I rented from my landlord for almost 6 years and then needed to break my lease when my boyfriend and I bought a house together. I was very upfront from the beginning and let him know immediately when we started looking at houses so he knew I might need to move out early. My landlord lived out of the country at the time, so I offered to take care of the craigslist posting, showed the apartment, and screened all potential tenants and then just let him know which ones seemed best and then he took care of the paperwork. When we moved out, we took care of all of the cleaning. The landlord was extremely accommodating and gave us our full security deposit back. I think the situation worked out so well because I had taken care to be a good tenant the entire time I lived there, so that when I needed to break the lease, the landlord was willing to work with me.
Tips for Breaking a Lease Agreement:
A Landlord's Perspective
|8/22/12 4:00 PM|
We just bought a similar home and had some of the same issues. Most of our attention (and redecorating budget) went to the interior, so we had to be creative with the exterior until we can afford a more substantial re-do. I would suggest repainting the front door and/or the front steps, adding some bright flowering potted plants, and replacing the house numbers. You could also paint the mailbox in a color that matches whatever you paint the door. We found that making just a few inexpensive changes made a huge difference!
Ideas to Help Make Our Entrance More Welcoming? Good Questions
|8/15/12 6:45 PM|
Why not cut a swatch of the fabric and frame it? I have an old platform rocker that was my great grandfather's and after he died, my great grandmother had it upholstered in this hideous 70's burlap-like fabric. After she had her cataract surgery she saw the chair and exclaimed "how could you have let me choose such an ugly fabric!!?" She has long since passed away, but I still have the chair in storage. When I get the money together to have it reupholstered, I plan to frame a small piece of the ugly fabric to remember her by :)
Time To Give Up Grandma's Sofa? Good Questions
|7/31/12 10:26 AM|
I also vote for getting rid of the rug- it's tying you down to a specific color palette and makes the room very dark. You may want to bring some bright colors into the room (either several shades of one color, or look at a color wheel and choose different colors that compliment each other). In a rental where you can't paint the walls, take advantage of other ways to add color- throw pillows, curtains, lamp shades, and framed prints. You can always go to a craft store and buy several single pieces of scrapbook paper in different patterns for under $2 apiece, and then frame them to make simple yet bright and bold statements on the walls.
Decor Help for My New Living Room? Good Questions
|7/13/12 11:39 PM|
When we bought our house, the previous owners had rope lights hanging around a shower in the basement. When our inspector came through, he said they had to be removed immediately due to the risk of electrocution. So I don't think it matters what it looks like, it simply isn't safe for you to hang lights around your shower.
String Lights in the Bathroom? Good Questions
|7/13/12 6:35 PM|