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Finding a budget that gives you cash for entertainment, food, gas, and a little more money for gas since we are expecting to pay more for gas, utilities and adequate funds for other costs of living.  We think that 50% of your gross monthly income is a comfortable ratio.  It leaves room for savings, and [provides a comfortable amount of money left over.  Standards for many rental properties near 2/3 of your gross wages, but that seems a bit over zealous to us.  If you think about a $1,200 gross monthly income, basically $10 per hour working 40 hrs per week, at 2/3 your rent would be $800 per month.  After income taxes are paid and you cover utilities, your probably broke. The 2/3 income figure stems from a 50% gross 2/3 NET ratio.  Your NET pay is the actual amount of your check after taxes, your take home pay.  For a single person without children even that is tight, taxes are higher, and splitting the cable bill is certainly out of the question.  Roommate up!  Single, college age, or even older, find a friend, co-worker and start hunting.  Use our site and it's rating system to view properties, rate them you then your potential roommate, print the page out or email it to your self.  Grab the copies and sit with your roomie after he/she was able to check out the rentals and rate them, find the unit that both you and your roomie rated the highest, and of you go.  You may have given one 5 Stars and your roomie 4 Stars, but that's how the chips fall.  It's a compromise.  Tie breakers can go to a Coin Toss, Paper, Rock Scissors, Odd or Even, or any other ethical playground rules you can conjure up.  Paper, Rock, Scissors, rules should however be defined in detail, excluding Knife, Gun, Chainsaw, and Waterfall (Beerfall), and Atomic Snack Food.  No one enjoys a soda or piece of pizza smacked on their hand claimed to be a secret weapon.  Thumb War should be excluded as it is typically genetically advantageous, and no one knows what you just scratched, and secret weapons are massively plentiful.  In summary rent what you can afford, and if available roommate up!
With rare exception, off the shelf pest products work.  It's often easier and less of a headache to grab ant bait at your supermarket and stick it in a lower cabinet and under the microwave in the summer as opposed to fighting about it over the phone with landlords.  Should they have a pest control account with a commercial company?  Yes, but it doesn't always happen, and sometimes $5 is better spent than argued.  Landlords often resort to a "you feed em'" philosophy, I don't buy it, but whatever, a soda can on the nightstand or desk overnight shouldn't result in a Napoleon invasion of ants.   Mice, and roaches should definitely be brought to the attention of management, and so should other invaders. Assuming that a rental unit is being monitored for pests is a mistake that may leave a tenant in disgust.  As a precautionary measure ask every question you can about the maintenance and ongoing up keep of the property, including pest control.  Some property managers buy it, paint it, and rent it.  That may suit your needs, and it doesn't hurt to ask, they may say no, and it may not generate any fruition to press the matter.  There are laws about pest control, and steps that advocate that the tenant can rectify the problem.  It's a line that should be approached with reason, and actual knowledge of the severity of the infestation.  Always ask first, and try to resolve it under $10 bucks on your own, if that fails, talk to them again.  Most property managers are cognizant of pests, and if off the shelf products are ineffective that it may need professional treatment.  A lot of times they won't know if you don't tell them.  Keep it in mind as your viewing rental properties, and get as many details about what services they provide as you can.  
The basics, it's a terminology thing. There are known lingo's in everything, 86 it, triple double, etc.  A lease is a contract, it defines rules if any, policies if any, it defines you and who your renting from. You are the Lessee and who your renting from is referred to as the Lessor.  A deposit is a sum of money used to make repairs if any to the property after you move out.  A deposit is legal, and there are laws that define how it can be used, where it should be kept, and when it must be refunded.  These vary by State, but the Federal Statue URLTA, is a model for many States active legislature.  Some States require the deposit to be held in an Escrow Account, with the account number indicated in the lease.  Failure to do so according to some State Statutes disallow the allocation of funds from the deposit.  In short if they don;t give you the account number for the bank account they hold the money, the have to refund the full deposit. An Occupant is someone that lives in the rental but did not sign the lease.  This is typically a minor that can't be bound to a legal contract.

What's HUD? Featured

HUD stands for Housing and Urban Development.  HUD is the federal organization that provides exact standards for housing.  Along with working to provide tenantable housing in rural areas, and standardized living across the US. Most communities have information regarding HUD available through their local government websites, community outreach facilities, and certainly you may visit HUD.gov - the Federal website which contains great info and links to state agencies and offices. Adherence to HUD guidelines is mandatory, and if you are concerned about the apartment or rental property you are in or moving to get in contact with HUD and tell them about your concerns. Check back as we touch on more specific HuD guidelines and what it means for you.
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