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Returning renters are 'frantic,' when WFH means leaving NYC, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
October 15, 2021 - 1:30PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to read how some renters returning to New York City are dealing with an extremely competitive rental market. One year later, they're facing bidding wars, higher rents, and fewer concessions. We have some tips if you're trying to find a rental now. 

Also of interest: More than half of New York City renters say they would leave the city if they could work remotely, according to a recent SpareRoom survey.

Here are this week's top five posts: 

1) One year later, renters are ‘frantic’ to return to NYC. Their old apartments are already too expensive

2) Survey finds over half of NYC renters would leave if they could WFH

3) When a pet friendly building isn’t friendly at all—and how to handle it

4) I lived in a Brooklyn Heights garden-floor apartment for nearly 20 years—it's not like living in a basement

5) What can I do about a noisy upstairs neighbor who won't cover her floors?


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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