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July 28, 2012

Thomas asks…

I want to relocate to Atlanta from NYC so bad but I’m so afraid?

i’m so sick of NYC. the crowdedness, rudeness, people on top of people, NOISE, the “no pets” clauses in leases & it’s soooo expensive to live here. you make good money in NY but spend 90% of it living here. cant find a nice apt without spending an arm, leg & first born & then you gotta have “good credit” or you get denied. That’s MY experience. i was in atlanta in 2004. had a very nice apt, reasonable rent, quiet, amenities, DOGS ALLOWED & i got the apt with the same credit i have in NYC. i moved there for career reasons, at the last minute, i wasn’t preapred, things didnt work & i came back to NY. after 3-4 months i regretted it. i want to go back but i am SO AFRAID bcz all of my family/friends are here, i know no one in atlanta & i’m afraid i’ll miss my loved ones so much i’ll fall into a deep depression & will cry all the time. but i cant stop thinking about atlanta & how nice & quiet it was when i went in 2004. i dont know how to get over my fears but i’d really like to leave NYC.
also, when i was out there before, after 2 months i cried every day bcz i missed my family. since i’ve been back though, family “relationships” have been strained and there’s been more drama, i hardly go around my family now. but my MOM. i will miss her & i feel like i am doing wrong if i relocate to another state so far away from her & i’m afraid i’ll cry like crazy & wont be able to get thru it. i’d like her to go with me but she doesnt want to leave NYC (not now anywayz). can anyone talk to me and give me their views, experiences or advice? i think about relocating to atlanta more & more each day.

Administrator answers:

Have you considered looking for a place in the NYC suburbs? It sounds like you’re from the area originally so you probably do know, but if you’re willing to commute it sounds like you might be happier taking an apartment somewhere in Westchester/Jersey/Long Island. That could certainly alleviate some of the housing-crush-issues and the crowdedness.

It’s clearly an issue of personal values, but I think you’d regret leaving behind your family and friends just to find a nicer apartment for the money and a dog.

Also, you may think that NYC is too much for you, but if that’s the idea of what a city is for you, Atlanta will be a shock. It’s more like a bunch of suburbs.

Joseph asks…

NYC – need help finding an apt in NYC – will pay $1,000?

email me directly with any questions at: findmeanapartment@yahoo.com
Anyone who finds me the aptI MOVE into, get’s $1,000 CASH
Need 2 bedroom apartment, for myself, no pets.
Don’t want to use a broker.
Hopefully I’ll find someone w/friends moving out of an apt, knows management companies, search the internet or is hungry and aggressive enough to walk around and get tel#’s of mgt. companies and make calls to see if anything is available…
Criteria:
UPPER WEST SIDE
from 59th-85th street-CPW to West End
UPPER EAST SIDE
59th-85th no further east than 2nd Ave
MAX RENT $3,600
1. TWO BEDROOM (no jr 4/convertible) (1 bathroom ok)
2. MASTER BEDROOM MUST fit a KING size bed (queen ok in 2nd bedroom)
3. POST WAR ELEVATOR BlDG (NO walkups, NO pre-war elevator buildings)
4. HIGH FLOOR AND QUIET (will not move into a noisy apt)
5. DOORMAN is optional
6. LAUNDRY in bldg
7. can move in NOW or within 3 months
8. need PHOTOGRAPHS of outside of the bldg and inside of the apartment THX!!

Administrator answers:

3600 dollars a month for rent? Wow. I’m never, ever moving to NYC. My mortgage isn’t even half that and all my criteria are met.

Mary asks…

If in NYC, a roommate won’t pay rent or leave & legally nothing can be done how you get rid of them.?

My grandmother has these roommates that have been living in her apt for 13 months and stopped paying for rent 5 months ago. They were asked to leave and they refused. So she took them to court and the court said nothing can be legally done since the 30 day mark was passed. They said to work it out btw themselves and her roommates said they don’t have any money to leave or pay for rent. HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM? These guys are really rude and they’re causing my grandmother health issues from the stress.

*changing locks, any structural changes & physical eviction is illegal

i went through the eviction process and the court said nothing can be done legally and these guys r really messed up they’ll throw this legal stuff in my face so i’m not sure what to do any more

Administrator answers:

Hire some boys from the bronx to come over and throw the squaters shit into the street. Problem solved.

Ken asks…

Philadelphia….anyone from there?

I am based in NYC but will moved to Phily for 7 months to a year to record at a studio there. I have been there once many years ago and would like to know views of people who is still living in Phily now

1) Is it true that Irish bars there still allow smoking if food is only 10%?

2) What about rentals of one bedroom apt or 2bedrooms apt can those people on craiglist be trusted? I heard alot of scams when dealing with so called ” I have a apt to rent” much like NYC

Whats the music environment like especially rock music?

Yada Yada let me know pls, Thank you
OK now I am confused just put down the phone with a friend who just came back from Phily and he says he went to several bars ( NO FOOD ) and everyone was smoking and 2 Irish bars. I also went to US gov website and it says you can smoke in Phily bars as long as theres no food or food constitute 10% of the income. Hmmm
Thanks Randy, yeah I know about the irish bar thing I lived in Belfast for 5 years.

Administrator answers:

No smoking in bars. There are some scams on craigslist, but most are ligit. Try forrent.com. There’s lots to do in Philly. SouthStreet, Museums, Historical sites, the Jersey Shore. Go to phillyburbs.com It gives you news and info for Philadelphia and New Jersey suburbs. Have fun!

Susan asks…

Problem with landlord who breaks the law, eviction process in ny?

