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Covid questions for potential roomies, when your neighbor's stuff blocks the hallway, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
August 13, 2021 - 3:30PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to check out 21 questions you should ask potential roommates. In addition to asking about cleaning habits, what they do on the weekends, and how they plan to pay rent—you need to know whether you're on the same page about Covid safety precautions. Like it or not, you and someone you may not know very well could be quarantining together if one of you is exposed.

Also of interest: What you can do if your neighbor is taking over the hallway with their personal items like bikes and strollers. Most leases prohibit this but there are some exceptions.

Here are this week's top five post:

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

2) My neighbor has taken over our hallway with their stuff. What can I do?

3) Why I moved to NYC from Texoma: To trade small-town life for big opportunities

4) A guide to rental apps: StreetEasy, HotPads, Replay Listings, & more

5) 7 ways to get around a NYC landlord's 40X rent rule


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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