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How some tenants cut their rent in half, pandemic-proof your new lease, & more

Austin Havens-Bowen
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
April 10, 2020 - 12:30PM


This week, readers visited Brick Underground for stories on the challenges of making rent or leasing a new apartment during the pandemic. One story describes how a New Yorker organized the neighbors in his building and convinced their landlord to allow everyone to pay half their rent for the month of April.

Another article focused on how to protect yourself if you are leasing an apartment that you have not seen in person. It's a good idea to make some additions to your lease that address the condition of the apartment and cover you if your move is delayed. And if you are a current tenant worried about paying your rent, another article explains how you are protected from eviction now for non-payment.

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

1) I'm organizing my neighbors and negotiating with our landlord to pay half our rent

2) Signing a NYC apartment lease now? Consider asking the landlord to adjust some wording

3) Worried about paying rent? Read this before approaching your landlord

4) Here are the NYC apartments for sale with the deepest price chops in March

5) My apartment closing has been postponed. Should I try to cancel the deal?

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Austin Havens-Bowen

Austin Havens-Bowen


Austin Havens-Bowen is a writer and reporter. He previously covered 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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