Landing a rent-stabilized apartment has long been a way to make living in New York City much more affordable.
That’s because rent increases for these apartments are capped by the Rent Guidelines Board. The current limit is 3.25 percent for one-year leases and 5 percent for two-year leases. You’re also guaranteed a lease renewal, and you can’t be kicked out as long as you pay your rent and don’t break the rules of your lease. (That's a big contrast with market-rate apartments, where landlords can hike rents as much as they want or opt not to renew your lease for no reason.)
How can you find one of these coveted apartments? It can be tricky. The easiest way is a keyword search on listing sites like StreetEasy. There are about 228 rent-stabilized apartments across on StreetEasy now, with the most options in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. You can also apply for rent-stabilized apartments via NYC Housing Connect.
To kick off your search, check out these rent-stabilized one bedrooms in Washington Heights, Ditmars-Steinway, South Harlem, Crown Heights, and Yorkville for $2,500 or less a month.
473 West 158th St., #56, Washington Heights
This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $1,677. Apartment #56 has hardwood floors, high ceilings, ceiling fans, and an eat-in kitchen. The building has a live-in super and laundry room. Roger Morris Park and the 155th Street subway station are nearby.
21-62 Crescent St., #A8, Ditmars-Steinway
This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,075. It has moldings, hardwood floors, white appliances, a breakfast bar, exposed brick, and several closets. The building has a live-in super and laundry room. St. John’s Preparatory School and Astoria Park are nearby.
6 East 116th St., #23, South Harlem
This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,250. The apartment has oversized windows, moldings, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, and large closets. Amenities include a courtyard and laundry room. Marcus Garvey Park is nearby.
959 Park Pl., #5F, Crown Heights
This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,300. It has a breakfast bar, hardwood floors, millwork, two closets, and high ceilings. The building has a live-in super. Brower Park and Brooklyn Children’s Museum are nearby.
239 East 80th St., #2D, Yorkville
This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,500. Apartment #2D features hardwood floors, four closets, white appliances, and several closets. The building has a live-in super. Yorkville Library is nearby.
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