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Ask this before signing a lease, moving from Williamsburg to Dumbo, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
January 14, 2022 - 1:30PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to brush up on the five most important questions renters should ask about a building before signing a lease. Renting an apartment in this city is expensive so it pays to ask about noise complaints, flooding, and how repairs are made before making a commitment. 

Also of interest: A corporate litigator moves from a Williamsburg rental to a Dumbo condo loft—after winning a bidding war.

Here are this week's top five posts:

1) 5 questions renters should ask about a NYC building before signing a lease

2) From Williamsburg to Dumbo: I moved so I could achieve my dream of owning a loft

3) 2022 NYC real estate forecast: Buyers look over their shoulders, sellers wait for prices to rise, renters catch a break

4) I rent a studio with an automated bed that drops down from the ceiling. My friends are impressed

5) Should you rent or buy in NYC in 2022?


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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