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CLASSIFIED ADS. W\t Miening kt PART II PAGES 1?8 WASHINGTON, D. SATURDAY, AUGUST 22. 1914. "READ BEFORE SIGNING" Advice Given Ivy Writer Concerning Apartment and Other Leaaes. Some real estate leases are such formidable-looking documents that not ft few persons taking them will not take the time or make an effort to read them so as to thoroughly understand the docu ment to which they are affixing their names. They are quite apt to take it for granted that it is all right, anyway. But it really is important that this indenture receive more than a glance, says a writer in the New York Times. Papers that enter into various agreements, contracts of sale, r.iurtgages, building contracts, etc., are all complex, but none Is more so than the average dwelling house or apart ment house lease. In fact, in some cities they are regarded as "brain tangling," and becoming more and more so. Not many persons are aware of the fact that 'eases of flats in the city have a chattel clause Inserted that places the tenant at the mercy of the landlord if he cannot pay the rent. Many "Ifs*' and "Buts." This chattel clause is mixed In with the dozens of "ifs" and "huts" which have always taxed common sense to capacity in fathoming accurately their purpose and Intent, until the reading of a lease of that character is as irksome as puz zling. Up to within a short time when ever a tenant could not pay his rent and decided to move, or was ordered out by his landlord, he could get ous and take his possessions with him, but now, in certain cities, he moves just the same, but leaves behind him the furniture and furnishings of his home. These chattels are put in storage, there to remain at the expense of the owner until he pays the rent bill, the storage bill, cartage and any other incidental ex pense the landlord sees flt to tack on. In view of these things it certainly is not cheaper to move than pay rent In New York, St. Louis, Milwaukee. Chicago and some other places where the chattel form of lease has come into a partial use. Clause Affects Furniture. By the wording of the lease which contains the chattel clause the tenant relinquishes to the landlord and owner the furniture and furnishings the very minute the goods are installed in the house or apartment. He has signed the document, and that document goes on record. And this pledge also is signed in the presence of a notary before it goes In record. Such conditions are not found in leases that are negotiated in this city or state unless the lessor Inserts such a chattel clause with the consent of the lessee. The general lease used ex tensively throughout this common wealth. and which is furnished in blank by all dealers in law stationery, is a voluminously worded affair, really un neceesarily so. The lessee agrees to refrain from driving nails or screws in the walls; will replace all glass broken except by lire; will pay the plate glass insurance; pay the expense of removing ashes and garbage; will keep the lawn, if there is one, mowed and in good condition; keep the sidewalk cleaned from ice, snow and other obstructions; will pay for emptying the cesspools and drains, etc. May Remove Effects. Another proviso, which is led up to by a long preamble, states that if the lessee shall neglect to perform or ob serve any of the foregoing covenants or agreements as contained in these presents, or for any breach thereof, the ! lessor or his representatives may enter j the premises at any time and remove the effects of the lessee?forcibly, if necessary?without being guilty of trespass and without prejudice to any remedies which might otherwise be used, for arrears of rent or preceding breach of covenant. Store leases are also voluminous doc uments and filled with a mass of words that to the real estate man are per fectly clear, but to the average layman are puzzling and meaninglesa But the lessee of a store will very likely have his lease looked after by an attorney, and, by him, made clear. He takes no changes of signing anything that may tie him hand and foot. POUCHES A FEATTJBE. Attractive Fireproof Apartment Be ing Erected at 1425 Chapin Street. Sleeping porches with casement win dows opening both at the top and bot tom are features of a four-story apart ment being built at 1425 Chapin street northwest, by Atherton Seidell, builder, from plans by Hunter & Bell, archi tects. The building occupies a lot 50 i by 100 feet. The front Is of tapestry brick, and j the construction fireproof throughout. The building contains eight apart- j ments, one of three rooms and seven of j four rooms and bath. It will be ready j for occupancy about October 1. =?1 ?For Exchange? Cm* md Clear Piepwflet ?