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Old 09-05-2016, 11:38 AM   #261
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Yes, well the OP has also started 4 threads at the same time. And I've noticed he throws out a topic and seems to just sit back and read for entertainment purposes. I'm not sure what he wants from this board...
Hey, I come here for entertainment too. This is the only forum I visit, and so I thought I would give back to tell ya'all some of my stories, sad as well as happy, hopefully providing some entertainment.

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Piling on, I've seen worse. He put on a huge list of things he was going to do in one day and there hasn't been any update from him. I'm starting to think that some of the concerned posters here are more worried about his situation then he is.
He was given some ideas, and is mulling over them. It may take a while to digest and to work out the details of implementation.
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:54 AM   #262
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Hey, I come here for entertainment too. This is the only forum I visit, and so I thought I would give back to tell ya'all some of my stories, sad as well as happy, hopefully providing some entertainment.


He was given some ideas, and is mulling over them. It may take a while to digest and to work out the details of implementation.
Absolutely nothing wrong with any of that at all, I was responding to a few posters who seem to think the replies were mean and nasty. That's not how I see them. If a dozen people advise you to try to break your lease and move into cheaper quarters, is that piling on, or simply a consensus of liked minded people?
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:57 AM   #263
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I have enjoyed the thread, and can't hope that he addresses his health, more important than $$.
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Hey, I come here for entertainment too....... .
I just come here to learn how to deal with sneaky roof rats.
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Under ideal conditions, I would not want to break the lease. I would if necessary. My primary advice was/is to make a realistic plan, then do it, now, not later. Could be that getting other arrangements made will use most or all the remaining lease period anyway, but in worst case, pack tfu and split. Easier to beg for forgiveness than to get permission...
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Last time I broke a lease was about 32 years ago when I had been burglarized 3 times and the management didn't do anything.
But I think OP is right to consult a lawyer to review his options before breaking the lease. (I don't think breaking the lease is immoral but it's prudent to look at his options.) I visited Portsmouth a decade ago and liked it a lot; I'm not sure how much cheaper it would be than Richmond now, but I assume it would be noticeably cheaper. At the very least, moving to the periphery would be a reasonable alternative, even if one didn't go full Florida. Western Pennsylvania also sounds reasonable, if he wants to stay in the area--or more rural Maryland. I drive long distances without much thought, having lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and the West, so it's easy for me to post this. And, yes, get some part-time gig to keep body and soul together until SS. (I also think posting here is a good sign and showed some gumption; he doesn't have to necessarily draw up a 20 point plan in a day or two.)
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I visited Portsmouth a decade ago and liked it a lot; I'm not sure how much cheaper it would be than Richmond now, but I assume it would be noticeably cheaper.
I haven't researched it, but since the Hampton Roads area is a bustling metropolis with lots of jobs, I suspect apartments would be more expensive for the same thing than Richmond. Richmond may be the state capital, but it's not thriving. Plus Richmond is only about half as far away from the DC area, which the OP has indicated he has reason to stay close to.
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I was out of town all weekend and did not check the Internet during the three days.

Now I have returned and saw that there were a number of posters who complained I had deserted the thread because I did not reply to their comments.

Basically until I check with the attorney on Wednesday, my life and planning is on hold. Though I did check the Internet early this morning and googled the term "Breaking your apartment lease due to unemployment." The websites had all kinds of horror stories about the apartment complexes blacklisting you from ever renting at a nice spot ever again and suing you for the rest of your lease and damages. So if I moved in the night to a cheaper town to save on my rent, in the end it could cost me more money because I could be paying rent in Richmond or Hampton Roads or maybe the town I grew up in (Saint Cloud MN) and then be sued for the rest of my lease plus damages and then get on a list of deadbeats and not be able to rent at a nice apartment for years. Tenant Screening websites such as this one:

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OP: You are looking for every justification to stay in your expensive apartment and pretend nothing has changed. What you describe will never happen. Landlords, including corporate landlords, only sue when there are significant damages. It costs them a lot of money to sue. Since there is a legal requirement for the landlord to re-rent, the damages are going to be minimal. That's especially true if you give them notice, move, and leave the place clean.

