This week, readers visited Brick Underground for advice on the best ways to get your landlord to fix things in your apartment, including putting your request in writing and calling 311 if you've exhausted all options and your landlord still hasn't done the job.
Also of interest: A story about a NYC housing lottery winner who applied many times over five years until she won a brand-new studio in Long Island City. She shares how she discovered the lottery, what the process was like, and how she feels about the unexpected culture clash in her new building.
Here, in full, are the week’s top stories.
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The pros and cons of rent-to-own in NYC
The 7 best ways to get your landlord to fix stuff in your apartment
The 3 best websites for buying a co-op or condo apartment (or entire brownstone) in NYC
Rents are up in Manhattan and Brooklyn (again), thanks to reluctant buyers
I won a $908 studio in Long Island City in NYC's housing lottery, but I didn't count on the culture shock
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