/Uw Choice Eqoitiej nd Cash. ARE TOU IK NEED OP CASH? Per haps you have property with mort gages coming due that cannot be ex tended. It may be that you are in need of money and cannot wait until a buyer comes along for your property. We have parties with desirable prop erties who will trade them and give a large cash sum difference. They will as sume your mortgages. They are per sons of means, and can pay them off. DO NOT PUT IT OFF TOO LONG. If your property is put up at auc tion the chances are you will not get j a cent out of it. It will do no harm to ! take up the question with us, and it . may result greatly to your benefit. Stan* & Fairfax, 1142 New York Ave. I. Fine Residence I At a Bargain Figure. $8,750 Will buy this $15,000 house. On Washington Heights?west of 20th ? st. Three stories and cellar?four rooms on a floor. Seven bedrooms; three baths; hot-water Ijj heat. Lot 25x130 feet ft You could not build such a house for less than $10,000. An offer worth in vestigating. ? t' 1342 New York Ave. it Stone & Fairfax, FRITZ REUTER HOTEL, at Pennsylvania arenne and John Marshall place northwest, which was sold at pnblic auction during past week for 955,000, being bought fn by National Permanent Building Association at foreclosure sale. HjllililSllHIMI.I I,. iHWWI ,1 ,l!llllllll I 'I, IIIHHIIIIIII, ?IJIIIIIIInlllllllllliiaaSWSag If you are looking for a real swell home at a real low price, J B elegantly built, modern in every respect, ideally located and jj % containing features never before put in moderate priced homes, jj 1 look at 1132-34 and 1200, 1202 and 1204 Fairmont street north- jj 3 west, Columbia Heights. Open for inspection daily and Sun- ? j day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. jj Price, $5,750. These homes were advertised for the first time last Sat urday. Four were sold this week, only one left. Look at it Saturday, might be sold before Sunday. Would make f? an excellent in vestment. Will rent for $41!. 50. ... ., Pays 12% (net) on the equity of $2,250. Where c o uld you invest $2,250 to better advan tage than in one of these homes? Special Features: 1-] Big lots, 20 by 142 to 15-foot paved alley, big back find front yards, big p shade trees in back yards, big front and rear cement porches, oak floors, gas |? and electric light, hot-water heat, communicating bedrooms, big glass-in-3 H closed sleeping porch, with nine French windows, large attic room, front and H rear entrance to cellar. Best two-story-and-attic homes in Washington. Look exactly like three-story houses. 1 BOSS & PHELPS (Inc.), 714.14th ST. N.w. Prices, $1,950 to $2,350 Is all we are asking for these elegant New, Brick Colonial Design Homes, within 5 min utes' walk of Lincoln Park, convenient to two car lines?East Capitol and Capital Traction. Get off at 16th street. Walk 2*4 squares to sample house. Cor. Sixteenth & C Sts. S.E. 6 Rooms and Tile Bath The most sanitary homes built, and sold on terms within reach of any man who is paying rent and living in a much inferior house with no conveniences. Only $19.50 Per Month Including Interest and Principal Nos. 1533-1535 C Street S.E. Open Daily. Sunday until 8:30 P.M. PHILLIPS & SAGER MAKES CLEARING HOUSE OF CONSUUR BUREAU War in Europe Creates Hew De mand Upon the Clerical Force. The consular bureau of the State De partment is one of the busiest offices in Washington these days, being the clear ing house for Information concerning the whereabouts of the thousands of Amer icans stranded In all parts of Europe by the general war. All inquiries concern ing absent Americans are addressed to that bureau, and there the Information is received, classified and made public. So great Is the rush that thirty-flve ex tra clerks, mostly women, have been em ployed to help Chief Hengstler and his regular staff. Prom early morning until closing time at night, and. late at night, too. and Sundays there Is a constant stream of anxious people seeking in formation of friends abroad. Telegrams From the States. Not only are Washlngtonlans among those seeking the whereabouts of friends abroad, but scores of senators and rep resentatives are on hand delivering tele grams of inquiry from constituents all over the country, who are alarmed be cause of the receipt of no worcf from their friends. Dally a long list of American refugees Is given out- So far as possible this list gives the home address of the person of whom Inquiry Is made, the whereabouts in Europe, or, If the refugee has depart ed, the name of the ship upon which pas sage has been taken. The service is as complete and effective as is possible under the adverse circum stance of war conditions. Realty Investments Safe. From the New York Son. Investors in real estate and in real estate mortgages need have no fear for the security of their investments be cause of the European war. This is the i view taken by the presidents of the three largest title companies In this city, companies which are most vitally interested In the present situation. In fact, they see on the other hand a great stimulant for local real estate In the present conflict abroad, and one of them is even inclined to the belief that the war will cause a greater demand for space here and a resultant improve ment in real estate conditions gen erally. Until there has been a readjustment of the financial situation, It is believed that the making of building loans will be temporarily suspended, but that means no loss to the market, for the title companies have been making few loans of this kind during the last year, and the city is so well supplied with rent able space