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litilm: There don't look to be any units for rent in this building: http://streeteasy.com/building/1280-myrtle-avenue-brooklyn
Beware of this property. It is being rented by someone named Jason who claims to be a Broker working with Urban Realty (using Urban Realty stationary) but his license is under investigation and he doesn't work there. He scammed us out of a $500 deposit. While I can't say for sure the landlord is involved, she certainly seemed to know him well.
Communications are managed through someone that represents the landlord. You don't have direct access to the Super. So, it can be a bit difficult to get things fixed if you have that need.
Yankee Stadium doesn't care if corporate boxes are empty so long as they are paid for. Which is like a lot of new real estate in NYC. Of course the concessionaire doesn't make any money, neither do the local restaurants, shops, or the tax man.
Insane prices at the Prism. One bd apt start at $5100. If you are making $100k a year, you have no chance. $200k/salary is minimum, even then you are cutting coupons. Is this sustainable?
It reminds me of Yankee Stadium and their luxe boxes which were priced just for corporate companies. They became eyesores since they were always empty.
Big landlord or small landlord? For the most part, I think big landlords pay 1 month commission to the broker who brings them a tenant, i.e. No Fee building. Small landlords have their apartment sitting there empty earning no rent for an extra couple months waiting for the broker to find someone who will pay their commission which they charge to the tenant at an even higher rate, unless the owner is smart enough to lower the barriers to renting and pay the marketing commission themselves, i.e. it works out better for the owner to negotiate the 1 month commission directly with the broker when he gives the listing and then to pay it.
"I will list your apartment free to you because the tenant pays my fee, oh and the added benefit is that you know they are qualified because they can write a big check upfront that proves they can throw money away" is actually not in your interests.
At last, who pays the commission for a rental? The owner of the prospective tentant?
Yes, literally on W 63rd. Not related.
This is different from the building on Madison Avenue?
Does anyone have feedback on living at the Ashley at 400 West 63rd for a family? Thanks.
One Irving Realty and Site Realty (aka City Connections) are NOT the on site or exclusive agents for Zeckendorf Towers - they just happen to be agents that live in the building and run their business from their homes. There is NOT an on-site exclusive agent for the building. The condo management doesn't do rentals or sales in the building. MOST brokers charge a 15% fee - so 12% is a good savings. New leases must sign riders agreeing to no smoking (good) and no pets (sad) - condo management will be quick to issue fines if the rules are violated.
I lived in this building for two years and it was fine. Clean, decent staff, great location, nice fitness center, decent pool. I would be happy to live here again but was kind of priced out plus there aren't many (any?) 2brs to rent.
I love the bit about having to take the primary elevator up to the second lobby so you can access your tower elevator. Efficient, especially when you remember that you left your umbrella back in your apartment.
Still amazes me a building half filled with college students goes for what it does. I wonder if newer condos nearby will raise prices or make this look older by comparison.
Years. I remember in the 90's they had the scariest super... Already have another place lined up so I will be moving this year. Just heard from a neighbor that one of the "crew" said next month they'll put in new laundry machines and actually repair the broken cement and tile floor. The neighbor said the place is sort of cleaned now, at least better than they've ever seen it but I haven't looked down there recently -- too many loaded-up fly strips and dirt-filled rooms with G-d knows what in them.
Elsa, how long have you lived in the building? When is your next lease renewal?
As more comments come in from my neighbors I will add them here. The one previous is from a family with elders and babies in their apartment and they are probably moving now because of the rent going up. It's a coop so EDEL FAMILY (that's Ron) can jack it up to his heart's delight for most of the renters.
They clean up before open house, even lock up the elevator so u cant take out trash or do laundry down there u are out of luck. these landlord rotten they make trouble 4 u no matter what and nothing ever there fault is always your fault They are CHEEP not want to spend anything and the rents go up huge cos they can its a coop with one owner
The building is one of the coops that went bankrupt and got snapped up in the early 90's by Edelstein (5 Gems, Duncraggen and a host of other business names). It's no longer a true co-op, meaning Edelstein owns almost every unit so he calls all the shots. You get none of the amenities or good maintenance (or screened neighbors) of a coop, also none of the protections of rent stabilization.
