The City Room blogger at The New York Times Online has been doing us all a public service. Kudos to her. She started asking what kinds of controversial demands New York City landlords make on renters, particularly those renters that need a guarantor.
It doesn\'t take much these days to find oneself strapped for cash. But with a little creativity and knowhow, even renters can use their homes as a means of income.
The key to finding the right NYC apartment is... not your broker, not the free websites, not even having lots of money (although that helps). The key to finding the right apartment is both obvious and hidden inside you.
Having sat on both sides of the table--I personally have rented three apartments in three years, so I understand what a colossal pain finding a place in Manhattan is--I’ve learned a thing or two about how to go about securing the best apartment on the best terms.
Apartment hunting in New York City is not easy, and Department of Buildings officials warn that some spaces that sound like good deals may actually be illegal apartments.
\"Unfortunately, a lot of New York City landlords are used to doing the cheapest fix or repair possible and when it comes to exterminating bed bugs, that’s just not going to work,\"
The form, the DBB-N, or Notice to Tenant: Disclosure of Bedbug Infestation history, is to be signed by a landlord and a new tenant when a lease is prepared, giving tenants a last chance to back out.
There are simple steps you may take to start conserving energy in your home, such as replacing your incandescent lighting in the room you use the most with compact flourescent one.
Here\'s our action plan for keeping your neighbor\'s bed bugs out:
doing surveillance for a landlord who suspects illegal sublets and other practices being used to get around lease requirements.
Newly listed on 8/8/10. This one\'s a bargain. Air conditioned, washer/dryer in the apartment, and a private back yard. One short block from Carl Shurz Park and Gracie Mansion.
I thought this would be of interest to all of you apartment renters. This is what renting looks like from the landlord\'s point of view. There is information in this article that can help you get the apartment you want and not be rejected because you\'re acting like a \"jerk\".
Even if you are the one doing the suing, you could still lose on a technicality because you don\'t know what you are doing, and end up getting your credit trashed by having a judgment on it.
Eight Irish students were scammed out of thousands of dollars after being told a luxurious loft apartment was available to them for summer rental in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Tenant leaders are pushing for the passage of a series of pro-tenant bills, including a full repeal of vacancy decontrol...
A provision in the bill would give prospective renters access to a free copy of the credit score that a landlord or broker used to evaluate their application...
Apartment renters in New York City beware! The City is aggressively enforcing long existing but widely ignored codes prohibiting temporary walls.
Landlords are leery of tenants who have been evicted, because the assumption is that you won’t pay rent or you’ll damage the apartment. But, it’s not impossible to rent with an eviction record.
Legislation that would require landlords to inform prospective tenants of bedbug infestations passed in the Senate early Thursday afternoon and in the Assembly a few hours later.
So when Donald W. Reilly, a former Marine, returned home from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with a beagle puppy, several of his neighbors were surprised.
In December, I signed a lease for a new apartment. The owner wasn’t present, and the agent didn’t provide a copy, but he said the owner would give me a signed copy after I moved in. The owner did, but only after he crossed out the line that read, “Heat and hot water are included”
Mr. Paterson submitted to lawmakers a plan to amend and extend the state\'s rent laws, which are set to expire next June. In addition to extending regulations another eight years, the bills would make it more difficult for landlords to charge higher market-rate rents, lifting the destabilization rent threshold to $3,000 a month from $2,000.
And despite such a statist boon, this ungrateful tenant is still unhappy. While his landlord renovates other apartments, for obvious reasons, he will not renovate Burke’s apartment.
I know that a landlord can recover a stabilized apartment for his personal use, but can a landlord refuse to renew a stabilized lease because he intends to use the apartment “in connection with his business”?
What\'s wrong with this picture? Even in 1977, $65 a month was cheap. But $288 in 2010? That\'s insane. The plot get better.
The Democratic Assembly used to blame Republicans who made no secret about their distaste for rent regulation laws. But last year, for the first time in more than 40 years, Democrats took control of the state senate. Assembly members and housing advocates thought there would finally be some action on housing bills, which they believed would keep the city’s housing
Craigslist is so popular that criminals, identity thieves, email spammers and others are exploiting apartment hunters, by listing scam apartment listings. Know the signs, and move on to another listing if you come across one.
Finding your right apartment can be a stressful experience and there is a good reason for that: not only that the process might leave you frustrated but it also require much of your time. It might leave you disappointed, overwhelmed or even desperate. If you want your search to be effective as possible, you need to try your best to keep your nerves together and do your best not to stress out.
Recently the garage door of the home I rent got stuck and I couldn’t get my car out of the garage to get to work. I missed part of my job and I asked my landlord to reimburse me for lost wages. She said she doesn’t have to. Is that true? I work on an hourly salary, so I wanted to bill her for the lost hours.
How and when must a rental tenant agree to show their occupied apartment when the owner of the apartment wants to sell?
The Voice has been doing an outstanding service to the city\'s renters year after year by pointing out the worst of the worst landlords. Except we don\'t agree with all of there picks. But let\'s face it. There are at least a dozen ways to slice and dice your criteria, and everyone will come up with a different list of the worst.
All of their possessions — clothes, furniture, everything — were ruined by the water or the resulting mold. Is the landlord responsible for replacing these items?
It\'s in an 1837 landmark townhouse on Washington Square North and it\'s a rental. The current tenant has been there 35 years. Oh, the problems some tenants have.
Landlords in New York cannot evict tenants without court intervention, and that the only way to recover the apartment is to start an eviction proceeding in New York City Housing Court against the tenants.
Landlords used to be able to legally discriminate against renting to lawyers. Those days are just about over - except in co-ops and condos.
Landlord scams can be avoided by never handing over cash or making a wire transfer to a stranger. If you must make an immediate payment, do it by check.
Rent stabilized leases can be deregulated only under specific conditions.
Thanks to the New York Times for this always needed advice: How to Get a Security Deposit Back From a Landlord By JENNIFER SARANOW SCHULTZ Given the state of the economy, there’s no shortage of stories about debt-saddled landlords delaying repayment of security deposits. Take mine. After moving to...Read more
We in the Listings Dept at RDNY.com always ask for clarification when someone tells us an apartment has been renovated. We think it’s an over-used term but we have to take the landlord’s word if he/she tells us they renovated a unit. I think we should ask when the unit...Read more
When you’re walking through an apartment and thinking Can I live here? it’s easy to let your emotions make your decision. It’s easy to be distracted and not notice the details, and you might rush into a bad relationship. My Ma always said Rent in haste, repent at leisure. RDNY.com...Read more