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Who pays for new kitchen cabinets, when listings lose negotiability, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
February 3, 2023 - 3:30PM

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This week readers came to Brick Underground to find out if a landlord can charge a tenant a hefty bill for new kitchen cabinets. It's a highly unusual request for market-rate renters and that obligation would be spelled out in the lease. Rent-stabilized tenants can only be charged a fraction of the cost of upgrades and must agree to do so in writing.

Also of interest: A new report from UrbanDigs tracks the trajectory of pricing discounts and days on market.

Here are this week's top five posts: 

1) My cabinets are falling apart and my landlord says I'll owe a contractor $7,000 to fix them. What are my rights?

2) What ‘days on market’ really tells you about pricing, discounts, and negotiability

3) 11 things NYC landlords are required to provide, and 11 they’re not that might surprise you

4) From the UWS to Jackson Heights: Our rent was skyrocketing so we bought in a more affordable neighborhood

5) An insider's guide to finding a short-term, furnished apartment rental in NYC

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Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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