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Does anyone know if this area is safe? I know there is a code to to enter the building and I was told that a homeless person had the code and slept in the building this winter. I know there was a recent murder in Astoria park. I also was told that stuff in the building breaks and it takes a long time for them to get fixed.
To prospective tenants, be wary. The construction on this building has just begun and from what I heard from the tenants it will continue for up to a year. You will be living in a construction site both inside and out. The apartments are beautiful and well appointed but the cost doesn't justify the inconvenience and noise from street traffic, idling trucks and new development construction across the street.
Hi. Anyone at the Harmony able to tell me a bit about the noise level between floors? My last apartment had absolutely no concrete between the floors, so I couldn't just hear every footstep, I could hear every sneeze! Any info would be greatly appreciated.
This building is rent stabilized (tax abatement 421g through June 2017). All tenants are eligible for a lease under the stabilization code with limits on rent increases regardless of apartment price or tenant income. The new landlord has been distributing non-stabilized leases with exorbitant renewal rates (20-40% from what I've heard). If you are a current tenant that signed your inflated renewal, you can file a Rent Overcharge form RA89 with NYS division of Housing and Community Renewal to be reimbursed. If you haven't signed it, ask for a stabilized renewal. If you are looking at apartments in this building, be wary of the management and be aware that a 39 story building is being built adjacent to 50 Murray on Park Place (Park51) and another building will be built across Murray St. in the coming year. You might not want an apartment facing either of these areas.
We started with our rent at $3.7K in 2013, first year Lionshead increase rent by 5%, now Clipper Equity is asking for $4.6K/month. Who on earth do they think they are? The building is nice, but does NOT deserve such a high rent. For that price, you can get nicer and bigger apartments with way better amenities and in way less noisy neighborhood. On top of that, they are tearing down the whole building across the street, so it will be a construction zone. There's no way I'd pay $4.6K to live there.
Did I also mention it took the new property manager 5 days, over 10 emails, to schedule our move-out date? Not only they are stupidly greedy, they also have incompetent people working there to make everyone's life so much more difficult. We are out!
Clipper Equity is raising rents in the 30% range for apartments that are reasonably nice, but not in line with the luxury development in the neighborhood. Why they think they deserve the same $$$ is a mystery. The development of Park51 has started at the back of the building, so there is jackhammering from 9-5PM. there will be a new development across the street near W. B'way in the coming year so there will be more noise there. I think we are going to move since we can get nicer space for a little less money than the increase. I just loved the staff at 50 Murray for years, but it is changing.
We've lived in 50 Murray for 4 years and it's been such a wonderful place to live. The Super and Staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. However, the building was recently purchased by Clipper Equity and a lot of staff were either fired or have left. Clipper runs a lot of low income housing in Flat Bush and they frankly seem to be out of their league in this building. The staff coming in from Clipper are extremely rude and abrasive especially the woman who runs the Leasing office. They are incredibly hard to get a hold of, have raised the rents an insane amount, and yell at tenants. We moved out because it was just too much to handle. In addition, there is a ton of construction happening around the building on Park Place and Church street, it's very noisy early in the morning and late at nights even on the weekends! 50 Murray used to be the place to be, but frankly, the finishes aren't that nice compared to other buildings in the same price range and the new management company seems to be corrupt and in over their heads. A real shame!
The street noise is very noisy on the back side of the apartment building. They are building a four seasons at 99 church and it will be extremely loud until 2016 until they are finished.
Is this a "No Fee" apartment with a leasing office on-site; or does it go through a broker to whom you have to pay 1-2 months' of rent?
3rd week in July and still no gas in sight - dryers in the laundry room are finally back after several months out of service. Management seems unconcerned - particularly for renters...small reduction in rent does not even cover additional electric bill for appliances (appliances which we had to buy out of pocket.) Now the scaffolding is up outside again - which is an eyesore. Since we moved into the building just over 1.5 yrs ago there has been near constant noisy construction, lobby, floor renovations etc. with little that could be done - it's a very old building and there is always someone nearby doing loud renovations. Make sure if you are going to move in- if it's an un renovated floor to ask when they will be redoing your hallway or any other major apartment renovations nearby (above/ below as well); it will make your life miserable and then the rent will be jacked up the next term (if you rent). If you do not own this building also has a very unfriendly pet policy with no pets at all allowed for renters. We unfortunately did not realize this and were denied even the possibility of having a cat. Later found out that there was a very sad history in this building a few years back with a controversy over an existing condo owner with a large breed dog - he was allegedly harassed by the condo board and then decided to put the dog to sleep after not having a solution or someone to take the dog. He later committed suicide; very sad story. Anyway, a lot of unhappy people in the building based on the conversations I've had. Good location, nice front desk people, but the rest of these issues really have made life miserable in many ways for a building that otherwise would have had so much potential.
