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More calls for a rent freeze, elevator etiquette during the pandemic, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
March 27, 2020 - 12:30PM

This week, readers visited Brick Underground to find out what New Yorkers can do if their lease is ending during the coronavirus pandemic. Owners are showing increased flexibility and allowing tenants to go month to month. That's important because while movers are still considered essential workers, some buildings have put the kibosh on moves.

Also of interest: How to approach elevator etiquette during the coronavirus pandemic. With social distancing in effect, many buildings are restricting two tenants to an elevator at a time, facing in opposite directions. It may take some getting used to but it's necessary in a confined space like an elevator.

Here, in full, are this week's most popular posts. 

1) What happens if your lease is up during the coronavirus pandemic?

2) New York renters hurt financially by coronavirus may get some relief

3) With layoffs soaring, calls increase for a NYC rent freeze

4) Three’s a crowd: Rethinking NYC elevator etiquette during the coronavirus pandemic

5) My roommate was exposed to the coronavirus. Do I need to be in quarantine too?


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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