Buyer beware the smell of bleach, catching rats with Oreos, & more

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By Emily Myers  |
December 21, 2021 - 10:30AM


A real estate agent goes on TikTok to explain why you should be suspicious of a place with an overpowering smell of bleach (New York Post)

After a slow start, the number of applicants who received aid from the $27 million Ida relief fund for undocumented New Yorkers doubles (City Limits)

Property managers use a new rat trap that exploits the rodent's weakness for Oreo cookies (The New York Times)

New York ranks 11th on a list of places where households spend more than 10 percent of their annual income on energy bills (Next City)

A revamp of the city's homeless shelters relies on a landlord with a checkered history (The New York Times)

Passengers on the new MTA express bus complain about a lack of leg room (The City)


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Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She writes about issues ranging from market analysis and tenants' rights to the intricacies of buying and selling condos and co-ops. As host of the Brick Underground podcast, she has earned four silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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