What made me begin Landlord Links and my AptStar Program

What made me begin Landlord Links and my AptStar Program

In the 1990s a man broke into my apartment and held me captive for five days. I was a regular New York City apartment renter. I didn’t know what my rental rights were. I didn’t know the difference between a good….

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Emergency Supply Kit: What you need to evacuate

Emergency Supply Kit: What you need to evacuate

Emergency Supply Kit long before a wildfire or other disaster occurs and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate. Plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time.

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List of things to help people displaced by the California Fires

List of things to help people displaced by the California Fires

If you are in or near the area where people who have been evacuated are, or know someone who is, the following is a list of things they will need right now. This is how you can help. Please forward to anyone who can help.

LIST OF THINGS PEOPLE NEED:

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When your landlord breaches your warranty of habitability. Get a rent abatement.

When your landlord breaches your warranty of habitability. Get a rent abatement.

The warranty of habitability is an implied warranty, read into the lease as a matter of law. The landlord cannot require any tenant to waive or limit this warranty. It is a warranty that the landlord will maintain the premises in a condition fit for humans to live in, fit for the use the…

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Love in the Time of Sickness: December 4, 2012

Love in the Time of Sickness: December 4, 2012

“If you want to see David before he dies then you have to fly to Florida today.” My estranged sister, Marie, of almost my whole life rattles off like an item on a to-do list as my hand clutches the phone tighter against my ear in disbelief. The muscles around my mouth tighten up…

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Love in the Time of Sickness: September 12, 2016

Love in the Time of Sickness: September 12, 2016

The paramedics arrived two hours after David began choking on his own vomit. His body was stretched out on the wheelchair and it looked as if he was going to slide off any second. His head hung back like a dead flower. His eyes were closed.

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Love Letters, excerpt: September 22, 2015

Love Letters, excerpt: September 22, 2015

I love this song — because I think of you. And I do. Everything I see and everything I do reminds me of you. Kirby I am just looking for a way to be together and I know I will figure it out. Sometimes in the day today — I had to stop myself from thinking about you because I thought I would get too sad.

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Love Letters, excerpt: July 22, 2015

Love Letters, excerpt: July 22, 2015

I know what is happening. It dawned on me while I was in the park this morning. The words you give me, the feeling I have with you, what you have done to me, what I have done to you. Everything. Things I’ve never felt before. Things I never knew existed. Love I never dreamed I’d have.

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Love Letters, excerpt: October 7 2015

Love Letters, excerpt: October 7 2015

From my desk I can see how neat and clean the apartment is. The dining table is shiny, the laundry is folded, the carpet is vacuumed, the floors are clean, the refrigerator contains things you like, and four cases of 6 pack small bottles of Pellegrino have made their way into their respective waiting areas

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