When my roommates and I unanimously decided that we were going to get a puppy, I started scouring the web for tips on pet ownership in New York City. As is usual on the Internet, what I found was a lot of disagreement. Angry residents were in uproar about their building becoming a dirty, noisy [...]
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With utilities, broker fees, moving costs, furnishing costs, and security deposits, moving into a new apartment costs much more than just the monthly rent. In order to help answer the question of how much to [...]
64% of NYC renters want smoke-free buildings, but they aren’t willing to pay for the luxury.
The most difficult part of New York City apartment hunting is getting started. I drifted towards anything that seemed like it would take steps out of my search because how was I supposed to know what I don’t know about? “No-fee” sounds like heaven with a hyphen.
Well, it’s almost junior year and that means that I will officially have the least preference in NYU’s housing placement (sophomores receive the highest, then seniors). It also means that if I stay in “on-campus” housing, I am likely to end up a significant distance away from campus while still paying exorbitant amounts. Lafayette Hall [...]
Irritated that so many apartments are advertised with stock photos? You’re not alone. When surveyed, 65% of renters on Naked Apartments said they find stock photos annoying. One renter voiced their frustration by writing in; “I never trust that they’re actually representative of the apartment and usually end up ignoring the listing.” Another renter wrote; [...]
Are you only searching no-fee apartments in order to save money? We’ll show you how to adjust your rent to account for a 15% broker’s fee. You’ll expand your apartment choices significantly, and spend the same as you would on a no-fee apartment. Why are there so few no-fee apartments? Two reasons: 1) It’s not [...]
Renters often become frustrated/irritated/angry when a broker witholds the exact address of a building. To understand why, renters need to understand the broker’s perspective. When a broker discloses the address of an apartment, there’s a chance the renter bypasses them in order to avoid paying a broker’s fee. Sidestepping the broker in this way does [...]
Totally paranoid about bed bugs when hunting for NYC apartments for rent? You’re not alone. It’s a common concern for many of our renters. You and your fellow renters really want to know which buildings have had an infestation, especially before you sign a 12 month lease. So how do you know? Ask! New York [...]
Before you start searching for your next apartment, you should know how much rent you can afford, or the income needed to get approved by a landlord. Rent to Income Landlords typically require that your annual income is at least 40 times the monthly rent. For example, if you and your roommate are looking at [...]