Amenities: Gym; screening room which hosts Saturday morning cartoons, movie nights and artistic movie screenings; game room which includes ping pong, foosball, video games, and air hockey; communal spaces including office space; digital media lab; courtyard with wooden swings and deck; roof deck with dog run, bocce ball, communal graffiti wall, and urban garden. All amenities are included in the cost of rent.
Find out if you've got a litigious landlord on your hands with these tips.
In the last few months, there’s been a lot of talk about the so-called tenant blacklist, a collection of databases that landlords can access to get information on which renters have turned up in housing court.
It’s easy to see why they’d want this info—no one wants a tenant who’s repeatedly been sued for failing to pay the rent. If you’re a renter, however, the mere act of appearing in court—even if you’re the one who files the case and you win—is enough to get you on a blacklist and mess up your future chances of getting an apartment.
So we decided to turn the tables and give you the tools to determine whether your landlord frequents the courthouse, either as a plaintiff or a defendant. While the fact that a landlord's been in court before doesn't necessarily predict whether they'll sue you, a scan of housing court records can reveal clues to your landlord's past dealings with tenants.
If you've got $3,700 a month to spend on rent you can get a lot in New York, whether you're looking for a brick-laden loft or a smaller apartment with luxe details right in the middle of Manhattan's action. We've rounded up apartments currently on the market in your price range in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx if you're looking to make a move sooner rather than later.
Sure, it's mostly legalese--but some clauses in your lease deserve a closer look
It's tempting to skim over the pages and pages of fine print in a new lease, especially since most of it is probably boilerplate legalese. But before you sign on the dotted line, take a second look at the five items below. Not paying attention to these clauses could get you in trouble down the road.
Just because your bathroom is stuck in the 1970s doesn't mean you have to renovate
Mustard: great on hotdogs, not so great as a color scheme for your toilet, sink and bathtub. But if you’re selling, particularly with so few apartments on the market, is a more contemporary redo worth the money and hassle?
Quite possibly not, according to the New York Times, which tackled the issue in response to a seller’s question about renovating bathroom fixtures in a “very retro shade of mustard.”
Getting organized in a New York City apartment is a nightmare. No matter how much of a minimalist you are, there's never enough space, and once things fall into disarray, summoning the mental energy to whip your place into shape can feel impossible.
If this is how you leave your apartment, don't expect your landlord to return your deposit
Between the endless phone calls and the arguments, getting your security deposit back from a landlord can be one of the most frustrating parts of leaving a rental.
Legally speaking, renters are not obligated to pay for "normal wear and tear"—the scuffs and aging, known as "unavoidable deterioration," that are the inevitable result of living in an apartment. If you inflict damage on your place—think ripping a hole in the carpet, rather than merely wearing it down—you can kiss your security deposit (often a month's rent or more) goodbye.
But we all know that sometimes landlords will give you a break, and sometimes they'll hold your money hostage for seemingly inconsequential issues. We spoke to expertsto get the lowdown on what will truly cost you your deposit—and what most building owners will (or must) let slide.
The Real Estate Survival Guide for NYC Buyers, Sellers, Renters & Dwellers
As New York City's most popular and trusted source of real estate advice, BrickUnderground speaks directly to 200,000 monthly unique visitors seeking solutions to their NYC real-estate and aparment-dwelling needs. read more»