If you’re looking to rent an apartment in New York City and want to avoid paying a broker fee—typically 12 to 15 percent of the annual rent but in today’s competitive market it can be even higher—you will want to check out brand new rental buildings, where you have a lot of no-fee options these days that will help you save up thousands upfront.
Right now there are 428 no-fee apartments in new rental developments listed on StreetEasy, and some are also offering several months of free rent, a concession that’s hard to come by now. You can find these apartments across NYC, but most are in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn and Queens. But of course since these are new apartments with lots of amenities, your rent will be higher than in a no-frills rental building.
What are the perks of a new development? Your place will most likely have central air, a dishwasher, in-unit laundry, and maybe even private outdoor space. Most of these buildings also have amenities like gyms, parking garages, co-working spaces, courtyards, roof decks, and doormen.
So if you’re looking to rent in a new development, here are five no-fee rentals that fit the bill in South Harlem, Jamaica, Crown Heights, Long Island City, and Greenpoint.
251 West 117th St., #4I, South Harlem
This no-fee studio is listed for $3,104 with one month free on a 12-month lease. It has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, oversized windows, central air, high ceilings, and a walk-in closet. The building has a doorman, live-in super, gym, courtyard, roof deck, and bike storage. Morningside Park and Harlem Tavern are nearby.
148-36 89th Ave., #3D, Jamaica
This no-fee two bedroom, two bath is listed for $3,150 with two months free on an 18-month lease. It has hardwood floors, oversized windows, high ceilings, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, a balcony, and central air. The building has a gym, bike room, laundry room, and parking for $300 a month. Rufus King Park and King Manor Museum are nearby.
1120 Saint Johns Pl., #507, Crown Heights
This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $3,575 with two months free on a 14-month lease. Apartment #507 features oversized windows, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, central air, and an in-unit washer and dryer. Amenities include a gym, bike storage, playroom, coworking space, roof deck, and parking. Boeuf & Bun and Brower Park are nearby.
45-57 Davis St., #822, Long Island City
This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $3,750. The apartment has stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, central air, and a balcony. The building has a gym, roof deck with grills, play room, an arcade, bike storage, and laundry room. MoMA PS1 and Yin Traditional Hot Pot are nearby.
1 Blue Slip, #29E, Greenpoint
This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $3,960. Apartment #29E has high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, and an in-unit washer and dryer. Amenities include parking, playroom, gym, and private event lounge. Greenpoint Playground and Eagle Trading Company are nearby.
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