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Alpine Hiker I would be grateful if you could say the exact brand of the "virtual doorman" system, as our building is shopping one. It is probably either: Virtual Doorman, Cyberdoorman, or Video Doorman. Thank you.
"Amenities" include a street door that never locks, has been wide open, day and night, for weeks; an elevator that rarely works, necessitating climbing 5 flights with packages, etc; a roof that leaks when it rains; a "virtual doorman" system that never works.
I have, it depends on the time of the year. They told me the termination fee was between 2 weeks and 2.5 months. Fee depends on time of year and amount left on the lease, (ie: this time of year could be on the high end, May/June closer to 2 weeks).
There is a lot we don't know here, so it's difficult to say. We don't know if you're using a standard lease or one written up casually, with unusual clauses, for example. But in general, remember a security deposit is to reimburse the landlord for damages you the tenant have created. No damages, no reduction in security deposit.
What I would do is talk to the property manager or landlord and tell them basically what you told us--that you want your security deposit back, or you will go to court to get it back.
My personal considered opinion on withholding any kind of monthly for your primary housing--that includes rent; maintenance in a co-op (which is just a fancy word for rent, btw); and common charges in a condo--is never do it. Keep paying up, and fight some other way. You can do yourself a lot of damage by not paying, so I would never unless a smart attorney told me to.
You are better off going to court, IMHO, and standing before a judge with nice clean hands. Also a nice clean credit report. It's not so hard or expensive for you to go to court, and you'd be surprised how responsive people can be to a notice when they know they're wrong.
Nobody wants to go to court (except me, and maybe you), so often just the seriousness of your request can cause checks to be magically written. This has even worked for me with art/music studio leases, which can be rather back-of-the-envelope documents that I really wouldn't want to take to court with me. [Some day I will learn to read contracts before I sign them.]
Anyway, good luck, I think you'll be fine.
I still haven't gotten my surrender agreement but the property manager has a new tenant to take over the lease starting next month. I was told by a broker that the property manager could keep my security deposit just because I ended my lease early, but I didn't see this in writing on my lease at all.
I am thinking of not paying last month's rent because I'm afraid I'm not going to get my security deposit back (from my extremely unresponsive property manager).
Any comments or advice is appreciated!
Glad to help. If you want to talk shop, feel free to contact me. I do all the tenant screenings for our properties.
@vslse65 thanks for your tips I will definitely follow your suggestion
Most will cover credit report, state & national criminal reports, evictions, prior address verification...
What exactly are you looking for?
Have you tried calling their references?
I would be happy to help. Please call at 646 262 4611 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I might be able to help (think we spoke before?). I'm the OM for my family's portfolio.
If you want to discuss, email me: email@example.com
Anyone recommend a small organisation who could look after small portfolio of condos. Liaise with brokers to find tenants, sort any problems with the tenants so the landlord doesn't have to get involved. For example sort leaky dishwasher, mend malfunctioning window. Communicate with difficult tenants etc etc.
What neighborhood is this in?
Check the firm at http://www.jacklesterlaw.com that represented the tenants at 220 CPS. Then tenants who jointly held out got a lot more than the ones the jumped early.
No I don't own here, though I wish had bought around the time this guy did.
Aboutready, this is Thanksgiving but you seem angry. Maybe try a nice bath.
Im signing my apt lease tomorrow. My application was approved, I just have to sign lease and pay check. But I was told I wont be getting the keys until the check is cleared. Is this right? Can I get the keys in the moment Im signing lease and paying check?
"For privacy, they sometimes raise the bedroom windows facing the corridor up near the ceiling."
For that lovely basement apartment-type feeling!
I looked at apartments at Skyview on the Hudson (Riverdale) and 100 W 94th St. They both have a central elevator bank with a large landing that is enclosed as in a traditional building. At Skyview, some apartments were accessible via the landing while others had the exterior corridor. 100 W 94th St has only exterior corridors. The housing projects in the East 90s next to the East River have a similar design to Skyview.
I asked about this from realtors and was given a variety of answers. The one that makes the most sense is that they can squeeze more apartments on a lot with exterior corridors since you don't have to worry about windowless rooms. Windows are at both ends of the apartment and the bathrooms, and sometimes kitchens, generally divide the two ends. Bathrooms and kitchens are not required to have windows.
Think about this as living in a "town house" with a front door that opens to the great outdoors.
I wasn't keen on these exterior corridors since people can look through your windows easily. For privacy, they sometimes raise the bedroom windows facing the corridor up near the ceiling.
Anyone can share any experiences with living here?
This building has an exterior corridor!!! Can you imagine taking your trash out in winter? Brrrrr...
What were they thinking?
not heat in this building do not rent
What a dump!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What's so difficult about the owner?
Very difficult owner. Avoid this apartment.
Avoid this apartment. Owner is very difficult. Won't return security deposit.
Ask to see his real estate license. What is the name of the company? What is the price and address of the apt?
You can search the Dept. of State site to confirm if a person is actually licensed.
Unfortunately, this is just the ways of the rental market in New York.
My friend and I are looking to rent an apartment in NYC and have been looking for only a couple days so far. I'm not currently in the city so my friend has been handling all of the interactions with the real estate brokers so far. Yesterday he came across a VERY nicely sized apartment for a VERY good price (If it's too good to be true...), and we were very excited about it. I'm a paranoid person so I wanted to do some research on who we were working with before handing them any information. What I found, to me, seemed extremely sketchy and makes me not want to work with these guys, but I don't want to screw my friend out of a potentially good apartment because I'm overly paranoid.