It's june now, there is still no gas. It's more likely to take 6 months total to have gas restored. Meanwhile, gas stove won't work and dryers on every floor don't work either.
Currently have no gas due to a leak they are fixing. Has been ongoing for 4 weeks and will likely continue for another 4 weeks until around July 2015. Just a warning if you're looking to move in.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have contacted the agent and reminded him and requested that he respond to all inquiries he receives. If you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com.
Is this for real? The agent is not returning texts or emails about it.
Does anyone have any new experience? Has the situation improved? Also curious in which way the residents were discriminated against?
horrible management and JUST horrible people. they are not like other equity residential buildings. they just want to get as much as money from you as possible. staff discriminated against couple of residents I know. Horrible service NOT worth the money you pay. Even though the finishes are good looks wise everything is very vulnerable and the quality is pretty low for what you pay.
TEN23 will be completed in January 2012
does anyone know when this is supposed to be finished?
This is the nature of this neighborhood.
I would never rent in a new development that isn't advertised by a reputable agency. It's clear that someone bought this building on the cheap from the developer during the recession and chopped up the units to squeeze in as many people as possible. They have no name or reputation to protect and clearly could care less about the building and its inhabitants. The residents in the building are giving as they got. You deserve a better building and yet I'm at a loss how anyone could be fooled at renting in that building or any of the other shell-corporation owned new development rat traps in the area.
Rent in my mother's basement can't be beat but Bburg is really tempting. I could give it a try, of course I'll have to leave before I turn 26 - I do have self respect.
As jelj13 said, the photos are a hoot. I like the leftover beer keg up on the roof.
It's a drunkard's dream. Note how the sofas are placed right next to the refrigerators, with the door opening to the couch rather than the counter.
This is Bburg, right?
Looking for someone to take over a lease from Sep 6, 2015 - Jan 31,2016. beautiful, new, luxury, doorman building, no fee, 1 bed 1 bath, W/D in unit, gym, rooftop, elevator. Net rent $3950/month. Email Shveta.firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
when you start a new lease the rent goes up by a vacancy increase. The current tenant could sublet to you, which they are legally allowed to do and the owner can charge you a sublet increase percentage. All of this is detailed in the rent stabilized guidelines detailed in the link provided by uptown joe
Not sure if lease assumptions are how it would work in a stabilized situation. More likely the landlord would want to end the existing lease and then have you sign a new one, called a 'vacancy lease,' because a vacancy means they get to bump up the legal rent by a big chunk (over and above the small annual increases).
They can choose to charge you less than the legal rent (your actual rent is called a preferential rent), but under current law the preferential rent is only in force until the next renewal, at which time the rent can be adjusted to any other number below the latest legal rent.
Read in depth at http://www.nycrgb.org.
I have a unique question - I am taking over the lease from someone who has to break it. She is paying $2,050 and advertised it as such. Now the management company is saying the new rent is actually $2,150. Are they any stipulations about this in NYC? This is a rent-stabilized building and I'm aware this is a unique case, but shouldn't I be able to take her rent and wait until her lease term is up until they raise the rent? Which is set by the city (1% for this year).
And don't forget to bake in capital gains taxes youll be liable for on surrender of long term lease.
Or keep it simple, and approach from the other direction. Go to three insurance companies and find out what it'd cost you today to buy an inflation-protected lifetime annuity whose first-year return would be what RS saved you last year.
Don't worry about the landlord's profit.
First, estimate how many more years you'd stay in the apartment if nothing changed. I.e., guess your life expectancy.
Then, estimate how much more per year it'd cost you to market-rent a comparable apartment.
Multiply (or calculate the present value of that income stream) and you've got a starting point for your negotiations.
At 220 CPS, each tenant got $1,500,000. The building was being demolished, so they'd have been gone eventually anyway. The money was the price for going quietly and not dragging the process out for years.
Low buy out proposed to selected group of long term tenants in UWS rent stabilized building. Landlord claimed not to be for condo conversion but to upgrade RS apts. to market rental rates. With RS vacancy allowance and minimal MCI this would be easy to achieve but a distance from the 2700.00 destabilization rate. Is the formula of the landlord profit per month when raised to market level times 4 years constitute a reasonable buy out number to consider?.....if this is indeed landlord intention.
I don't believe Caveat Emptor applies.
This Building is a nightmare! While the apartments appear nice upon for glance they are terribly constructed and the building landlord is corrupt...just search his name. Nothing get fixed including major leaks. It is common to have the buildings heat shut off for weeks at time in the middle of winter and the water shut off without notice for entire weekends. Do not be fooled by the "shiny object effect". Caveat Emptor.
>In return for building in a slum area,
Once again supporting my most frequent question.
It's funny, even the stock bathroom photo shows a crooked outlet.
In return for building in a slum area, the landlord's paying only $32,000 this year in property taxes, a $535,000 abatement.
