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July 14, 2012

Robert asks…

How much rent can I be charged? (NYC)?

Here’s the situation.
My friend lives in a rent controlled building in NYC. (He was paying $2050 for 2 bedrooms)
He has decided to move before his lease is up. His landlord/management does not allow sublets, so basically he loses his deposit.
Since it is a rent controlled building, how much can the increase in the rent be if I decide to move in?
Also the management is asking me for a broker’s fee of one month’s rent. Since there was no broker involved (My friend told me that he was moving out of his apt., so there was no middle man), I asked the management about it. They said that since they (the management) was not allowed to get any leases signed they would have to go through a broker anyway (even if the tenant found the new perspective tenant).
Can he charge me a broker’s fee and increase the rent?

Thanks in advance for your help!
As far as the broker fee is concerned, I will pay for the credit/back ground check but that cannot possibly be more than a few hundred bucks. He is asking for 2000 dollars for it.

Administrator answers:

Yes, he can do both.

The broker is the one that will do your background check.

The rent control goes into effect after you move in. Rent can be set at any amount when a new tenant is involved, otherwise you would not have increases for decades on end.

You might want to ask what the new rent is before you get too excited, it will not be what your friend was paying.

Susan asks…

Anyone (or their friend) have an outrageously great rent-controlled apartment steal in NYC?

Feel free to enrage me with jealousy over your disgusting combination of high square footage and low rent.
(I’m trying to give myself some hope for my next apt. search)

Administrator answers:

Hahaah my friend rents 1600 sq foot place for 650, 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms but the place is a dump, most rent stabilized are considering the landlord wont do any renovations for just that reason.

Helen asks…

What does “severely low rent…income restriction mean” on Craigslist ads for NYC apts?

Maybe I’m just really dumb…but I’m moving to NYC soon and I’ve been browsing for a “cheap?” apt. in NYC that doesn’t have an infestation and is in an area where I won’t be shot. I have found numerous ads on Craigslist that say Severely low rent…Luxury apts… income restrictions…does that mean that you can get a decent apt in the city even though you don’t make a ton of money? or is this a total scam?
Also…are these apts actually decent? or are they total crap?

Administrator answers:

They are commonly called “the projects”. They would be luxury if you were living in a cardboard box, but if you really want to live in an upscale neighborhood you are going to have to pay for it just like everyone else.

James asks…

Is our apartment broker dicking us around? (NYC) Really starting to get pissed off.?

My gf and I are apt hunting, using a broker.
We found a perfect apt and applied.
We paid the $500 initial fee.
We have perfect credit, good jobs, about 4 yrs of rent in our bank accounts.
We are maybe 4K short of the yearly income requirement, but my gf’s mom has a $1M house in New Jersey
We applied on Mon. The broker told us we would know on Wed, Thu at the latest. It is now Fri.
We have been in contact with the broker several times since we applied.
We have heard: “Pretty sure you have it”
“looks good”, “Just waiting for final word”,
Everything except “Come down and sign the lease”.
It has now been five days, and the same old rhetoric.
From what I understand:
In NYC, there might be six or more brokers trying to get the same apt rented.
Until a lease is signed, the apt. remains for rent.
Every day we wait, our chances of getting it diminish.
What is the hold up? Do we have it or not?
NYC apt hunting is unique, so please only answer if are familiar with the procedure in NYC.
The broker will also get 15% of the years rent once the contract is signed.
He hasn’t answered the basic questions:
Do we have the apt or not.
If so, when can we come down, sign the lease and pay the fees/deposit.
If not, what else do we need? Extra cash, invoke my girlfriend mom as guarantor (whech she agreed to)
Is it common for these things to take 5 days in NYC?

We are ready to hand the broker and the landlord a several thousand dollars. Why are they dragging their feet?
Why can’t we get a straight answer?

