The process of finding and renting an apartment takes a lot of time and effort from both landlords and tenants— and all those moving pieces mean that both parties can be vulnerable to scammers if not prepared. Rental scams, at heart, are a misrepresentation of either the property available or a person’s intent to pay to live there, and can be damaging to all involved. Read on for a breakdown of some common scams and how to protect yourself against them.
One of the many ways in which the pandemic has changed things for Americans is in the real estate market. Buying a house is getting harder as prices go up, but the cost of renting an apartment in many areas of the country is stabilizing or even going down. This means it’s a great time for tenants to think about upgrading their living situation, and for rental property owners to review their lease agreements. Are month to month leases a good idea? We break down the factors you should consider when making this decision.