T schedule for First Night Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s light rail system (the “T”) will run its regular weekday schedule on New Year’s Eve for Highmark First Night.

The Allegheny County Port Authority recommends public transit users plan ahead as detours will be in effect for several bus lines, but residents of Sleepy Hollow Townhouses and Apartments, Place Seville, and Alvern Gardens will be pleased to note that the Blue Line to Library and South Hills Village are running their regular weekday schedule.

What can I do if my landlord won’t return my security deposit?

With the end of the month—and likely the end of a few leases—coming up, we at Prudential Realty Company decided it’s time for some advice from the experts.

The question at hand this week: What can I do if my landlord won’t return my security deposit and gives no explanation?

The short answer: take legal action.

Chi Quach, assistant property manager of Alvern Gardens Apartments, explains that security deposits must be returned within 30 days of a tenant’s vacating the rented property, and any amounts withheld from the deposit must be explained.

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Renting from a reputable landlord or realty company is one of the surest ways of fair treatment of your security deposit.

Here are some reasons why your deposit might not be returned in full:

  • You’ve damaged the property beyond normal wear and tear (holes in the wall or floor, for example)
  • Your lease contained a clause regarding cleaning the property before vacating and you failed to do so
  • You failed to pay your rent and/or utilities, or you owe other outstanding charges
  • You haven’t returned the keys
  • Your landlord doesn’t have a forwarding address to which he/she can send the security deposit

This, of course, is not an exhaustive list, and you should be familiar with all the terms of your lease to ensure you don’t miss any important details such as these.

For legal and insurance (renter’s insurance is a must) purposes, it’s always a good idea to take plenty of pictures of your home. Use pictures to document the state of the apartment before you move in to avoid getting charged for existing damage. Have plenty of pictures of the place once you’ve moved in, particularly of valuables. For example, if a ceiling leak damages your TV, your insurance will need photographic evidence showing that your TV stood under the spot where your ceiling leaked. Upon moving out, take pictures of how you left the place. All this photographic evidence will be helpful should you run into problems of any kind, not just the return of your security deposit.

The smartest things you can do to protect yourself are:

  1. Sign a clearly worded lease with a reputable realtor or realty company
  2. Read everything and know the terms of your lease
  3. Get renter’s insurance
  4. Document everything

If you’re looking to rent in the Pittsburgh area, check out Prudential Realty Company’s website and contact us about our current availability.

Short-term housing for interns in Pittsburgh, PA

Located just south of Pittsburgh in Castle Shannon, PA, Alvern Gardens Apartments is offering short-term housing for summer  interns in 2014.

Those with verifiable internships in the Pittsburgh area who need a minimum 4 month lease for the duration of their internship need look no further than Alvern Gardens Apartments. The affordable yet spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are ideal for summer interns looking for a short-term lease.

Commuting downtown is a cinch: Alvern Gardens is just a short walk from St. Anne’s T (Pittsburgh’s light rail system) stop.

Interns can chill by the pool in their downtime, or ride the T downtown for fun in the city’s Cultural District, Point State Park, and Market Square. The T also goes to nearby shopping areas, like South Hills Village Mall.

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Point State Park is one of many Pittsburgh locations accessible from Alvern Gardens Apartments via the T.

There’s plenty of free parking, so bringing a car to the city is no trouble at all. Shopping and restaurants are just a quick drive away. Nature or golf lovers can take advantage of South Park, right down the road.

The convenient on-site laundry facilities and extra storage will make for a hassle-free summer.

Interns looking for short-term housing in the Pittsburgh area are welcome to contact the leasing office at 412-561-4663 or alverngardens@yahoo.com for more information and to schedule a tour.

Holiday events in Pittsburgh area

Residents of Prudential Realty Communities in the Pittsburgh area—Alvern Gardens Apartments, Place Seville, and rentals on Sleepy Hollow Road—have plenty to do this holiday season.

Keystone Oaks School District Events

The students of Castle Shannon’s Keystone Oaks School District, many of whom live in Alvern Gardens Apartments and Place Seville, are offering several holiday shows next week.

At 7 p.m. on Dec. 17, Keystone Oaks Middle School is holding a band concert.

Keystone Oaks High School’s Chorus, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band will perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18.

4th and 5th graders of Myrtle Avenue Elementary School will perform their holiday concert at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 19.

Downtown Pittsburgh Events

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A winter view of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington, an iconic location accessible from Alvern Gardens Apartments, Place Seville, and Sleepy Hollow.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market is running until Dec. 23 in Market Square. Residents of Alvern Gardens, Place Seville, Sleepy Hollow Townhouses, and Sleepy Hollow Apartments, can ride the T to Gateway Station for a European-inspired holiday shopping experience.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker is playing through Dec. 29 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The theater is just a short walk from the T’s Wood Street Station. Alvern Gardens residents live just a block from St. Anne’s T stop, and Place Seville is walking distance from the Red Line’s Overbrook Junction.

The 20th Highmark First Night kicks off at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, just a 26-minute T ride from several Prudential Realty Communities in the South Hills, like Alvern Gardens Apartments and Place Seville.

Cat friendly apartments in Pittsburgh

Alvern Gardens is a cat friendly apartment building in Pittsburgh, PA. We have a variety of apartments available for you and your cats.

For an additional completely refundable $250 security deposit per cat, residents of Alvern Gardens Apartments in Castle Shannon can have up to two spayed/neutered indoor cats.

There are no additional monthly feels to  worry about, and with spacious floor plans at great prices, there’s plenty of room for the critters to roam.

Francis the Cat
Between wildlife and passing cars, Francis has plenty to see from his living room window in Alvern Gardens.

With 12 veterinary clinics and animal hospitals—some of them open 24 hours—within a 4-mile radius of their community, Alvern Gardens residents don’t have to go far to get great healthcare for their cats, including medical emergencies.

For all their pet supply needs, residents can shop at any of the area’s Petco or Pet Supplies Plus stores.

Cat owners interested in one, two, or three bedroom apartments may contact the leasing office at 412-561-4663 or alverngardens@yahoo.com for current availability.

More information about the community is available on this blog and on Prudential Realty Company’s website.