Sick of having to answer your parents’ nosy questions about your love life at breakfast every morning? Move out already. See options with broker's fees from nada to 9% (versus the usual 12% to 15%) right here or head on over to rental website Naked Apartments and hunt by “no fee” or “low-fee” to see lots more.
Q: I bought an apartment in a brownstone on the Upper West Side, only to discover the walls are paper thin. Forget footsteps--I hear the neighbors watching the morning news, having sex and everything in between.
Was it the seller's obligation to disclose this issue? Do I have any legal recourse against them?
A: The best way to answer your question is with a Latin phrase: caveat emptor, or buyer beware. In New York City apartment sales, it’s the buyer who assumes the risks of the purchase, including the potential for noise transmission, our experts say.
Five New Yorkers share their home improvement dreams, which include carpet-free floors, less paint and a den. Girls (and boys) can dream.
Pet-friendly floors We have wall-to-wall carpeting in the bedroom, and I’m tired of it! Especially since we got a rescue dog a few years ago, it’s been tough to keep it clean and clean-looking. I’d love to get rid of it. But the landlord is too cheap to invest any kind of money into this apartment. I’d rip the carpet up myself, if only he’d pay to have the wood floor refinished! - Ken, Harlem
In Case You Missed It: Every so often, BrickUnderground digs through the archives to find the best advice our experts have shared through the years. Here are helpful tips from an on-site leasing agent, who spilled her secrets to BrickUnderground.
Large apartment buildings and new development rentals often have leasing agents at the property. Unlike a broker you'd hire, they work for the landlord to unload the building's units. Getting inside their heads can prove invaluable to securing an apartment at a deal of a price.
The freestanding soaking tub (click the image to expand) in this $32 million SoHo penthouse looks more like an art installation than a bathtub. Positioned under a skylight with 20-foot ceilings, this bathroom is positively droolworthy.
If closet is the operative word when describing your water closet, you will definitely be jealous of these cavernous bathrooms. Soaring ceilings with skylights, soaking tubs the size of Olympic pools and showers big enough for the entire varsity team: here's a sample of lavish lavatories in NYC.
This simple desk-and-chair set, from non-profit furniture company Unlocked, is perfect for do-gooders who also like functional furniture. The company raised funds on Indiegogo.
This simple desk-and-chair set from nonprofit furniture company Unlocked, which we found on crowd-funding site Indiegogo, is well-suited for space-starved, tool-less New Yorkers, as well as the do-gooders among us. For every set that's sold, one is donated to an impoverished school (think Toms for furniture).
And surpisingly, many of the features that make the sets workable for needy schools also make them attractive for New Yorkers.
Have $3,600 a month to spend on rent? From a studio apartment to a three-bedroom house (with plenty in between) here is a sampling of what's available to rent across four NYC boroughs--Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
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