Renting an apartment is universally considered one of the best methods of finding a beautiful living space. Not as big as a home, an apartment is smaller yet does not include all the hassles of upkeep and maintenance as a traditional residency entails. There are thousands of available apartment spaces on the market today. They also go at affordable prices for every class of society.
As an apartment for rent is a one of the most popular residential choices on sites like Property Guru, many future tenants are excited to begin their new apartment life. It is during this rush of excitement that many mistakes are made. Humans naturally tend to be lazy creatures and so we avoid doing necessary work. This can result in a wide variety of disasters, especially when you are preparing to settle your lease and move into your new space. These handy tips can help you avoid making critical mistakes that will come to haunt you later in life, and set you up with a hassle free apartment.
1. Always Read the Lease Agreement
A lease agreement is a contract. Its lines entail certain responsibilities and expectations required not just of you, but also of your landlord. Everyone knows the adage concerning the importance of reading the very fine print. This is much more significant than you can imagine.
Not reading an apartment lease carefully can lead not just to personal disaster, but even to legal trouble. This is especially the case when trying to back out of a bad lease, which often will contain fine print that states financial penalties must be made when terminating a contract earlier than expected. Mass Legal Help states that many landlords will attempt to rush tenants into signing contracts without actually reading the agreement itself. No matter what phrases a landlord may use, it is always important to politely decline their instigation and take the time to review carefully what is expected of you as a tenant. This not only will avoid you from coming into legal trouble, but also let you know where the responsibility lies if something were to go wrong with your rented apartment space.
2. Know Your Rights
The most efficient way to know your rights as a tenant is by reading your lease. Landlords usually issue leases to their tenants within thirty days of signing. Your rights as a tenant are important, and you should never be blamed for undue troubles.
Every tenant must follow the basic restrictions placed by the landlord, but a landlord can never overextend their rights. Each state has specified laws concerning the rights of both the landlord and the tenant. The most common of tenant rights include protection from discrimination and the right to special features if physically challenged. A few states even have laws which clearly define when, and if, a tenant may be evicted or take responsibility for certain repairs themselves.
3. Document Existing Damages
It is important to document any existing damages to an apartment when initially moving in. Failure to do so can result in you being blamed for damages caused by previous tenants or even the landlord. No one should be unjustly blamed for damages they did not cause. Before the actual signing of a contract, a tenant and landlord usually review a checklist of items. This is where a tenant may address existing apartment damages and bring them to the attention of the owner. It is then the landlord’s responsibility to handle any issue, and you avoid being wrongly penalized. Including photographs of any damages is another great way to protect yourself and prove your case in point. If your landlord agrees to repair the damage, ensure they do so in writing. This makes it a legal necessity for them to take responsibility for the damages.
As reported by USA Today, apartments and mini-apartments are increasingly popular residence options today, and thousands of buildings are being erected throughout the main cities across the world. The rush and excitement to obtain your apartment are a natural feeling. It is also especially prevalent among the young adult generation. But, remember this can lead to critical mistakes. When renting or moving into an apartment, it is important to note key features and take certain steps to protect yourself. This is especially true when signing a lease. A lease is a contract that involves responsibilities to both parties involved, and can have nasty consequences if not read carefully. Similarly, it is also important to a tenant to know your rights and to document any existing damages. These three things will ensure you do not find yourself in future legal or financial troubles. By following these handy tips, you will be on your way to wisely choosing an apartment of your choice that is perfect for you and your family.
The Ultimate American Road Trip: Route 66
If you’re looking for the omega American road trip then you’ve got to hit the Mother Road, otherwise known as Route 66. From Chicago to LA, it’s a journey that’ll provide the experience of a lifetime, showing you the heart of a great nation.
Start in Chicago & Chase the Sun
In reality, the best always head west. Would you rather end the trip in the Windy City, or just in time to catch a gorgeous L.A. sunset on the beach? There’s just something deeply spiritual for folks when we head west. It becomes an adventure. It becomes a vehicular voyage to the sea. Here are some of the highlights you can expect in order:
• Illinois: It’s a pretty straight shot through the state from Chicago through Springfield (which has some stretches of restored Route 66) and southwest to St. Louis. There’s a bit of the bright lights of big cities, but also a good calm stretch of rural to cruise through as well; vast fields of corn and farmland for close to 300 miles.
