Equal access to solar power, city controller calls for cap on security deposits, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
July 16, 2018 - 11:00AM

The average New Yorker spends a hefty portion of their income covering the upfront costs of renting an apartment, according to a new report from the city controller's office, which is proposing a cap of one month’s rent for all one-year leases (amnewyork)

Don’t have room (or access) to put solar panels on your apartment building roof? You can tap into something called a community solar group (The New York Times)

Almost 17,000 NYCHA tenants are more than three months behind on their rent, representing a loss of $55.3 million. Many are protesting crumbling conditions in their apartments (New York Post)

It's back to school time for seniors, as in senior citizens, who are eschewing retirement communities for housing near college campus (The Real Deal via Bloomberg)

Oops! A co-op owner wasn't billed for his storage unit for eight years. What can the board do about the missing fees? (The New York Times)

Stylish picks for furniture and decor that are 25 percent off on Amazon, thanks to Prime Day (Apartment Therapy)





Jennifer White Karp

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Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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