So be prepared for poor and limited-English building staff (unlicensed), and for surprising rent increases at the whim of Edelstein. As it is, the building is priced at the very top of the market except for a few units which are in relatively worse condition. 4F is one.
The building has over 140 outstanding violations, go to the Department of Buildings and you'll see the list. That information is also online on other sales/rental websites. There's a big long history of serious violations going back years. Examples include leaks, bulging walls and ceilings, cracked toilets, mice-waterbugs-blowflies-rats and other vermin, and the latest is new tenants letting their dogs crap in the hallways. No heat or hot water is a weekly event. Water isn't the best quality either, and sometimes no water at all. Elevator is not reliable, there were a number of Fire Department visits this past winter to get trapped people out.
That's the short list. If repairs get done at all, they're usually done so badly it's worse than before. The office staff lies like a rug too. Renter beware.
don't move here. not even enough hot water for a bath... and insane electric bills
Sounds as if you're paying for electric heat. Ask the super whether the boiler in the cellar is for more than hot water.
I see now it is posted. There must be some glitches as many other tenants tried to post without success. What I wanted to say is that the building is not finished and all the tenants are facing many problems( water leaks, window that do not seal well, cold etc...) however the biggest problem is the electricity bill. It ranges from 300 USD(studio) to 900USD(2 bedrooms) and it has not been explained well why this happens. We do assume we are charged for something we are not using or our meters run in an unusual way. Do not move until this issue of the electricity has been solved as you would end up paying so much for not even using your apartment.. The rest is fine and it is a very nice building.
Why my comments and those of many others living in this building are not posted? this is not a transparent service.
always check the management company of any building you rent in.
Was this listed by a broker?
The annual increase in rent at this apartment is 12% or so, at least for me and my neighbors. Look at the rent history listed on this site for an idea. If you want to move here and stay more than a year, be prepared for the possibility of a steep hike in what you pay.
Were you in a ground floor apartment?
I lived here for 1 year. I did not renew bec of bugs and rodent issues. This building has rats and is not taken care of. The inside and outside is dirty and not kept up at all.
alanhart, you sure make it sound easy. So do you replace the gas pipes every 5 years, or ten years or ...
Or you can proactively stay on top of repairs and capital replacements before there's a leak. Do you think 100-year-old Silk Stocking District buildings shut down cooking gas, heat and hot water for 3-5 months?
Plus there are those mobile boilers that (I assume) can run off fuel tanks.
I own a couple of buildings that have had this issue. The nat gas pipes are over 70 years old in the majority of NYC buildings. They all go through a repiping at some point. When gas is smelled by the tenants, Con Ed comes and puts a red tag on the building. Landlords must then do a pressure test on the pipes to see if they are sound (these pressure tests almost always fail).
The issue is the entire process takes months even if the landlord is 100% on top of things. Finding a contractor who is skilled (and available) and then signing a contact takes time (it's not like every landlord has a guy with these skills sitting around on retainer), getting the permits from DOB, actually doing to work and getting access to all of the units, having Con Ed come and inspect (takes way longer than it should and is out of the landlord's control), sign offs from DOB (again takes longer than it should and is completely out of the landlords control), gaining access again and again from each tenant for the multiple inspections/sign offs etc etc. One tenant doesn't give access and Con Ed or DOB won't come back for a few weeks to reinspect etc etc.
Unfortunately it just takes a long time to do this work. I've seen it done in 3 months but 5 months is probably more common.
What neighborhood is this in?
Seems to be in line with the fact that the NY Times RE section doesn't even barely care about sales under $10 million.
$5000 plus per month for new construction one bedrooms. Some of the Equity Residential places especially. And they've shrunk too!
She's back with the support of the troll "alanhart ". It's 2015 and there's no need for stamps. There's no mention of her "missing" "truth ". The "Alanhart" troll is here to carry on his abusive comments about "truth" which only proves my point.
I will supply the stamps.
