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Disruption is messy. That's the point - a business rethinks the rules of its industry and forces everyone to scramble and regroup, including customers. Now every purchase you make becomes a choice between two kinds of economy. Buy all your books on Amazon and your local bookstore could disappear; order UberEats and - what!? - your local restaurant might go under. Rent an Airbnb and, yep, you're raising people's rents. But, says The Atlantic's Derek Thompson, only a little.

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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.

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In an industry first, rental search site Rent.com.au has added NBN status to its full listings, making it much easier to find a property with access to super-fast broadband. With a click of a button, prospective renters can see whether a house or apartment currently has access to the NBN - as well as the type of technology being used. The number of connected homes is higher than you might think.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm getting myself organised to move out of home for the very first time in a few months. I was wondering if you had tips for the kinds of things I won't realise I need until I move in? Apart from the obvious essentials (bed, fridge, etc.), what should I be buying?

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Followit is a new app for Android and iOS that pitches itself as the Instagram of real estate. Instead of following friends and celebrities, you follow houses in specific streets and suburbs where you want to live. Here's how it works.

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You might not own your place, but you still want it to feel like home. Problem is, a lot of apartments are bland and cookie-cutter. As a renter, you can't exactly take down a wall or upgrade the appliances in your kitchen. There are, however, a few easy, landlord-friendly upgrades to make your rental feel more like home.

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If you're short on cash and you need a fridge or furniture, you might be tempted at "rent-to-own" options. These are appliance and furniture stores that let customers pay for items over time by forking over a monthly amount. But Consumer Reports illustrates why this is a pretty terrible idea.

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Dear Lifehacker, If I were renting an apartment or house and I want to supplement my income, what's the rule on sub-letting a room or car spot? Is it illegal to put the property on AirBnB, or just frowned upon by the owner? What's a polite way of asking for permission?

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The number of renters in Australia is increasing as the local housing market makes owning a home a pipe dream for a large number of people. When you don't have a permanent place to settle down in, procuring a landline internet connection is a pain in the neck with most contracts locking you in for two years lest you want to pay a high premium to use the service. MyNetFone aims to solve this problem by bringing out an broadband plan aimed squarely at renters.