My father in law, my pregnant wife and myself rented apartment on month to month basis in Queens, NY last summer 2009. Our neighbors who rent apt above ours have wooden floors and 6 children making lots of noise every day until 12am. My father and I have to wake up early to go to work, my wife can’t relax because of that loud noise. We spoke to our landlords many times and asked him to help us to deal with this problem but unfortunately he didn’t do anything about it. We have roaches in our apt, we requested exterminator but our landlord simply ignored it. During the winter we didn’t have heat for weeks because it took landlord long time to repair the heating system. My wife gave birth a few months ago, we still don’t have window guards even though we requested it many times as well. Since my wife become pregnant, she quit her job and it became difficult to pay for the rent. To increase our income we let our friend to move in with us. We confirmed that with our landlord who verbally agreed on this, however 2 months later the landlord decided to give us 30 days notice of $100 rent increase due to additional expenses related to gas, water and electricity usage.(our landlord pays for that). He said that he will increase rent or the new tenant must leave. Our friend decided to leave on his own because he couldn’t take the noise coming from our neighbors. We decided to withhold the rent payment and called NYC to make complaints about our problems with landlord. We received 30 days notice to leave the place. We searched for a new apt but we couldn’t find anything that we could afford. We need more time to find a new place. What can we do to extend the process in court, how can we defend ourselves? Please help us.

Administrator answers:

Well, If you didn’t stop paying your rent, you’d be in the clear and you’d be right in this situation – but you broke your contract by stopping payments for monthly rent. Now, he can legally evict you with 30 days notice because you broke contract. He cannot, however, increase your rent (unless it says he can in your lease) after signing it. It would normally have to be agreed upon by both parties ( again, unless the lease says otherwise). So, the 100$ increase could be avoided if your lease doesn’t include the landlords ability to increase rent due to increase utility costs.

Also, there is a clause called ” warranty for habitability” – it states that tenants are entitled to an apartment fit for human habitation without any conditions endangering or detrimental to their life, health, or safety. While there are no specific regulations concerning when noise can be made, leases sometimes contain clauses concerning this. If you’ve got a newborn baby and they haven’t sent the exterminator / installed window guards, your landlord is being negligent and can face serious problems if something were to ever happen to you or your family ( or you hired a lawyer)

You could ignore his eviction notice and stay, and possibly get another 3-4 weeks before it’s officially processed. You MAY be able to fight it if you bring up the following facts:

In NYC, there is a regulation that requires apartments to have 80% of the floor covered in carpet to avoid noise pollution in other apartments. I would check the lease and check with a NYC official, but it is usually enforced in NYC to have 80% of the flooring covered in carpet, rug, tables, sofa, etc to avoid as much overhead noise pollution as possible.

Michael asks…

problem with landlord who breaks the law, eviction process in ny?

My father in law, my pregnant wife and myself rented apartment on month to month basis in Queens, NY last summer 2009. Our neighbors who rent apt above ours have wooden floors and 6 children making lots of noise every day until 12am. My father and I have to wake up early to go to work, my wife can’t relax because of that loud noise. We spoke to our landlords many times and asked him to help us to deal with this problem but unfortunately he didn’t do anything about it. We have roaches in our apt, we requested exterminator but our landlord simply ignored it. During the winter we didn’t have heat for weeks because it took landlord long time to repair the heating system. My wife gave birth a few months ago, we still don’t have window guards even though we requested it many times as well. Since my wife become pregnant, she quit her job and it became difficult to pay for the rent. To increase our income we let our friend to move in with us. We confirmed that with our landlord who verbally agreed on this, however 2 months later the landlord decided to give us 30 days notice of $100 rent increase due to additional expenses related to gas, water and electricity usage.(our landlord pays for that). He said that he will increase rent or the new tenant must leave. Our friend decided to leave on his own because he couldn’t take the noise coming from our neighbors. We decided to withhold the rent payment and called NYC to make complaints about our problems with landlord. We received 30 days notice to leave the place. We searched for a new apt but we couldn’t find anything that we could afford. We need more time to find a new place. What can we do to extend the process in court, how can we defend ourselves? Please help us.

Administrator answers:

Your landlord did not break the law, you did.

You illegally moved someone into his property prior to his consent. Then you illegally withheld rent.

You need to be evicted and have this appear on your credit report so that other landlords know what kind of person you are.

There is no defense, what you did was completely out of line.

Jenny asks…

As a undertenant(subleasing apt) am I responsible for the rent that actual tenant owes?

Hi
I am subletting an aprtment in nyc and the person who sublet it to me failed to pay the rent so most likely i will be evicted since i recieved some paper works
Now the thing is I didn’t pay the rent to the office I just gave it to the person who sublet it to me (because she said she will just pay them) and I just paid her in cash everytime
So what I am curious is as a undertenant am I responsible for the rent she owes? I am on the contract as undertenent… and I have met landlord personally
Because if I wrote a check then I would have a proof I paid but since I didn’t… I am not sure…
And the person who sublet it to me has disappeared seems like because her phone is disconnected now

Administrator answers:

If the tenant sub-letted to you then your contract is between you and the other tenant. If the other tenant does not pay the rent, then you will have to leave if the landlord demands that you do. However you are not under obligation to pay the landlord for any past rent prior to when you arrived nor after you arrived.

If you explain the situation to the landlord possibly they might let you stay if you form a contract with them and pay the rent directly to them, but you have no obligation to repay the rent you have already paid to the other tenant. But as I said you may loose your tenancy.

You mention you are on a contract. I am hoping this contract is just between you and the other tenant, because then the above applies. If the contract is between you and the ‘office’, then you got ripped off and they could demand the money from you.

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