So she misses trUth? That makes one. Interesting. Udderly.
She didn't, as she claimed, let it go years ago. She's still here, complaining about it and she affected no change, only used these discussions to no good use other than her own. It's clearly a failure and those who continue to argue the case here ( to the ongoing boredom of us all) would get some satisfaction by printing out her posted comments and sending them to the managing partners at Kirkland and Ellis. They will tell her husband to shut her personal vendetta down and keep it off of Se discussions. She's now being judged by those comments and her nostalgia for the worst trolls, whom she claims " I miss ... Blah, blah blah...".
This has gotten more exciting than the thread where apt23 revealed that she called the police on her husband in an unlawful scheme to get the police to harass her neighbor.
Do prices and inventory tend to go up or down as we go through the Summer? Any difference between looking for something now for July versus for August? I'm looking for a family size unit in Lincoln Square area. Thank you.
Don't let the high rents fool you. This building is not a good place to live.
For more info:
Does anyone have any experience living here? How is the management? Any other general experiences are helpful.
My lease is up on June 29. Landlady wants to jack rent by 22% to $2800. I live in Murray Hill, mid-70s, 6 story building, no doorman, very basic, 1 "small" bdrm, 1 bath, 600 sqft. I think I can do better for her asking. Plus a little peeved since I've lived there for 11 years and biggest increase she ever sprang on me was 7.5%.
Been thinking about moving for a few years and want new dev furnishings ie central air/heat, modern kitchen/bath. Hoping for 600 sq ft. Saw a nice one in Astoria. $2875. Lots of amenities.
- floor to ceiling glass windows
- balcony, 50sq ft
- 600 sqft
bedroom 12.2 x 10.1
living room 14.3 x 11
kitchen 8.11 x 8.6
- central air/heating
- washer/dryer IN THE APT
- brand new countertops
- brand new deluxe appliances
- cheap parking (250/mth)
Trying to see what else is out there. I know Williamsburg is putting up a lot of new devs.
Appreciate any help.
Thinking about renting a unit in this building, facing the courtyard. Any one have any comments or complaints about the building or management? Thanks!
I like the tactic: change the subject twice while maintaining a friendly, non-defensive, and even encouraging tone.
BTW - You should try the same research experiment with postings by Inonada and w67th. A lot of similar similarities, and if I did not know Inonada in person, I would have thought they were one and the same. Carry on.
I told you I readily acknowledged the similarities, but I am not s/he. You need to link the Phillips Club thread. I joined SE in 2009 when I knew I was going to be in NY quite a bit over next few years. Ended up buying at Phillips Club in 2009, where, btw, we still own and love. Best guest bedroom in town. Neverending goodwill from friends and family who use our unit there regularly. I have zero problem owning anything I have ever said to anyone, anywhere, on the Internet or elsewhere.
"And although you and I don't agree on everything, I am pleased that at least we agree on there being no excuse for not paying debits knowingly incurred. "
about 16 months ago
Member since: Jan 2012
ignore this person
I like the idea of using buyer's broker that you like for purpose of not having to deal with seller's broker if for no other purpose. In our current rental, the owner/seller's broker was so annoying that I contemplated engaging buyer's broker mid-deal just to not have to deal with the seller's broker anymore.
3 days ago
Member since: Jan 2012
ignore this person
Yes, front_porch/ali was right on the mark. What I wanted did not exist on the rental market so I made significant compromises for the 3 years that we rented prior to buying. When I finally decided to buy, I would have used Ali had I been in New York consistently, but as time is always at a premium, adding a representative into the mix would have required coordinating schedules in a way that is simply not possible for me much of the time.
And then there's this thread started by New2Me asking about firing his? her? broker, finished by NYCNovice who flips the situation around and asks the broker how they protect themselves:
DO NOT RENT--OR DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK --discrimination based on disability and race --going back on verbal agreements --no heat & very little hot water --drains clog --oven doesn't work consistently --front door not secure and often jams,making it hard to exit the residence (fire hazard) --dishonest business dealings (unlawful withholding of security deposit) --constant harassment by property owner