Administrator answers:

You sound like u have enough money to afford a nice place go to and look at our listings, u can come to our rental office and take care of all the paper work and rent the apartment for no broker fee. We are the management company for all these properties, im sure u will get approved if u have good credit. Good luck, ditch this broker and get yor 500 bucks back, i dont know why you are paying him 15% thats doulbe the commission he is entitles too.

Linda asks…

Is there a way to branch off your parent section 8 to get your own apt. ?

i live with my dad we currently have section 8 i would like to move out with my two kids but i was curious if any one knows if there is a way i can get my own section 8 voucher without having to be put on a waiting list? living with him is impossible i need to get out but i cant afford regular rent in nyc . i have heard of cases in new york housing authority there is a way for of age children of lease holders to branch off to there own apartment. Please help

Administrator answers:

NO! Section 8 is non transferable and you do NOT automatically get it because you are living with someone that does.

You must apply and go thru the process like every one else.

Sharon asks…

They let their idiot kid run upstairs ALL DAY LONG!!!!?

I’m going to lose my f****g mind!!! I live in a basement apt. in NYC & I rent it from my bf’s parent’s friends. ( I didn’t know they were @ first). Well, there is a language barrier b/c they speak Spanish but they are able to communicate somewhat in english. I pay $950 for a 400 sqft apt. (I’m not complaining just filling ya in). However I can’t take it when they allow their stupid @$$ little girl to run all day long. I’m easy going. When they have parties once in a while, I never complain. I realize we are all on different schedules but I’m not a heavy-sleeper and these people have constantly woke me up. It gets better…on the weekends when the idiot little girl is finally gone, the brother-in-law blasts his speaker on the floor and it vibrates through the wall…SO forget sleeping in! I have pounded my fist on the wall and he lowers the music. (So obviously you CAN hear when I tap like that). Upon having my bf call SEVERAL times and even me calling nicely once asking for the noise levels to be lowered..I have simply just started to pound my fist on the wall. Apparently the mom-who is such an idiot I don’t even know how my bf’s parents are friends with her- doesn’t get it. So she lets the girl BOOM around all day. I had enough so I kicked the wall so hard my foot went thru it and then she runs downstairs. There is a door that is connected to our place, which is also really annoying b/c they have been so f***g nosy and just sort of knocked and walked right in. I hate this. She comes down and taps on it and gets ready to open it but I yell there’s nothing wrong…It is just loud! Then I walk off to my bedroom and ignore what she has to say thru the other side of the door. How dense can these people be? I’m sick of them pretending that they don’t know any better b/c they can only speak spanish..does that affect their common courtesy? Geesh. Anyhow the inside door is right behind their laundry room & they also decided to put the cat litter down there (which I had to complain about 6 times to have them move). My roomate and two other people mentioned not being able to sleep due to the smell of cat shit. We told my landlord but then one day she had me come inside to give me a package and she tells the cat..go pipi and shooes him..where?..downstairs! After we explicitally told her this smell is keeping everyone up. If you have a cat you know how awful cat crap smells. Well, I have about had enough. Initially when I looked @ this apt. they told my bf they were hesitant to rent to an American (they are South American)..which I thought was BS but it was a good deal and I needed an apt. So finally I moved in. DUde..they aren’t doing me any favors..I pay rent. So why should I have to put up with the noise? No one can even study here. It’s that small constant thumping that can make you wanna pull your hair out when you’re intending to focus on Chemistry. I have been so nice to their little girl & to them..and I feel like my niceness is being taken for granted. The noise still hasn’t stopped..she’s running as we speak! There is constant booming..but I let that pass b/c even though it’s ridiculous to be fixing shit @ 11pm @ night..I’m trying not to be too extreme. My bf’s their house. The thing is though..I am paying rent! They rent parts out of their house to help meet their it’s not like they are doing me any favors. I am SOOOO clean..quiet..and ALWAYS pay rent on time. I have never thrown a party here either. I feel like , b/c they have this comfort zone with my bf’s parents..they just don’t care to stop the noise. I have moved SO many times and I have a great roomate here in the other room (I’m subletting it..) I don’t want to abandon her b/c of THEIR inconsideration. I know this problem isn’t just me. Everyone who has visited here has commented about it. Do I really need to resort to blasting music @ 4am on a weekend or something? I I going to have to stoop that low?
BTW these people are really nosy & my bf is ridic! The lady goes ” Oh I saw you come in late etc. etc.” This is her way of finding when my bf comes and goes and what does he do? He falls into it and is like ” Yeah I am working such and such hours now”. GREAT!

