All renters know how it goes: Something breaks, you call your landlord and hope for the best. Sometimes, you see the repairman that very day. Other times, you wait and wait to get a call back. The worst is trying to make an appointment when you have to be at work.
So we asked New Yorkers, would you rather rent from a management company or from an individual?
Need a human connection I’m going to say individual. It’s just more personal. Your home is a sensitive thing. —Joshua, Bed-Stuy (pictured below)
Individuals are more invested My rental experiences with an individual owner has always been the best. These have usually been small buildings, and the owner takes personal pride in the space. —Dana, Bushwick
Individuals are reasonable I've always rented from individuals and it's always been, from anecdotal evidence, easier to deal with than a company. Individuals can be reasoned with if you need something done or you're a day or two late with the check. It just seems more personal. —Nell, Williamsburg
Depends on if they’re ‘cool’ Individual. Like say the cool owners live in the upstairs apartment. But if it's someone who owns properties all over and is never around, maybe a management company is better? —Jeff, Marine Park
Neither. Buy! You don't want to rent from anyone or anything ever in NYC if you can possibly avoid doing so, but if you do, try to do so from a nice individual. Or, save your money and buy! —Anne, Hell’s Kitchen
Verdict: Individual by a landslide
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