Community Living

Discover what community living is all about! Explore these articles and learn about dorms, apartments, townhomes and condos.


The rise of litigation -- and a slew of unhappy tenants -- in the U.S. have led to the proliferation of Directors and Officers liability insurance policies. What are they and how do they protect you?

You've committed to paying a set HOA fee per month. That you can handle. But when and if the dreaded special assessment hits, will it be even more expensive because of inflation?

Condo fees pay for ongoing costs like landscaping as well as into reserves for major expenses like replacing the roof. How can you tell if your association has enough set aside so they won't be hitting you up later?

Condo living seems pretty sweet -- until your HOA slaps you with an unexpected assessment fee. What exactly are you paying for?

Is that a crack appearing in your wall? Don't just live with them, learn how to fix it yourself!

If owning a little piece of planet Earth is on your bucket list, then buying a townhouse will let you live that dream. But don't confuse a townhouse with a condo -- they're not the same.

While there are several advantages to renting an apartment, sharing a space with other people often means sharing things you don't necessarily want. Like bugs.

Going to college is a rite of passage that requires lots of decisions, including where to stay. Should you try out dorm life or settle down in an apartment with roommates? We'll give you some food for thought.

Dorm life can be fun, but all that communal living can sometimes invite infestations. From bedbugs to roaches, we'll tell you how to survive the invasion.

It's much easier to prevent an infestation than it is to cope with one that's already underway. Follow these tips to keep your dorm room pest free.

When you rent a place to live, you provide the landlord with a security deposit. And if you didn't damage anything, you get that money back. Of course, it's not always that simple.

If you're ready to rent a place, you'll want to carefully review a few things on the lease before you sign on that last line. It may prevent some major headaches for both you and the landlord.

If ants ever invade your house or yard, you'll be well-armed for dealing with the problem -- and keeping your pets safe -- if you follow this set of anti-infestation tips.

One of the biggest complaints among apartment renters is being able to hear the sound from the people you share your walls with. Here are a few ways to help you deal with the noise.

Unfortunately, the sloppy lives many students lead attract critters to residence halls. If you don't want bugs and other pests in your dorm room, you'll have to be careful.

When you leave for college, there may be many things you want to take, but there some that you simply can't live without. You may be surprised what you find necessary.

They have a lot of the same perks that condos do, but in a townhome, you're only sharing the walls with neighbors, not the ceiling and floor. You'll need to keep a few questions in mind if you're thinking of buying one, though.

Disagreements between neighbors can really sour a living experience. Unfortunately, those sorts of feuds can be fairly common in condominium complexes. Keep reading to learn important questions to ask when buying a condo.

Sure, it's nausea-inducing to imagine the insidious germs that slink around a communal shower or crowd the toilet handle of a shared bathroom. But as far as germs go, is a dorm bathroom really any worse than your computer keyboard?