Renting in New York City is not like renting anywhere else.
“Why is that,” you ask?
Well… we’ll get to that in just a second, but first I want you to imagine something…
Imagine you’re standing in a cold, wet, dark two-hundred square foot room. The room reeks of mildew and there’s a constant drip coming from an unseen source. You take one step and the damaged, cracked wooden floor creaks loudly under your weight. You’re positive rats have made this place their home, even though you can’t see any… Your entire body is screaming, “GET ME OUTTA HERE!”, and just as you’re ready to b-line for the door, the property broker you came with says, “Don’t you love it? This is just under your budget!”
As crazy as this story sounds, many apartment hunting New Yorkers might relate to this.
Finding apartments in New York City that:
- a) Fit your budget
- b) Are available
- c) Will approve your application
- d) You actually want to live in
… Is proving harder, year after year. When you include the fact a broker is going to take around 15%, just for their services, you may be in for a real rollercoaster.
Is there any hope for someone looking to live in NYC?
To find an apartment in New York here’s a list of things you’ll need to do:
First, decide what criteria will be used in your final decision. For example, what noise levels can you handle? Do you have a pet? Who’s going to pay for utilities, you or the landlord? Do you want nice amenities, like a gym or pool? Do you want to be in a doorman building?
All of these factors play a part in how much you’re going to pay for your apartment.
Second, how are you going to go about finding an apartment in NYC? TheGuarantors recommends a tried-and-true method… the INTERNET!
For convenience, we’ve compiled some of the best apartment search sites below:
Finding apartments on these websites can save you time, effort and money. The key to using these sites effectively is utilizing their search tools to filter apartments that match what you’re looking for.
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