Handling a Dispute With Your Landlord

While it likely may not be your aim to become close friends with your landlord, it’s a reasonable goal for both parties (renter and landlord) to maintain a healthy relationship while you rent. Unfortunately, there is a chance that a dispute will arise during your lease, and in order to prevent further issues from happening, a resolving strategy must be put in place.

There are a multitude of paths that one can choose to go down, and some will be… Continue reading

Four Things to Keep in Mind While Searching For a New Rental

Searching for a new apartment or other rental unit can be a truly daunting task, especially if it’s something that you haven’t had to take on before. Surfing through Craigslist post after Trulia listing without finding that true place you could call “home” might get a little disheartening, but having a few guidelines can help you zero in and sort out more promising leads over others.

Here are a few things to keep in consideration while you are in the… Continue reading

Preparing your home before vacation

Summer is just about here, which means that there is a good chance that you’re getting ready for one (or several) getaway vacations. Such plans should only be accompanied by feelings of serenity and joy rather than stress and negativity.

At Ralarm, we are obligated to let you know that while your vacation should mainly serve as a mental break from the stresses of everyday life, you shouldn’t just let your guard down once you have arrived at your… Continue reading

North Carolina Landlords and Tenants: Understanding Your Responsibilities


Every state has their own promulgated laws pertaining to the responsibilities and rights between landlords and tenants. While we may not be able to cover the laws of all fifty states, we are going to start in North Carolina. The Tarheel State became only the ninth state in the country to reach a population of 10 million at the end of 2015.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 281 new people call North Carolina their home everyday. With this kind… Continue reading

Rent Prices in North Carolina’s Largest Cities


The Tar Heel State is home to two of the fastest-growing metropolitan cities in the entire country: Charlotte and Raleigh. More businesses are making their start in North Carolina, recognizing the level of talented, educated individuals making their stay after graduating from schools such as Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill.

A growing population means an increase in rental prices, but some of the most prevalent cities in North Carolina show that you don’t have to break the bank to… Continue reading

Tips for Apartment Security in a Shared Complex

Apartment complexes seem to be sprouting up left and right in cities across America. Minus retail stores, these complexes are almost becoming cities within themselves with parks, laundry access, gyms, pools, and more. While they may range in design, these newer developments often fall in line with something like this:


Convenience and high-quality living conditions make these complexes a first-choice location for young renters moving to a new city. As you settle in, it’s important to think beyond just the… Continue reading

Convincing your landlord to install home security


Renting out your home comes with plenty of advantages, namely flexibility and convenience of having repairs and other issues taken care of for you. One of the issues that tenants may run into is the inability to install new devices or features in the home without the permission of the landlord or management company.

If you have rented, there’s a good chance you may have run into this situation. Although each landlord’s terms might differ from another, it’s not very… Continue reading

If you don’t have renter’s insurance, it’s time to reconsider

Renting out a home or apartment? Great! Do you have insurance to protect your belongs in the property? If you don’t, you might really want to sit down and consider this. Renter’s insurance can mean great things for overall financial and home security, so that’s why it’s surprising that not enough people are getting it.

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), more and more people in the U.S. are deciding to rent, but less and less are purchasing… Continue reading

The case for renting out a house over an apartment complex

No matter what city you live in, apartment complexes appear to be sprouting up seemingly out of nowhere week by week. They tower over big and small cities alike, creating cookie cutter living spaces for what are often young professionals. Chances are these complexes are owned by sizable property management companies that place uniform lease agreements for all tenants, allowing little to no wiggle room for term adjustment.

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One of these is probably within a five mile radius from your… Continue reading

Other resources to find rentals other than Craigslist

For those who are trying to find a new place, rely Craigslist tends to be the universal standard that apartment seekers are at the mercy of. Of course, speak to anyone who has had experience trying to find a spot on the website, and they’ll tell you about bizarre, spammy responses that get them nowhere fast.

As frustrating as Craigslist can be, it is often effective for people seeking a new place to live, but it is far from the… Continue reading