More and more, it seems like booking a rental through Airbnb is a risky proposition. There was the story of the “superhost” crashing through the bedroom window in the middle of the night, or the less dramatic (but also alarming) stories of rentals found to contain hidden cameras in everything from clocks to fake motion sensors (and one family who discovered a live-streaming camera filming their every move). Now, thanks to one traveller’s story, we know to look out for rental owners who claim that you’ve caused damage to their property—damage that could result in thousands of dollars of fees.
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No matter how big or small your home is, if you're not naturally a tidy person then keeping it clean can be a bit of a challenge. I live in a one-bedroom apartment which means it doesn't take much clutter for my place to look like it's gone completely off the rails. Adding to my more-stuff-than-space problem is the fact that I'm really just a messy person by nature. For a while, I thought I was just destined to live in a mess -- until I started cleaning in sections.
I've lived in a lot of rentals, so I've had to get good at making temporary customisations to apartments to make them feel a little more like they're mine. I know I'm not alone in needing to make a rental feel like home, so if you want to turn your place into something that welcomes you after a long day, here's what to do.
There's plenty you can do in your rental to make it more like a home without spending a ton or running afoul of your landlord, but if you want some more substantial upgrades or changes, you'll need their help. Have you ever convinced a landlord to pay for upgrades or renovations?
It sounds like a wishful urban legend, but it's indeed possible to negotiate a discount on rent. Some of our readers have successfully done it, and this former apartment complex manager confirms: it never hurts to ask.