If you've got $3,200 a month to spend on rent, we've got some good news. You can find quite a lot in NYC for that price tag (especially if you're willing to venture outside Manhattan). From a luxury studio (just under $3,200) to a four-bedroom duplex (with lots in between) here is a sampling of what's available across four of NYC's boroughs--Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Q. My wife and I have rented a condo for nearly two years as good tenants. We are expecting our first child at the end of January so decided we needed to move into a larger space before the baby is born. We move December 20th, but our lease does not expire until the end of February. The owner has a two-month security deposit and December’s rent has been paid.
When we informed the landlord of our intention at the beginning of November, we assumed that given the highly desirable location on the Upper West Side coupled with a very affordable price, we would be given the green light to quickly re-rent the apartment to new tenants, as our lease stipulates is an option to mitigate our financial responsibility. Instead, the landlord seems to have decided against re-renting the unit at all and will pursue a sale of the condo.
“Everyone’s talking about how Queens is the new Brooklyn. I’d like to invest in a place there. Preferably a 2-bedroom for less than a million in a desirable (and getting more desirable) neighborhood. Any ideas?”
WHO: Ladies, please form an orderly line, and fathers, lock up your daughters. After searching high and low, actor, heartthrob and serial modelizer Leonardo DiCaprio finally committed to a home in our fair city.
In this edition of Take It or Leave It, our longtime renters consider the virtues and vices of a no-fee 3-bedroom/1.5-bathroom Brooklyn duplex with a private terrace. As always, our panelists—who have a collective 43 years of rental experience—are RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter.
Q. I inadvertently left my stove on for an extended period of time and gas leaked. It was not until my neighbors and the super came by that I was aroused and turned it off. Can my co-op kick me out of the building for this? What other legal ramifications might I face?
A. You can relax--at least for now, say our experts.
If your holiday shopping budget is getting a bit out of control, and there's not likely to be much money left over to pay a broker’s fee when it's time to move, you might want to check out the many no-fee and low-fee places to be had at Naked Apartments. Get a load of these spaces—which call for fees of 0-9% of a year’s rent instead of the usual 12-15%—here in our Low Fee Rental Roundup or head on over to Naked Apartments and search by “no fee” or “low-fee.”
It’s holiday tipping season, and in the process of updating our annual holiday tipping guide, BrickUnderground took to the streets, talking to doormen across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens about this oh-so-profitable wonderful time of year.
Specifically, we asked about their best tips ever, how much they expect this year, what they think is a fair tip, the best alternatives to cash and much more.
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