"Trivialities such as white out on an application can get it dismissed," Brooklyn Brief reports, as can issues like incorrect credit scores or "two estranged partners both claiming their child as a dependent." Failing that, the site notes, "some residents might not even know how to apply for housing, or what the eligibility requirements are."
For around 50 cents a day, a basic renter’s insurance policy can be a financial lifesaver in case of fire or theft, as well as at least a dozen other situations that may befall you and/or your roommate…ranging from power surges that zap your appliances, to accidental flooding, entertainment mishaps and even lost luggage.
Avoid sharing a place with this guy—unless you're into a roommate who never leaves the couch and eats all your cheese
Finding a roommate would be so much easier if only baggage-laden people came with giant light-up signs above their heads: "Don't pick me! I will use your living room to host nightly EDM parties!" Or, "I'm allergic to paying rent!"
Alas, such signs don't exist. But there are ways to suss out if a potential roommate—whether a buddy from college or a virtual stranger off Craigslist—is bad news.
This gut-renovated duplex at 1444 Pacific Street in Crown Heights screams roommate apartment to us—it's got four full bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and is guarantor-friendly—and at $3,100, it's a rare chance to live in Brooklyn for less than $800 a month.
Get to know your friends VERY well before you go halvsies on a house.
It sounds, at first, as practical as it is idyllic: rather than resign yourself to renting for the rest of your life, simplybuy a brownstone with friends. Split the chores and the mortgage, get more bang for your buck, and create a community at the same time.
The idea isn't new: it dates back to the 1960s, when upwardly mobile couples or groups moved into Upper West Side brownstones, a la Mad Men's Peggy Olsen, and continued with the so-called "revival" of Park Slope in the 1980s.
Thinking of recreating life on the farm here in the urban jungle? Apparently you're not alone.More and more New Yorkers are keeping chickens in their backyards, DNAinfo reports. Apparently raising the birds in New York has its advantages, most notably getting the freshest organic eggs, as well as fertilizer for your garden.
People are frighteningly good at hiding their crazy, as anyone who's ever shared an apartment (or worse, a dorm room) can tell you. But that doesn't stop renters with rooms to fill from trying to weed out the bad seeds ahead of time. And while there are some things you can't rule out in your roommates, certain phrases seem to come up over and over in the postings, as any seasoned Craigslist hunter can tell you (and as a recent afternoon spent trolling its shared accommodations listings confirmed). Below, some of the most common tropes, and what they really mean.
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