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Judge sides with brokers on fees, apartments with the deepest price cuts, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
April 16, 2021 - 1:30PM

This week, readers visited Brick Underground to read about a judge's ruling on broker fees for brokers who are hired by landlords. The judge said that renters can be asked to pay those fees, however, with so many vacant apartments on the market, you'll find about a third of landlords continuing to cover those fees as a concession—at least for now.

Also of interest: The New York City apartments on the market with the biggest price cuts, according to RealtyHop's monthly report. The neighborhoods with the most cuts were all in Manhattan.

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

1) NYC renters can be asked to pay fees for brokers hired by landlords, a judge decides

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

3) Manhattan lease signings surged in March, but there are many empty apartments

4) I was asked to pay a 'good faith' deposit for a NYC rental. Is this a scam?

5) Co-op boards may have to explain why they rejected a buyer


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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