Here's How To Get Through Peak Rental Season In NYC Alive

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In a city where more residents rent than own, we frequently focus on subjects important to renters.Some of us over here are, in fact, renters ourselves. And because now-through-September marks peak rental season in NYC, we’re dedicating this week’s SurvivalList roundup to the dark art of renting.

We’ll start with how to find the holy grail of NYC real estate–the no-fee apartment (beware that sometimes  “no fee” means “some fee” or “no fee under certain circumstances”)–as well as the 7 worst places to live in a building, some
insider tips on renting, what to do if you can’t find a guarantor, and what’s going through the mind of that on-site rental agent.

In NYC, brokers can be a necessary part of renting, so we’ve got posts on how to spot a bad broker, and an Agent Referral Service to ensure you won’t wind up in the clutches of a scam artist.

On that note, here’s what a Craigslist scam looks like, as well as signs that an apartment is too good to be true. You may also want to familiarise yourself with the 8 things your landlord will never tell you and these 15 tips for first-time renters.

We even have a Rent Coach who offers advice just for renters (from the pitfalls of renting an illegal sublet toembarking on a rent-to-own situation) and one from a serial renter, covering topics from how to make a great impression on your future landlord to creating better roommate relations.

Once you find that dream apartment, you might need some help decoding that textbook-sized lease. Check out the 5 most unenforcable lease provisionssecurity deposit self-defence, and tips for negotiating your lease renewal (without breaking the bank). 

After you actually move in, you may have some more questions like, should you get renter’s insurance?
how can you squeeze more people into that one-bedroom? can your landlord make repairs when you’re not home? and do you have to give your creepy super a key to your apartment?  

Oh, and in case you were wondering whether your landlord can really force you renew your lease two months in advance–wayyyy before the new stuff hits the market–he can

We’ve answered them all. So go forth and find the perfect rental… and good luck. You’ll need it.

Help finding an apartment

  • Where to look for a no-fee apartment
  • grey area between “fee” and “no fee”
  • How an on-site rental agent thinks
  • How to spot a bad broker
  • How to find a good broker (through Brick’s Agent Referral Service of course)
  • 7 worst places to live in a building
  • Insider tips on renting
  • 15 lessons for first-time renters
  • 8 things your future landlord will never tell you
  • Signs that an apartment is too good to be true
  • Finding an apartment without bed bugs
  • Anatomy of a Craigslist scam
  • The perfect landlord letter of recommendation
  • How to get your landlord to like your dog
  • Advice from a Serial Renter
  • Advice from a Rent Coach
  • What to do if you can’t find a guarantor

Leases & landlords

  • Ups and downs of renting from a small landlord
  • 5 biggest unenforceable lease provisions
  • Security deposit self-defence
  • How to get your landlord to fix stuff
  • When you need to move on, sooner than expected- how to break a lease
  • How to negotiate your lease renewal
  • Do you really have to renew 2 months early?
  • 3 reasons you might not owe rent after all

Life as a tenant

  • Everything you need to know about renter’s insurance
  • Insider’s guide to temporary walls
  • Staying off the landlord blacklist
  • Can my landlord make repairs when I’m not home
  • Do I have to give my creepy super a key to my apartment?
  • Turning your apartment into a cash machine is mostly illegal

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