• Missouri: Once you hit East St. Louis you’ll again be greeted by sky scrapers, industrial areas and the mark of modernity but then it’s another SE straight shot through the entire belly of the state.
• Kansas: You’re only going to spend a little time in the good’ol Kansas heartland. And by little we mean a whopping 14 miles far down in the bottom south east corner. You’ll go through two towns: Galena and Baxter Springs but rest assured there’s great classic restaurants and places that’ve been open as long as Route 66 has been around. In fact, it’s because of road tripper like you just passin’on through that keep’em goin.
• Oklahoma: You’re going to go through two huge metropolises that have “country” written all over’em: Tulsa first and then into Oklahoma City before heading directly west towards the Pan Handle. Of all 8 states, it’s here that they take Route 66 the most seriously. It’s got the most preserved still-drivable miles and you’ll be able to see the remnants of Kiowa, Apache and Comanche Native American land. And, you’ll get to take the same route as families long ago in the Dust Bowl took to escape.
• Texas: You’re going to go through the upper tip of the Texas Pan Handle that takes you through Amarillo. It looks short on a map but the 200-mile stretch of plains is a sight to behold like none other. If you can time it so you cut through here in the afternoon on a sunny day your spirit will be recharged. Just try not to pay any attention to all the truckers!
• New Mexico: Welcome to the Land of Enchantment where you’ll pass through Sun Belt city and Albuquerque. These days, it can be a bit challenging to stay strictly on the old road but with all the sandstone mesas and pine forests it’s definitely worth it.
• Arizona: In Arizona you’ll stay in the northern plains rather than heading down into the really hot areas around Phoenix. Instead, you’ll pass directly through Flagstaff which is a mountain town and where Northern Arizona University is located. The sights here are like a completely different world from everything you’ve seen so far, especially once you begin to head south right before passing into California. Oh, and because of the high speeds on the I-40, this will feel like one of those awesome car track days.
• California: Once you reach this point get ready to cruise through rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stunning landscapes and then at Barstow you should begin smelling the sea. From San Bernardino and Pasadena to Santa Monica it’s simply breathtaking.
This is only a taste of the experience really. You’ve just got to get out and do it. There’s plenty of great resources online to keep you on track and if you have the time you don’t have to miss a thing. Enjoy!
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Heartbreaking; Another School Shooting Santa Clarita, CA
Santa Clarita, California, high school shooting leaves 2 students dead, multiple injured
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) — A 16-year-old boy shot five fellow students, two fatally, Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita before turning the .45-caliber handgun on himself, authorities said.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson said multiple 911 calls prompted firefighter-paramedics to respond about 7:40 a.m. to the school at 21900 Centurion Way.
Six students, including the gunman, were found in the quad suffering from gunshot wounds, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference. All six were transported to hospitals, where two of them, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were later pronounced dead.
The surviving victims were described as two girls, ages 14 and 15, and a 14-year-old boy.
In a tweet, Henry Mayo Hospital said it had received four patients.
Their names were not immediately disclosed. The sheriff said the deceased girl’s parents were at the hospital. He was notified of the second fatality during a press conference at the school.
Gunman turns .45 caliber on himself
According to sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener, surveillance video “clearly” shows the suspect pulling a semi-automatic handgun out of his backpack in the quad and shooting five classmates before shooting himself in the head.
Thursday was the gunman’s 16th birthday, the captain said.
He was listed in grave condition at a hospital, according to Villanueva.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, authorities released a description of the suspect as a manhunt got underway. Heavily armed deputies and an armored SWAT vehicle were seen at a home near the school, but it was unclear if the house was connected to the investigation.
The high school remained on lockdown for hours after the incident. Shortly before 11 a.m., lockdowns were lifted at all campuses in the district, as well as Rosedell and Highland elementary schools.
Central Park, at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, was being used as a reunification point for parents and students, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Undersheriff Tim Murakami tweeted an apology to parents, saying investigators need to interview “every student at Saugus HS” before they can be released.
In a statement, the White House said President Donald Trump was monitoring ongoing reports about the shooting.
“The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders,” the statement said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted an expression of gratitude to the emergency responders.
“We simply should not have to fear for our kids’ lives when we drop them off at school,” the governor said. Addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Newsom asked: “How many more lives will be lost? How many more shootings will we have to endure? We need commonsense gun reform. NOW.”
Amid the chaos at the scene, the number of reported victims fluctuated throughout the morning. The sheriff later confirmed that six people were shot, including the gunman.