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If you’re part of the 34.9% of Americans who live in rented housing, the dreaded refrain of “rent is due!” likely flashes through your head every first of the month. And if you have a roommate (that’s about 38,705,000 of you, according to the 2010 census), that even further complicates the already tedious process.
Enter RentShare, the startup that wants to streamline your relationship with rent.
With RentShare, you can (finally!) pay your rent online. Roommates pay their individual share of the rent (using your bank account, credit or debit card), and the service sends a combined check to your landlord. There’s no need to get your landlord involved, so you don’t have to worry if he or she happens to be technologically inept.
Another clever feature of RentShare is that they give you the option of splitting household expenses. You add the cost of utilities and food into the system, and it adjusts everyone’s rent totals to even out the debts automatically. No more chasing your roommate for toilet paper money.
But what are the costs, you ask? The service is free if you pay directly from your bank account, but there is a 2.8% fee if you pay using a credit or debit card. And for the forgetful among us, you can either set up auto-pay or opt-in to receive monthly reminders.
Need some tips on how to break out of your bad lease? Check out our advice on Boston.com.
“Despite all your careful efforts, you simply can’t uncover everything you need to know about an apartment before signing the lease. No amount of due diligence and number of visits can fully uncover your neighbors’ strange habits or the super’s apathy towards your nonfunctional heater.
Renting an apartment is supposed to be a temporary, one or two year commitment, but sometimes even that is too long. Lee Lin, chief executive of RentHop, offered advice on breaking your lease.” – from Boston.com
We gave Boston.com some advice on the apartment hunting process. Check the piece out here!
“When it comes to apartment hunting, most people have a checklist of items that their future living quarters must entail. Two bedrooms? Check. One bath? Check. Proximity to public transportation? Check. But there are many more subtle features that often get overlooked, but can be just as important once the renter gets settled into his/her new digs.
New York Magazine recently awarded three neighborhoods with the coveted title of “affordable and desirable.” The three lucky hoods? Inwood, Ditmas Park and Kingsbridge. That made us curious about what’s available in those parts of town, so we laid out the apartments with the highest HopScore in each area.
Described by New York as the “Upper Upper Upper West Side.” And the views of Manhattan are pretty bonkers.
Ditmas Park (Brooklyn)
A stone’s throw away from Prospect Park, this neighborhood is a “diverse community with stand-alone Victorian houses, good schools, and a rich dining scene.”
According to New York “It may not win any beauty contests, but it’s well-stocked with amenities and prime for growth.” For sporty types, this location is just a few blocks away from Gaelic Park, a multi-purpose athletics facility.
Courtesy of Curbed
Maybe we can’t all have pools in our backyards. But we can get you close.
Based on this article by Curbed, and the announcement of an awesome sounding new saltwater pool opening in Williamsburg, here are a list of 13 places you can live to get front seats at the best swimming holes in New York.
2. Swim here: The Beach at the Dream Downtown Hotel – 355 W 16th St. NY 10011
Live here: 1 Bedroom at W 17th St – $3,500
3. Swim here: Rooftop Pool at the A-Building – 425 E 13th St. NY 10009
Live here: 1 Bedroom at East 11 Street – $2,600
Note: Ok, so maybe this pool is exclusively for the use of McMurray Van-Zeller residents. But maybe if you lived nearby you could befriend them.
Live here: 1 Bedroom at Kent Avenue – $3,600
Live here: 1 Bedroom at York Avenue – $2,695
Live here: 1 Bedroom at 43rd and 8th avenue – $1,410
Live here: 1 Bedroom at Thirty Seventh Avenue – $1,630
Live here: 1 Bedroom at 10th Ave – $4,000
Live here: 1 Bedroom at 1 Bedroom West 23rd Street Chelsea – $4,100
Live here: 1 Bedroom at LES – $4,375
Live here: 1 Bedroom at 125 North 10th Street – $4,500
We’d like to announce that RentHop is officially launching in Chicago today!
(Publicly available) Info that helps us gauge the quality, timeliness and completeness of the listing (you wouldn’t want to look at a listing without photos, right?).
+The internal track record of the listing within RentHop (price drops, how many inquiries an apartment has received, etc.).+The previous behavior of the broker or landlord offering the apartment (how quickly they respond to your inquiries, for example!).+= HopScore
Oh, and as always, RentHop is free for apartment hunters, and for a limited time, managers joining in Chicago and Boston will earn a free lifetime basic membership.
Comment here if you have questions, or tell us how we can best help you find the most awesome apartments in the Windy City.