The Top 3 Renter Complaints…and Hundreds of Solutions

Sometimes, with apartment life, things simply just don't go your way — you can do your homework, plan ahead, ask for advice, eat your veggies and still find yourself dealing with one of these oh-so-common complaints. Instead of beating yourself up or letting it get to you (and it will!), shift your energy into finding a fix…

There is a reason why there are so many posts in our archives on these three issues - everyone deals with them at some point. The upside to all of this stress? People figure out solutions and pass on their tips in the comment threads - that is where you'll find the hundreds of solutions!

Be sure to dig in to the comments sections on the posts below - that is where the true jewels of sanity-saving info reside - the ideas, fixes and products that the Apartment Therapy readers recommend to turn these unfun situations around.

Odors
Top Tips for Getting Rid of Cat Odors - 53 comments
New Lease Deal Breakers - 83 comments
How Do I Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke Odor? - 38 comments
How to Deal with Neighbor's Smoke? - 50 comments
Smoking Neighbors? - 28 comments
Help! Our Past Tenants Smelled Too Good - 44 comments
Removing "Old House" Smell? - 20 comments
Coping with McDonald's Smells? - 45 comments
How To: Get Rid of Refrigerator Odors - 19 comments

Noise
Ways to Soundproof Against Downstairs Landlord's Noise? - 63 comments
Round Up: White Noise Machines - 65 comments
Experience With Noise Absorbing Ceilings? - 58 comments
Sound Proofing an Apartment from Street Noise? - 38 comments
Noisy Neighbors - 28 comments
Soundproofing Windows? - 20 comments
How Do You Quiet Your Neighbor??? - 75 comments
Secret Soundproofing: A Trick for Reducing Noise - 16 comments
Dealing With Loud Neighbors and Soundproofing Options - 66 comments

Temperature
When It's Too Hot -
Live Without: An Air Conditioner - 83 comments
5 Unexpected Benefits to Forgoing the Air Conditioner - 94 comments
How To: Beat the Heat Without Air Conditioning - 16 comments
How To Cool Off Tips - 17 comments
How Can We Cool Down Our Apt.? - 33 comments
My Apartment is Too Hot! - 38 comments
Heat Control Film - 20 comments
Summertime Sourcelist: 10 Fabulous, Functioning Fans - 16 comments

When It's Too Cold -
5 Ways to Insulate Your Windows for Winter - 53 comments
Winter Nights: Tips for Keeping Warm in Bed - 44 comments
DIY Ways to Insulate Windows - 34 comments
Staying Warm in a Concrete & Cement Building - 46 comments
Low-Tech Warmth for Cold Beds - 41 comments
10 Ways to Warm Up Your Bedroom in Winter - 11 comments
How To...Stay Warm at Home without Much Heat - 20 comments
A Winter Without Heat (So Far!) Tips To Stay Warm - 44 comments

And, as always, thanks for sharing your hard won wisdom on any of the topics above in this comment thread - the more intel the better!

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