Here is everything that doesnt add up to me:
* The person my friend talked to first (we'll call him John) has a linkedin that I found. There, he claims to have gotten his BA in 2012, but on the FB page of a company he appears on linkedin to currently work for, claims to have had an MBA by December 2013. However, he is currently representing a DIFFERENT company as a broker, one he has written as having stopped working at 2 years ago on linkedin. My friend claims he seems like a nice enough guy, and from what I've stalked out of him, he does. The things he claims do not add up, however. I don't see how someone finished an MBA less than a year after finishing their BA. I looked at his school's program and it is definitely a 2 year program.
* Yelp reviews for the company he claims to work at are terrible. Very obvious shills providing 10 5 star reviews, probably some shills providing 1 star reviews, and a couple 1 star reviews that seem legitimate claiming them to be scammers and sleazeballs. They claim that the company lied to them about fees and refused to refund their "good faith deposit." Now yelp isn't exactly a trustworthy company either, but when a seemingly normal and active reviewer claims something like that I tend to listen. In another review, the owned claimed to know (cousins with) the guy who owned the building. He also just claimed to know the owner of the building we're looking at, supposedly a different building.
* The owner/lead broker of the "company" the broker my friend was talking with claims to have been in the Real Estate business in NYC for 17 years. From what I can tell, he has started at least 3 businesses during that time, all real estate, and all essentially the exact same business under a different name. Only one appears to be current, but one of the ones he claims has a complaint with the BBB (also a non-reputable company but none of the other company's under his name have complaints so I'm guessing this one is a real complaint). This company was claimed to have 35 employees at one point, but only has a recent facebook page with 1 like and no posts, and an empty twitter page with no tweets or followers. Generally I find that companies make at least some effort for online branding, but not only did he not try, it was impossible to find anything on this company that has been around for "almost 10" years. His website and forms (application/requirements) are, to me, blatantly unprofessional, rampant with misspelling and no branding of his company name whatsoever (in my eyes to avoid any connection to his "company").
* From one of the forms they sent us, they claim that once you are approved you have to submit first month's rent and a security deposit, but also that until leases are signed and they are paid, they will continue to accept all applications. From what my friend has told me, one of them is essentially telling him that we will be approved no problem and is implying he is the one doing the approval. Fair enough, but how are we supposed to be sure we won't start paying fees and then get fucked over by them accepting other applications as written in their policy?
Again, I am generally an overly cautious person. I have no experience with NYC, NYC real estate brokers, or anything of the like. My last experience with renting an apartment was in VA and everything was extremely clean and professional, no bullshit and direct from the building I was renting from. I understand that things are different in the city and I was hoping for some opinions from other people whether they thought this sounded like a normal interaction with a real estate broker. I am VERY uncomfortable giving this guy any information on me, ESPECIALLY my bank, balance, SSN, address, etc. To me, this screams like we're about to get scammed. Even if we get approved, I think they will shove some fees on us and then claim one of the other groups looking at the apartment got it first.
My friend does not think they have much to gain from scamming us and is willing to proceed.
What do you guys think? Sketchy brokers or normal small real estate firm trying to help us out? Should we run?
Are we talking "heckling" (name-calling, insults, etc.)? Really? Or was another word intended?
It means you may get heckled, and depending on the results of the foreclosure, you may not be offered a new lease by the new owners. Since it's in foreclosure (because somebody isn't paying the bills) the level of services may drop, and maintenance may be deferred, leading to increased mice, bugs, broken elevators, leaking roofs, safety issues, etc. etc. On the other hand, if the building generates a lot of income you may experience no problems, and the new owners may be dream landlords.
Depending on the level of 'heckling' you may have legal recourse.
I recently signed a lease with a management company that is in receivership for a building in foreclosure. I was warned by the company and by my broker that the owner of the building in foreclosure has been known to heckle some of the tenants in the building, and today I witnessed (and experienced it first-hand). I know I have a legal lease, but I'm curious as to what renting from a building in foreclosure means for me, and for the likelihood that I can continue to rent here after my lease is up.
Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Anyone else have a problem with cigarette smoke from neighbors?
Scam/Fraud Alert!!! I sent a message to the "owner" and received emails from someone purporting to be the owner living overseas. I was instructed to wire money to someone associated with Realtor.com. This apt is TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!!! So, I did some research & digging. Realtor.com is NOT associated with this property.
Any statistics on the broader non-regulated rental market?
Aboutready, even including the half degree that you own, I am more educated and credentialed than you are.
Question is if you can find a 2/2 in a good enough nabe at $5K today.
Of course you post under different names. You said you did. It's painfully obvious. And, it's pathetic.
of course you do.
What price? size? Type etc.?
Yes, rental, though I expect I might have to take a sublet until I have time to properly look for an apartment. I need a place for at least three months, but likely longer and looking into long term (as I will be looking for a more permanent employment). I'm looking for places in Brooklyn or Queens, since I expect Manhattan is too far out of my budget for now. I'm searching remotely from California, so nothing is set in stone yet, so I was wondering if this is still doable to find rental from so far away.
January 2015 or 2016?
As in a rental? You don't suggest what you are looking for, where, for how long, etc.