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Rent-to-own condo programs, dealing with a dripping AC, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
July 31, 2020 - 2:30PM

This week, readers visited Brick Underground to learn where to find new condo buildings that allow you to rent now and buy later. It's a small phenomenon that happens when luxury sales stall, and is coming back in the pandemic. There are at least five of these programs across the city, which allow renters to apply a portion or even all of their first-year rent toward the purchase price.

Also of interest: Does your neighbor's AC drip onto yours? Is the sound making you crazy? The easiest fix is on your end. Here are a few products that you can easily put on the top of your AC to muffle the sound so you can work from home or binge-watch Netflix in peace this summer.

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

1) I negotiated a lower rent when renewing my lease. Here’s how I did it

2) How much does moving to the suburbs cost vs. staying in NYC?

3) NYC rent-to-own condo programs gain momentum in the Covid era

4) My neighbor's dripping AC is driving me crazy. What can I do?

5) Rental demand plunges in Manhattan, jumps in some parts of Queens and Brooklyn


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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