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Why I broke my lease, leaving Tennessee for NYC, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
August 11, 2023 - 12:30PM
Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn, New York


This week, readers were interested in a story about a renter who fled a very scary apartment building: The doors didn't lock and there was a break-in, for example. But the renter used her knowledge of New York rental law to get out of her lease without penalty.

Also of interest: A story of two married musicians who made their move back to NYC because Tennessee wasn't a good fit. They landed a three-story townhouse in Bushwick with a 400-square-foot backyard for $1.379 million.

Here are this week's top five posts:  

1) My NYC rental felt unsafe, but a squatter using the basement as a bathroom was the last straw

2) The 21 best questions to ask potential roommates to get the perfect match

3) Why we moved to NYC from Tennessee: We wanted to be back where we belong, socially and politically

4) Just like any other renters: How voucher holders should expect to be treated by NYC real estate agents

5) How to hire a cleaning service in NYC, plus tips for being a good client (trust us, it pays off)


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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