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Flutistic: Owning a house isn't always ideal. Several friends have had similar issues with neighbors and governing bodies; everything is just distanced a bit geographically.
it is completely disingenuous for "tenant advocates" to say that Airbnb makes buildings less safe when, at the same time, these same advocates support rent stabilized tenants taking in roommates without the landlord's permission. The issues are similar. Illegal roommates overcrowd units and can bring in unsafe sub-tenants yet this same anti-Airbnb lobby fights to protect this subletting (although it is illegal courts won't enforce these laws).
If Airbnb is outlawed then housing courts must start evicting tenants who overcrowd or rent to illegal sub letters.
Judge not NWT's self bad, lest ye be judged mad.
Agree totally with Kyle. I know some people prefer the freedom of a condo, and that's fine. Personally I like the idea of most of my neighbors being owners and not running the risk of an airbnb situation in the building. Our building is very well managed, the staff is great and I have had no reason to complain about the board which, reflecting a transition in the building, is becoming more inclusive of younger people (meaning ages 35-50, not college kids or recent grads).
Rock on with your bad self, nwt!
The building is listed 28 X 90 on streeteasy, that's 2,520 sf but the sale listing for the 3rd floor says 2,800 sf.
NOTE TO BROKERAGE COMMUNITY: Nobody has an exclusive with the 3rd floor listed for rent via OLR.
I have lived across the street in The Anthem for the last 2 years and looking to rent a 2BR/2BA in The Charleston. Please contact me with any availability.
I'm pregnant, moving to NYC with my husband. I'm looking for reputable buildings in Brooklyn - we like Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill. We're looking for a 2 bedroom apartment for <$4000...preferably with laundry ensuite. Any suggestions?
Just looking for recent reviews of the Addison in Brooklyn...especially concerned about management/pest maintenance?
Oddly I just published a post about this yesterday
I have lived a few no fee apartments as well as a few that I found through an agent. A am pretty sure there is no difference in quality. Usually no fee buildings are just the ones that are large enough to have their own rental office. So they tend to be the newer high-rise buildings, which are not usually the cheapest apartments around.
If you would prefer to save money on rent by going with an older walk-up building, that will be harder to find without a fee. Or if you are looking for something unusual / unique, that will also be harder to find as a no fee.
When I speak of "no fee" above, I am referring to cases where there is no agent involved at all. Though no fee can also refer to those where the broker fee is paid by the owner. In those cases, I would have to say yes, some of the fee does get passed on. Many people do not agree with this, but there is a lot of research out there showing it to be true. For example, http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~hbar-isa/brokerRES.pdf
If you are willing to put in the time and can deal with some frustration, you should be able to find a good no fee building.
Hi all - anyone have any experience with the quality of rental apartment you get with a broker vs a no-fee listing off CL/StreetEasy? Some say that if you have the time and patience to search, you can get a nice apartment off Craigslist. Others say that broker apartments are usually nicer and cheaper, as no fee listings usually build the fee into an inflated price anyway. Is there any truth to this? I live in DC, but am looking for a place i the East Village / LES area.
Thanks for any advice!
Can anyone let me know if there is laundry in the building? Some listings indicate laundry. Thank you.
Thank you, Michael.
Call the management and be nice, and remind them you have been a great tenant, and tell them the increase is getting out of your budget. be nice and not antagonistic. i have done it several times and its worked to some degree each time.
Thank you, Aaron
the rent goes up because the landlord things that either you, or another person, will pay it. If you leave they may renovate, further justifying the increased rent. You can try negotiating either to keep the same rent, or have only a minor increase. There are lots of other costs that have increased over the last year: real estate taxes, water, gas, and labor.
My lease is up 2/28/2015. I received the renewal lease form in the mail XMas eve. The increase is substantially higher than it has been in 5 years that I have been here.
My apartment is not renovated completely as the other apartments in my line that have recently rented for much lower. I am unsure if I want to call them and attempt to negotiate (I was hoping before receiving the renewal lease that ?maybe? my rent would stay the same), because I know that I am on the top of the rent chain for this bldg..
Any ideas or could anyone explain the huge jump in rent increase.
It sounds like the point is to pass on the information for anyone who is considering living in the building
And your point is????????
235 East 4th (56 Ave B) is generally a poorly maintained building which in 2014 experienced heating issues (often the heat didn't come on more than 30 minutes at time during the evnings) and numerous water leaks from units above. Management was generally responsive to addressing major issues though tenants did circulate a petition to begin a class action lawsuit in relation to heating issues.
After our first year we also did find the management company sought to raise the rate rent 17% though they were open to negotiation.
you should read your lease carefully. it sounds to me the landlord has the right to ask you to vacate by giving you 45 days notice if he is selling.
If not extortion, what would you call it? You've already indicated that you won't leave at the end of your lease, and have intentions to complicate the situation for the owner unless you are paid off because of some nonsense justification that you relied on non-existent representations when you signed the original lease.
Heck, if the landlord changes his mind and doesn't want to sell, he should still refuse to renew you.
After 10.5 months living in an apt, my landlord has decided to sell and wants us to leave at the end of our lease, in 45 days. I paid a hefty brokers fee and moving costs. Had i any inclination that there was even thought of a sale, i would not have rented. The broker confided in me that the landlord has been talking about selling for some time. This was not disclosed. Now the Landlord is accusing me of "extorting" money because i have asked for moving expenses. I do not plan on leaving on time . Any one have ideas about my options?
I love the scaffolding outside the front window, the taxis going by, and the weeds in the garden and the sealed-off fireplace in the BR.
If you move in here, your on your own as the super is impossible to get a hold of. beware.
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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
can't you give them a bank check and get the keys same day?
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?