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New rules for the tenant blacklist, an obstacle for NYC co-op buyers, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
October 25, 2019 - 2:00PM

This week, readers visited Brick Underground to get a grasp on how the new rent law is impacting would-be co-op buyers. A limit on security deposits is being interpreted as also prohibiting co-ops from asking buyers without deep pockets to put months of maintenance fees in escrow.

Also of interest: A breakdown of what you should think about when buying a brownstone in New York City—you'll have to put much more time and energy into maintaining a brownstone than you would a co-op or condo. Consider yourself warned.

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

1) I won a $908 studio in Long Island City in NYC's housing lottery, but I didn't count on the culture shock

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

3) 5 things you really need to know about your NYC radiators

4) Co-op buyers can no longer put maintenance fees in escrow as a result of new rent laws

5) Buying a NYC brownstone? Here are 10 things to consider

And from this week’s sponsors:

Here’s how much it costs to gut renovate a 1,000-square-foot Upper West Side co-op [sponsored]

How to pick the best New York City suburb: Commute, taxes, lifestyle, and more [sponsored]


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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