We already know that co-ops and condos are legally obligated to accommodate residents who need service animals, regardless of the building's pet policy, but what if the animal's service to the owner involves a whole lot of barking? Well, it may get a bit more complicated.
This is the problem at the center of a lawsuit in an Upper East Side co-op, where one family is facing eviction over a dog they say helps with their daughter's rare medical condition—mast cell activation syndrome, in which patients experience "unpredictable changes in blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and bouts of dizziness," the New York Daily News reports. Though the Woodards didn't purchase Olivia specifically as a service animal, the bearded collie apparently has an uncanny sense for when their daughter's blood pressure is about to spike. “You see it once and you think it’s a coincidence, but then it happens again and again," Andrew Woodard told the Daily News of their dog's unique abilities.
If you're planning to throw your lease out the window, some reasons are better than others.
It’s the kind of dilemma that plagues renters in a pricey city like New York: a plum job on the West Coast lands in your lap, but you’ve still got time left on your lease. You can’t miss the opportunity, but you definitely can’t foot the bill for those extra months of rent.
Well, you’re not alone. It turns out that most people who are breaking their leases are doing it because of their jobs, at least among users of Leasebreak, a listings website for short- to mid-term rentals.
We're of the mind that there's a lot to be learned from stock images—women love laughing alone with salads, strainers don't actually look too bad when worn as hats—and the apartment search is no exception. From what to look for in a broker (hint: a goatee) to packing best practices, we've consulted the wide world of stock photos for helpful visual demonstrations of every step of the apartment search. Think of it as a teachable moment.
In the market for a rental that doesn't come with a sky-high broker's fee attached? Head over to Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with broker’s fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We've rounded up current options in all five boroughs and in a variety of price ranges, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more.
At 56 Leonard in Tribeca, sales started in February 2013, and only two apartments are left. The developers expect to start closings next summer, says a broker on the marketing team.
In the new development world, buying a condo early in its sales cycle will likely get you the lowest prices. But just because the early bird supposedly gets the worm doesn't mean it's the best one. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to make your purchase after other buyers have already staked their claim. Here's why.
UPPER WEST SIDE, MANHATTAN: 1-bed, 1-bath co-op at 127 West 96th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus). $569,000 + $938/mo maintenance charges.
Last week, Brooklyn blog BK to the Fullest touted a $565,000 Vanderbilt Avenue apartment as "the most affordable two-bedroom in Prospect Heights," and it got us to wondering what else is available across the city in this price range. Unsurprisingly, you'll be mostly limited to one-bedrooms in Manhattan (and in general, more co-op options than condo), but offerings expand significantly once you head uptown and to the outer boroughs.
Less is more when it comes to decorating a small apartment
On the one hand, the small size of most New York City apartments makes decorating a fairly manageable endeavor. On the other hand, making the most of a small space requires a certain amount of design savvy. Here, according to Apartment Therapy, are the top mistakes to avoid when putting together a tiny apartment.
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