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Getting to know your radiator, making sense of the tenant blacklist, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
October 23, 2020 - 2:30PM

This week, readers visited Brick Underground to brush up on living with NYC's clanking, hissing, and sometimes stone-cold radiators. We've got advice on what to do if you're not getting any heat—and what to do if you're getting too much. (Opening the window may work in a pinch but there are better solutions.)

Also of interest: A look into the New York City tenant blacklist. You should know that last year's changes to the rent laws now prohibit landlords from using housing court information to screen tenants.

Here, in full, are this week's most popular posts.

1) 6 things you really need to know about your NYC radiators

2) What is the tenant blacklist and how serious is being on it?

3) Heating 101: How to get a comfortable temperature in your NYC rental apartment

4) The 7 best ways to get your landlord to fix stuff in your apartment

5) StreetEasy launches tool for NYC owners to track their property values


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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