• Want Your Security Deposit Back? Ask These 6 Questions

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    When you’ve just landed a new apartment in Boston, MA, a security deposit is kind of like the pile of work on your desk at 5 p.m. on a Friday. You could push it aside for now, but you’ll still have to deal with it on Monday (or when it’s time to move out). But until that time comes, it’s easy to be distracted with decorating, meeting the neighbors, and celebrating your new place.

    However, it’s important to be proactive so you can help ensure you’ll get back every penny you deserve – and you can’t just assume the security deposit will let you “live out the last month,” either. That concept exists only in tenants’ minds and isn’t really a thing (ever) … unless your landlord has agreed to it.

    Here are six important questions to ask before you sign the lease that can help save you some dough.

    1. Does your landlord want the place returned spotless?

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  • 10 Insanely Clever Home Hacks Every Renter Needs To Know

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    Apartment living can be tight, but these little tweaks can go a long way toward making your place feel more spacious.

    Apartment life can come with many perks, like a doorman, pool, and fitness center. Unfortunately, loads of space isn’t often one of them: Even the roomiest New York, NY apartments have their limits. With a little bit of creativity, however, you can make your 500 square feet (or less) seem like a palace.

    Here are 10 DIY hacks to maximize your living quarters:

    1. Turn to trunks

    Vintage suitcases displayed in a corner can pull double duty as storage for sheets and towels if you don’t have a linen closet, says Lisa Zaslow, founder and CEO of Gotham Organizers in New York, NY. A large decorative trunk that doubles as a coffee table can hide a home office too. Store file bins, a box for supplies, and a wireless printer inside, and just pop the top when you’re ready to work. When you’re entertaining, the trunk can be …read more