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Dealing with a landlord, financing a pied-à-terre, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
November 12, 2021 - 1:30PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to learn what renters wish they knew about dealing with a landlord before they signed their lease. Some real-life tips include avoiding a building where the landlord also lives and learning when to pick your battles.

Also of interest: How to get financing for a pied-à-terre. You'll have to pass the reasonable test and might pay a higher rate compared to a primary residence.

Here are this week's top five posts: 

1) What NYC renters wish they knew about dealing with a landlord before they signed a lease

2) What you need to know about financing a pied-à-terre in NYC

3) Is the real estate calendar still relevant? Or are sellers done with waiting for spring and fall to list properties?

4) Can a NYC apartment building ban signs or flags in windows?

5) 9 of the 10 top sellers’ markets are in Brooklyn, StreetEasy says

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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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