now that any further cur- i tailment In the erection of new build ings will be regarded with favor gen- | e rally. TWO SALES REPORTED. Property at 615 F Street and 1816 14th Street Changes Hands. The sale of the four-story business building at 615 F street northwest to James Martin was reported today by Stone & Fairfalx, brokers. The consid eration is reported to have been in the neighborhood of $25,000. The building occupies a lot 19 by 130. The same firm also reports the sale of the business building at 181G 14th street northwest for Harry T. Payne, ! the consideration being about $20,00). The building occupies a lot 25 by 100 feet. Half Billion Spent. Building operations in American cities goes on even though complaint* of strin gency of capital for other enterprises are heard from every corner of the country. According to figures collected from 141 cities, between the Atlantic and the Pa cific oceans, the Gulf of Mexico^ the Rio Grande and the Canadian line by Brad streets, $514,670,399 have been spent on new buildings since the 1st of January. We Are Offering to the Public for the First Time The Lowest Priced Homes on the Market on Rent Payment Plans EXACT REPRODUCTION OF HOUSES. DpJrA CO 9CO Six Large Outside r IlLCj Rooms and Bath $21.25 per Month, Including All Interest Terrace front lawns and back yard?convenient to two car lines (East Capitol and 13th & D Sts.) Corner 14^4 and C Streets N.E. Sample Houses, No. 261-263 14Vz St. N.E. Take cars marked 13th and D Sts., get off at 13th and C streets, walk east 1 /i squares to sample house. Open?Lighted Daily?Sunday Phillips ssac-e|? PHILLIPS & SAGER, 715 14th St. PHONE FOR OUR AUTO SERVICE. Can You BEAT These in the Northwest? Hot-Water Heat /) Gas and Electric /Tf Lights Six Rooms?Tile Bath, 3 Porches Overlooking 500 Acres Parking Sample House 425 Columbia Road Open Sunday Every House Sold Before Completed Don't Sign a Lease. Boy One of These Homes With Yonr Rent Money 1?6 large rooms. 2?Press brick fronts. 8?Steel construction. 4?3 large porches. 5?Hot-water heat. 6?Gas light. 7?Electric lights. 8?Complete laundry. 0?Extra summer heater for hot water service. 10?Art Mantels. 11?Extra closets. 12?Modern bath reached by 2 entrances. 1.3?Glass towel holder. 14?Nickel linen rack. 15?Combination glass and toothbrush nickel case. 16?Medicine cabinet. 17?Automatic lighting switches. IS?Sanitary glass hardware. 19?Window curtains to every win dow. 20?Bedrooms fitted with artistic window drapery, only seen In costly homes. 21?Newly designed electric fixtures. 22?Hard wood trim throughout 23?Sleeping porches. 24?On finished street. 25?Built by union day's labor. Take Any 9th Street Car to Columbia Road, Walk One Square East OPEN DAILY AND SUNDAY UNTIL 9 P.M. Phillips sS^Ep I I I Phillips & Sager, 715 14th St. N.W. ????BE Just Look at the Figures! | Then inspect the homes?note the many attractive features* Compare with others, then you will readily || understand why we say "They are the best home bay in the city" $ On One of the Widest Avenues in the Northwest Everything a Home Should Be. Exhibit Home, 3620 New Hampshire Avenue. ? Features You WiO Admire. 6 Rooms and Bath?20 Feet Wide Price, $4,375 Terms Attractive to Any Home seeker N. L. SANSBURY CO. 721 13th St. N.W. Exclusive Agents. * Raul's Addition To the City of Washington. "Not a Suburb, But a Part of the City Itself." Your Home and Your Neighbors have everything to do with the character and appearance of your neighborhood. All the Homes in this Addition are DETACHED?the class of residences are protected in the purchase of the land. The location is unsurpassed, adjoins the National Park, on a high elevation, commanding extensive views. Every convenience of the city. Unexcelled car service. Is it not better to buy a home whose future is assured, and when you know the class of residences that will sur round yours? Visit the Addition and inspect the many attractive homes we are offering for sale. Eight and nine rooms and bath, and contain every feature known to modern home construction. .Natural building sites, you can select a lot and build a home to meet your particular requirements. PRICES REASONABLE. TERMS ACCOMMODATING. N. L. SANSBURY CO. Exclusive Agents. 721.13th St. N.W. An Attractive Furnished House Is now ready for your inspection at the meeting of the prominent thoroughfares Columbia Road and Sixteenth Street Every-Feature ^ The Home to be Found J ^p0t in Any Home 1 ^ 1 1 Beautiful Anywhere 'Jljjj| Washington Exhibit Home Open?Lighted IT BISI WQl Prices Evenings ^ $7,250 Up 9 Rooms and 2 Baths 8 Rooms and Bath Lewis E. Breuninger, Owner and Builder, N. L. SANSBURY CO. Exclusive Agents. 7" 13th St. N.W. i See If You Can Equal This f \ Either from a standpoint ? of design, quality of ma il terials, construction, fin \ ish or price. The terms are as attractive as the homes. To be appreciated they should be inspected. The Prettiest Spot ON CAPITOL HILL. 6 Rooms, Bath and Attic ^Prices $5,150 to j Terms You Will Admire Exhibit Home Open K Lighted Evenings \ 416 7th Street N.E. KENNEDY BROS., INC., N. L. SANSBURY CO. ' Owners and Builders. Exclusive Agents, 721 13th St. N.W.