The rents are stabilized, but they start at market rate, so it'll take a few decades before we can all complain about the fabulous deal the tenants are getting.
>The biggest problem with renting here is that whenever things go wrong, complaints will fall on deaf ears.
>The building staff is amazing.
> I heard gunshots outside last night.
On July 4th?
>The rent is too damn high for all these problems.
If the rent were lower, then crooked light switches, paint splattered on the fixtures, faulty outlets, broken cabinets, defective shades, bathroom sinks that aren't secured and waiting to fall, stinky laundry pipes that don't drain properly would all be ok?
Building looks great on the outside. The inside tells a different story. Construction was the biggest rush-job of all time. Crooked light switches, paint splattered on the fixtures, faulty outlets, broken cabinets, defective shades, bathroom sinks that aren't secured and waiting to fall, stinky laundry pipes that don't drain properly. The list goes on. The biggest problem with renting here is that whenever things go wrong, complaints will fall on deaf ears. The building management and ownership are just unprofessional, at best. Normally you would say: who cares, how often would we interact anyway? Wait until you move in and see the laundry list of problems. There have been 3 different building managers since this place opened last summer. The first two couldn't handle all the problems and complaints and quit.
To be fair, this building does have some pros. The building staff is amazing. Some units have nice outdoor spaces and views. The location is close to trains, however it is on what must be the loudest street in Boerum Hill: 3rd avenue. Every night you will hear dozens of sirens from firetrucks, police cars and ambulances. The extra-loud air-conditioners drown some of the noise (and all of your TV sound), but it is still noisy all night. Also, this part of Brooklyn is very sketchy. I heard gunshots outside last night. I wouldn't feel safe walking at night. Overall, I rate this place 1.5 stars out of 5. The rent is too damn high for all these problems.
Actually cash would be better if you could send to my PO Box. Email me at email@example.com and I'll give you the address. We'll take care of it from our office in Puerto Rico.
Haven't been in the rental market for a while. Put an app in on a place in Brooklyn and the brokerage agency is requesting I transfer $2,000 via Chase Quick Pay. They said they'll email me a receipt for the deposit. I've researched the agency extensively and find no negative reviews online. Is this common practice?
Can't trust all FRBO
Given the amount of FRBO junk you see on free sites (I'm looking at you, Craigslist), SE finds it easier to maintain the quality of their listings by weeding out those with no financial incentive toward honesty. You get what you pay for.
I'm not sure if I'm missing something, but I find it curious that StreetEasy charges $175 to list a for rent by owner, but as far as I can see if you're a broker a listing is free?
It would almost seem to me that the opposite would be the intuitive format. Encouraging FRBOs without broker fees would increase the range of options for people looking to rent. Or am I missing something?
>As an almost decade-long resident of Manattan,
As a former resident of the building, I advise anyone considering the building to perform some serious due diligence.
The Beekman Regent Condominium is absolutely fantastic. Warm, welcoming and elegant. It has one of the most courteous and respectful staffs that I've ever interacted with. As an almost decade-long resident of Manattan, I've had a plethora of experiences with building employees across the board. In my opinion, that is one of the top 3 considerations when choosing where you live. The concierge is respectful, attentive and organized. The doorman actually OPENS the door for you and assists with deliveries and taxi hailing. Whenever I walk in, he greets me with a smile on his face. To me that makes a profound difference. I sat in the lobby for over an hour to get a real feel for how the building operates, and my experience was very pleasant. The hallways, amenities and common areas are excellently maintained. As for the apartments themselves, the layouts are MUCH more generous than a lot of other condominiums. Dining rooms you can actually fit a table in and enjoy. As for the king-sized bedrooms, the advantages of that are implicit. By and large, the residences feel like homes and not cookie-cutter Manhattan apartments. The Townhouse and Loft units (for those who can afford them) are some of the most unique and creative apartments I’ve ever seen. I've been in buildings in the past that made me discouraged and disappointed. This is not one of them. I would recommend The Beekman Regent to any and all. Two thumbs up.
After 8 years, wonder what the OP's rent is.
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THIS RENTAL IS $4500!
STREETEASY is not updating the system properly.
You complain about the "horrendous" conditions, yet you stayed two years??? You are a moron and deserve what you get. It was a rental and you could have moved whenever you wanted, especially if the conditions were as "horrendous" as you stated. Have you ever heard of breach of contract? Yet another example of idiotic New Yorkers. God I'm proud to be a Californian!!!!!!!
Be wary of the management company - they were rude, disrespectful, and definitely unprofessional. Their upkeep of the building was absolutely horrendous and they seem to care very little their tenants; in particular health and safety. During our two years in this building, the heat was always a problem and at times, dangerous in the winter. The security of the building also came into question as the locking door mechanism was frequently broken, thus leaving us in a building without any secure entryway. Be very careful.