charlotte Young
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High rent prices and high unemployment often spells eviction; especially for low-income black single mothers in urban neighborhoods. Property owners are paying big time in their efforts to dispose of their tenant’s belongings, and according to the Associated Press, moving and storage companies are reaping all the benefits.

“The odds of a woman being evicted in black neighborhoods is twice that of men,” Matthew Desmond, a sociologist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison said to the Associated Press. “Just as incarceration has become typical in the lives of poor black men, eviction has become typical in the lives of poor black women.”

Desmond led a study in Milwaukee that found that in majority black neighborhoods, one in 10 renter households is evicted.

It’s a growing misfortune that has property owners spending millions of dollars a year on evictions.

Property owners may pay about 2500 to evacuate a two-bedroom apartment, according to moving company owner Eli Navon. Job prices vary as movers must pack up everything including the garbage, as they are not allowed to throw anything out. When the tenant is not in the home, some companies choose to take their time, earning more money as they are paid by the hour.

Eviction moving does not come without its risks. Mirtal, of White Glove Moving & Storage told the Associated Press that once time he and his fellow movers were met “with bats and chains” and were told that they were evicting a friend.

In addition to paying for the movers’ services, property owners than must pay for a storage unit to hold the displaced belongings for 30 days. Owners that choose to hire a lawyer to resolve the matter completely take on even more costs.

Evictions become a heavy burden for both the tenant and the property owner, for the moving and storage companies who find themselves in between the drama, making money off of other people’s unhappiness has never been more profitable.

How to be a Good Tenant in Your New Place

July 8th, 2011 - By Khadija Allen
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Eagerly awaiting your next move, you found a rental home well-suited for you at a bargained price! The luxury in renting your own place from a landlord affords high quality living, amenities and an ideal location near suburbia or the city. The stipulations that come with becoming a tenant involve adhering to a lease and providing other non-refundable items while properly caring for the interior and sometimes, the exterior of the space. A good landlord will be evaluating you to see that you follow through on these terms, so here’s what you should do and expect from your prospective humble abode.

How to Negotiate a Lease

April 21st, 2010 - By TheEditor
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( — This year may be the best time ever to rent space to start your own business: The nation’s 102,000 shopping centers are dotted with vacancies that landlords are desperate to fill. “I’ve never seen better deals,” says Paul G.W. Fetscher, president of Great American Brokerage in Long Beach, N.Y. “Everything is negotiable.”

But knowing what to negotiate is surprisingly complicated. Landlords may be anxious to fill empty spaces, but they’re also eager to make up for the money they’ve lost during the recession, and, unless you’re careful, that bargain lease you sign today can be filled with hidden charges, escalating fees and clauses that kick in when you’d least expect it.

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Government Contracts a Lesson in Patience

April 20th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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( — Like many business owners who have suffered during the downturn, Randy Lebolo decided the most reliable client for his small construction firm would be Uncle Sam.

When the real-estate market was in free fall nearly two years ago, Mr. Lebolo decided to shave staff, negotiate with his landlord for a lower lease, and begin the long process of becoming certified to bid on federal work opportunities. He finally won his first government contract recently to remodel a courtroom in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., courthouse. But the job pays just $250,000, not nearly the lucrative amount Mr. Lebolo—who says his Boynton Beach, Fla., firm had a history of multimillion-dollar commercial construction jobs before the downturn—thought he’d land.

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