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5 NYC no-fee two bedrooms for rent under $3,000

By Austin Havens-Bowen | June 8, 2022 - 1:30PM

This Inwood no-fee two bedroom is listed for $2,400 with one and a half months free on a 12-month lease.

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If you’re looking to rent a two-bedroom apartment in New York City right now, you are probably shocked at how high rents are compared to last year. 

In Manhattan, the median rent for two bedrooms in April was $4,950, a 22.5 percent increase compared to April 2021, according to the Elliman Report. Listings dropped by 77.3 percent year over year in April, and you likely have fewer options to choose from now as well since it’s summer—the busiest time of year to move in NYC.

So how can you catch a break if you’re looking for an apartment this summer? One way to save money during the process is to look exclusively for a no-fee apartment, which can save you thousands of dollars, since a typical broker fee is 12 to 15 percent of the annual rent. No-fee apartments come in two varieties: when you rent directly from a landlord or management company, or when you find a landlord who is offering to pay the hefty fee for you. Where can you find these apartments? The easiest way is to use websites like Frele and StreetEasy. 

And sharing an apartment with a roommate is another time-tested way to pay less rent. To help with your apartment search, check out these five no-fee two bedrooms in Inwood, Flatbush, Bushwick, Rego Park, and Kew Gardens for less than $3,000 a month. 

254 Seaman Ave., #D7, Inwood 

This no-fee two bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,400 with one and a half months free on a 12-month lease. Apartment #D7 has stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, high ceilings, and several windows. The pet-friendly building has an elevator and laundry room. Photos are of a similar apartment according to the listing.

730 East 32nd St., #5C, Flatbush 

This no-fee two bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,650. It has oversized windows, recessed lighting, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, high ceilings, and a balcony. Amenities include a laundry room, parking, and bike storage. 

1191 Broadway, #3B, Bushwick 

This no-fee two bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,800. The apartment has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, an in-unit washer/dryer, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The building is pet friendly. Apartment is available for a July 1st move in. 

62-60 99th St., #1603C, Rego Park 

This no-fee two bedroom, two bath is listed for $2,900. Apartment #1603C features a balcony, hardwood floors, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops. Amenities include a doorman, concierge, storage, and a laundry room. 

82-72 Austin St., #72R, Kew Gardens

This no-fee two bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,926 with three months free on a 12-month lease. It has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, and three closets. The building is pet friendly. 

 

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. 

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