Make it clear you are moving at the end of the month because you lost your job. Tell them you will do everything you can to help them re-rent the apartment and minimize their damages. Offer to show the place to prospective tenants. And then document your efforts.

Once they figure out you are moving no matter what, they should work with you. If they don't, that's another reason they would not have a successful court case. However, the rental business is just that - a business. Their objective is to maximize their revenues and minimize their losses. To do that, they want the unit rented quickly at the same or higher rent. Giving notice, showing prospective tenants, and keeping the place in pristine condition will allow them to do that. As a 20 year landlord, I'm pretty sure they are not going to sue you. Their damages are small. It's just not worth it.
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I was out of town all weekend and did not check the Internet during the three days.
What kind of progress have you made on the other items on your "to do" list of a week ago?
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OK, someone asked me to stopping complaining and make some changes to my attitude and DO SOMETHING about my situation. So here is my plan for today:

Go to every temp agency in the area and push hard for temp work to tide me over until I can move.

Do more research into how I can use my $300K in my Fidelity Account to pay for my expenses so it won't run out before I die.

Talk to a legal aide attorney about how I can break my lease without destroying my credit so I could not rent in the future.

Look into selling some of my stuff to get a cash infusion.

Look into cancelling my $800 a month COBRA health insurance and going on Obama Care with federal subsidy.

Drive down to suburban Richmond VA and check it out. I can live there and be within 100 miles of my friends and family in the DC area but live in a cheaper more low keyed town. I see nice apartments advertised there for under $800 a month. I will talk to them about how I can rent without a job but with assets. (Maybe pay a year ahead in rent?)
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You do realize that links you posted is from an association of landlords, so what else would you expect to read there.
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What kind of progress have you made on the other items on your "to do" list of a week ago?
I think he's probably pretty busy keeping up with the 8 threads he's started at the same time.
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I think he's probably pretty busy keeping up with the 8 threads he's started at the same time.
I have time to go on this site and post while I wait for my Wednesday meeting the real estate lawyer. In the mean time I can't do anything on the list.
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I have time to go on this site and post while I wait for my Wednesday meeting the real estate lawyer. In the mean time I can't do anything on the list.

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This has gotten so ridiculous that I am laughing out loud and the dogs are looking at me funny) We were a landlord for awhile and we never sued anyone. We had people do damage and just kept their security deposit. As others noted it is not worth it to sue unless the damage done to the place is extensive.
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In the mean time I can't do anything on the list.
I admit it has been quite some time since I was in Alexandria, but I don't remember that many bridges there.
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This has gotten so ridiculous that I am laughing out loud and the dogs are looking at me funny) We were a landlord for awhile and we never sued anyone. We had people do damage and just kept their security deposit. As others noted it is not worth it to sue unless the damage done to the place is extensive.
You aren't kidding. I *was* going to post a nice, long explanation from the corporate side of the rental game (my DW is a managing broker for the leasing department for a very large corporation in town) saying that, "yeah, they don't sue; it's too much of a pain" but it appears that the OP is not very proactive in his actions. So...off to another thread.
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Forced - I am hoping you are making some progress on the research front. In your list there are a number of items you could do via internet. My guess is that emotionally it might be hard for you to move forward with progress. Baby steps are progress too.

You got this! Focus on the best possible outcome and where you could be in 6 months. You could very well be in a new area, lower cost of living, lower expenses and totally enjoying retirement. You may even have some part time work to boost your savings. Wishing you the best.
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Hey, OP glad you are back and had a nice long weekend.
Maybe in your spare time you could continue to look for jobs (linkedIn, Dice, etc). There are a ton of job boards and something would suit the type of job you could do.

You can search for jobs where you are, or where you are going to be, or both and do whichever comes up first.

Don't forget to get a haircut and dye your hair to shave years off your looks. Will help with dating too
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