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Your Questions About Apartment Ads In New York

June 1, 2012

Steven asks…

Where in Queens or Long Island New York can I take my 2 cats and put them up for adoption?

I am unable to take them with me to my new apartment and must give them up. No one has responded to my ad to take them so I need to find a good humane shelter in Queens or Long Island.

Administrator answers:

Http://www.nycacc.org/contact.htm

They have locations in all the boroughs including Staten Island and Queens.

You basically just have to drop by, and pay a fee. You can call them up and find out the details for sure.

Good luck.

Carol asks…

is it safe to rent an apartment in Ny thru craiglist?

We are a family and want to spend New Year in New York, I’ve looked at some ads on apartments in NY and the price is awesome. Is it safe to rent and send money to a person you don’t know?

Administrator answers:

No

Helen asks…

New York Real Estate Law question:?

I am renting a coop apartment in Brooklyn. I signed a lease subject to board approval and was approved. The coop apartment was shown to me by a broker who often shows apartments in this building. At no time did I discuss a brokers’ fee with the broker. The apartment ad made no mention of a fee. We did not sign any kind of commission agreement. Now that I am approved, the broker is telling me that his fee is one month rent.

What are my rights? I understand that brokers can collect commissions without written agreements, but what is their duty to disclose their fee?

Administrator answers:

Where did this broker come from? And have you read the lease?
Heres a sight that goes state by state with your laws, maybe it can help you,
http://www.rentlaw.com/

Paul asks…

when an apartment ad says “Cable TV included,” what does that mean?

I live in Upstate New York and I often see “Standard Cable TV included” I’m wondering what that means, I’ve heard that it just means that the cable hookups are included so you don’t have to pay installation fees. I’m wondering how it works, do you just hookup the TV yourself and call to have it turned on? I’ve searched this a thousand times and have never found an answer to this. If you’ve had any past experiences with this, please share and if you have any knowledge, all information will be appreciated.

Administrator answers:

It means you will get the standard cable TV channels (not the extended digital or HD channels) included in your rent. You will not have to pay for this accoutrement.

Michael asks…

Living in New York City?

Ok so I currently live in California and really wanna get away from everything. I am about to graduate emt school and plan on working here for a year saving $6000 before I leave to new York. My brother works as an EMT ad makes $1300 a month. So I plan on making between $1200-$1300 a month. Living as a single male would I be able to afford a decent apartment in NY? How much a month would I be expecting to pay a month total for everything? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance
After readin the first answer I realized I should put some more detail…my lifestyle is very low maintenance. I spend about $150 a month in food here in California. I’m not planning on bringing my car. I don’t need a fancy place just a place to basically crash in-between shifts so most likely a room. I don’t watch tv. As long as I have space for a matters and space to do pushups then I’m good. I’m not a party person my idea of fun would be reading at the park.

Administrator answers:

You won’t survive on that salary unless you get a roommate, regardless of how low maintenance you are.

David asks…

What is up with New York rent prices? I think there’s something fishy behind this?

This is truly a f*cking mess, apart from the fact that loads of working people are in rooms or even homeless for having bad credit. These agencies are charging based on the racial demographic of certain neighborhoods. I would appreciate some answers from people who work in real estate.

I’ve noticed that ads for the same run down uptown buildings in harlem costs 1400 a month, which is insanely high to live in a 5th floor walk-up that honestly looks like sh!t… then they’ll go 20 blocks down to 103rd and have the balls to charge 2500 for the same apartment. Then you go to chelsea and you’re paying 1350 for a room in a loft? Are you kidding me?

It’s so sad that I make 85k+ a year and can’t find a decent place to live because these prices for pathetic amounts of space is hard for alot of people to swallow, whether they can afford it or not. Then I meet all these kids with rich real estate parents who are living in the middle of the village for free.

How long will this last?
My main reason for asking this is that I’ve been to Los Angeles and San Fransisco where rent prices are VERY high, but you aren’t forced to live in rat cages. A 1500 dollar apartment in San Fransisco is a nice place, expensive yes.. but worth it.
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and before people start talking about the other boros, it’s the same everywhere. If it’s a bad neighborhood they want 1100 for a 1BR to then hear sirens and fighting all night, or you can reat a 1000 dollar apartment in a house where you hear everything your neighbors do and have the lovely joy of a 1:15 hour communte every morining (the one thing you are trying to avoid by living in the city)
ta2crew – do me a favor, talk with your mouth pal ok? I’ve been a new yorker my whole life, I VISTED California a few times. Don’t get it twisted. I work damn hard for what I make, that’s why i’m complaining. I’m glad you’re so proud you’re a brooklynite, great job you did of saving your boro from hipsters. :)

Administrator answers:

Have you considered living outside the city? You could probably get a great place in another borough or maybe in parts of Jersey. I live up in Norwalk Ct. My wife commutes to the city everyday. Up here you could rent a nice two bedroom townhouse for 1500/month. I just dont think living in the city is worth it. Unless you are very rich. 200k plus.

No doubt NYC rent prices are insane. And as long as people are willing to shell out huge amounts fot tiny, pathetic apartments, the rent will continue to go up. We wont see a rent-drop until people start moving outside the city and commuting more. And with gas prices i dont see that happening anytime soon.

Ken asks…

what is up with New York rent prices? I think there’s something fishy behind this?

This is truly a f*cking mess, apart from the fact that loads of working people are in rooms or even homeless for having bad credit. These agencies are charging based on the racial demographic of certain neighborhoods. I would appreciate some answers from people who work in real estate.

I’ve noticed that ads for the same run down uptown buildings in harlem costs 1400 a month, which is insanely high to live in a 5th floor walk-up that honestly looks like sh!t… then they’ll go 20 blocks down to 103rd and have the balls to charge 2500 for the same apartment. Then you go to chelsea and you’re paying 1350 for a room in a loft? Are you kidding me?

It’s so sad that I make 85k+ a year and can’t find a decent place to live because these prices for pathetic amounts of space is hard for alot of people to swallow, whether they can afford it or not. Then I meet all these kids with rich real estate parents who are living in the middle of the village for free.

How long will this last?
My main reason for asking this is that I’ve been to Los Angeles and San Fransisco where rent prices are VERY high, but you aren’t forced to live in rat cages. A 1500 dollar apartment in San Fransisco is a nice place, expensive yes.. but worth it.
and before people start talking about the other boros, it’s the same everywhere. If it’s a bad neighborhood they want 1100 for a 1BR to then hear sirens and fighting all night, or you can reat a 1000 dollar apartment in a house where you hear everything your neighbors do and have the lovely joy of a 1:15 hour communte every morining (the one thing you are trying to avoid by living in the city)

Administrator answers:

It will last as long as people will pay the asking price. It’s supply and demand. 10 million people have to live somewhere, so if the landlord can get it, they will.

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