A Renter’s Letter: Not Enough Apartments For Rent In Manhattan

A renter has written to us about his problems in finding a good Manhattan apartment rental. We have promised

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We suggested looking into Brooklyn apartments that will fit this renter’s budget.

not to use his name for this post. The problem is his budget. He’s come to RDNY.com because he knows he can save almost two month’s of rent by not having to pay a broker’s fee. But it looks more an more like Manhattan is off limits to renters with budgets up to $1,100 per month. We sympathize and have suggested he check out the Ft. Washington/Inwood area and the boroughs. He can find decent housing in the Bronx, Queens, or Brooklyn, but even there, his budget will put him in second tier neighborhoods. What concerns us is that students are having a harder and harder time finding a place in Manhattan. Manhattan, and all of NYC will lose out if young, bright students can’t live here any longer.

I have lived on the West Coast all of my life, but I think that it is time to make a change. I got accepted into a great performance arts school and I am looking for apartments for rent in Manhattan. I have not been having a lot of luck, and I am not exactly sure why.

The first few places I saw were well within my price range, but the quality of the apartments left a lot to be desired. I want a place that I can walk into and feel at home. I should not get the impression that bugs and rodents have as much of a say as I do about the way the place is

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There are many apartments for rent in Bronx that would fit this renter’s budget.

run. I saw one place that was so bad that I refused to even step all the way inside the apartment.

I know that this area is a lot more expensive than where I am from, but I hoped that I would have a lot better luck than I have had so far. I talked to my mom about it and she suggested I look for a roommate and then we can join together and look for Manhattan apartments. That seems like a plan, but I think I will do that after I have exhausted every other option that is available to me.

When I envisioned living in Manhattan, I thought I would live in one of those cool buildings made of glass that have a doorman. I wasn’t realistic when I told myself I could afford something like that. I may be able to one day, but I don’t think that will be any time soon.

I only have a couple of months before school starts, so I need to find Manhattan apartments for rent as soon as possible. I am flying out there next weekend and hopefully I find something then. If not, I will end up getting a realtor. If worse comes to worse I will take my mom’s suggestion and look into getting a roommate, but I want to avoid that option for as long as possible.

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Written by Lorenzo

Lorenzo has been hanging around the RDNY.com office for the past 24 years, and, in the process, has become the president of RDNY.com, Rent-Direct.com, and Acmelistings.com. His mission is to build RDNY.com into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before RDNY.com, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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