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Ask Toni & Maria – Real Estate Column #16

“Ask Toni & Maria” is a real estate column written by Toni Gilardi and Maria DiTullio from Elite Boston Landmark Realty. Have them answer your questions in an upcoming column by emailing

Maria DiTullio (left) and Toni Gilardi

1) Hey Toni and Maria,
My lease is up August 31… my new lease starts Sept 1. My current Landlord would like me to move out on the 31st but my new Landlord will not let me move in until the 1st. How does this usually work?
Thank you, Mellisa

Well Mellisa,
Usually a Landlord will allow the current tenant an over- night stay on the 31st with the understanding that the tenant will vacate first thing on the 1st. That said, the new tenant should not try to move in until mid-afternoon. This will allow the owner time to paint and clean. If for some reason this does not work then you will have to look into a storage pod, a sleeping bag and a friends couch for the night.

2) Dear Toni and Maria,
I moved into the North End about 6 months ago. My lease is up in Aug and I would like to re-new. Even though I moved in recently the owner is asking for a rent increase. Is that reasonable?
Thanks, Steven

Hello Steven,
This is not so unusual for this rental period. We have noticed extremely low inventory vs high demand. E-con 101 supply and demand …. driving the rental prices through the roof. If you can live with the increase sign up for another year.

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