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Why a board can't say no to an emotional support pet, workarounds for landlords' income requirements, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
October 11, 2019 - 3:00PM

This week, readers looked to us for advice on living with a pet in NYC, with an article on balancing a co-op building’s no-pet policy with a buyer who relies on a comfort pet, and a piece on pet fees for renters.

Also of interest: NYC landlords typically want renters that earn 40 to 45 times the monthly rent. In the past, you could put down a larger security deposit, but that’s no longer a legal option. But there are other ways you can get around NYC’s steep income requirements for renting.

Here, in full, are the week’s top stories.

1) I'm on the board of a co-op building that doesn't allow pets. Can we turn down a buyer because they have an emotional support animal?

2) Ways to get around NYC's steep income requirements for renting, now that a larger deposit is not an option

3) The 3 best websites for buying a co-op or condo apartment (or entire brownstone) in NYC

4) How much are pet fees in NYC rentals? Do I have to pay 'pet rent'?

5) Here are the NYC apartments for sale with the deepest price chops in September

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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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