Landlords to pay broker fee, legal basement apartments, & more

By Emily Myers | February 6, 2020 - 11:00AM 

In a major shift, landlords who hire agents to find renters will have to cover the broker fee, according to a Department of State memo (The Real Deal)

The city wants to pave the way for homeowners to legally add apartments in basements, on garages, and even with backyard tiny houses (The City)

In a blow to fans of free parking on the Upper West Side, residents have voted to look at changing the way curbside space is used (Gothamist)

Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, and Williamsburg top a list of NYC neighborhoods where sellers currently have the upper hand (StreetEasy)

Madonna has pitched her $7.3 million Upper West Side co-op as the perfect royal residence for Meagan Markle and Prince Harry (New York Post)

An affordable housing lottery launched for 121 apartments at the mega development Essex Crossing, at 180 Broome St. on the Lower East Side (Bowery Boogie)

Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She studied journalism at the University of the Arts, London, and graduated with a MA Honors degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. As host of the Brick Underground podcast she has earned three awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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