November 2011

Living With In-Laws: How to Handle a Tense Situation

My wife and I are living with her parents while we wait to close on our new home.  Things were fine initially, but recently my mother-in-law told my wife that I was lazy.  I go to school full-time (retired Army), and have been trying to find a job that doesn’t interfere with my schedule.  Right now my wife is the only one work, but we both worked to earn the money we are using to buy the house. Since I’m not working right now, and do seem to have more free-time than my wife, her family looks down on me.   Knowing that my mother-in-law and the rest of my wife’s family think that I am lazy has put a strain on our relationship. 

Late Fees: How Much is Too Much?

"The average renter, and many landlords, do not realize there are laws regarding late fees."

Rental agreements are filled with a lot of legal terms that the average renter, and landlord, is not interested in reading.  However, there are a few parts of the rental agreement that both parties should be aware of.  Next to the amount of rent due, the late payment fee is one of the most important parts of a lease.  The renter should know how much they are required to pay if their monthly rent is paid late, and the landlord should know if they are charging a late fee that is too high.