Someone help me before I knock these ignorant people out ! I know it’s their house but I PAY RENT! Is it unfair of me to expect the same treatment as someone who rents an apt? I don’t think so. My idea is..if you want to rent out this place..then keep your stupid kid in check and be courteous. Your noise and cat shit interfere with our sleep and to me..that’s MAJOR.

Thanks for reading this all & I hope to get some REALLLLLL good answers! Even if they are ones that give me bad ideas..maybe that’s what these idiots need!

LMFAO! *phew* Your responses so far are AWESOME. I would like to throw in, that for right now, moving is NOT an option. My roommate is helping my bf get an awesome job and we are renting her a room (she’s awesome by the way) so we don’t want to leave her out in the cold. Also, my other option is to move underneath my bf’s parents. Who probably would charge us half. Yeah, it’s going to be noisy with them as well b/c their culture doesn’t seem to think any volume is too loud..HOWEVER it will be different..I will have to put up with it b/c we are all helping each other. But this not helping me or doing me any favors. I’m paying $950 plus internet a month for a 400 sq ft apartment in Corona, NY (it’s a crummy area but not a complete ghetto).

Administrator answers:

Unfortunately, I am going to have to agree with the first poster. I’m not bias, as my Mom’s side of the family is hispanic. But they just don’t seem to value their stuff as much and there is a LOT less order in their houses. The kids run around like savages. When I went to HS I was always envious of all the hispanic kids. They go to do WHATEVER they wanted. Of course I’m not envious anymore b/c they are all parents & never did anything with their lives. It’s quit disheartening.

My suggestion is to call upstairs each and everytime they are loud and pretend you are concerned. Ask them if everything is ok since you are hearing such loud noises. Pretend to be alarmed. If they wanna be fake you can be too! LOL. I had this same exact problem. The lady could only say “QUE?” when I addressed it. It was selective comprehension. The ignorant idiot knew exactly what I was saying but was always pretending to be stupid…or perhaps they really are…? :(

Joseph asks…

Is there a list or a website where i can find for housing rental that accepts public assistance in NYC?

Im trying to get a apt in NYC and I just applied to public assistance. they are willing to pay half the rent while i go to college and work part time. But every management building or landlord doesn’t accept welfare help. Does anyone know? I came back to nyc to finish my college with my two kids from Miami since im getting help from my mom, but no ones if the list even exist. any one that knows would be helpful.

Administrator answers:

One source to find this information is to look in your local newspaper. There are many ads says sec 8 tenants welcome.

Also stop looking at buildings in a certain area. You should call property managers that manage many units. They might have several units under management that accept section 8 clients.

Web sites are a good place to find an apartment or house to rent, if you want to go through the entire list to find one in your state and then city.

The best place to look for places to rent is to go to the yellow pages of your telephone book, look under property managers.

These individuals list properties for rent in certain areas, so make sure you select the areas in which you wish to rent.

Call several of the property managers listed there, tell them you want a list of properties that they have for rent. Some will fax, email or mail the list of local places to rent along with the address, number of bedrooms and bath rooms the cost of the rental also an application.

They might indicate a web site that you might visit to get their list of places to rent. It does not cost to get a rental list from a reputable property manager.

Some will require you to stop by their office and pick up the list. A lot of them post their list outside so the list are available 24/7 360.

Make sure you don’t fall for the scams and purchase a list as 70%-80% of these list are composed of free list they have compiled. They are not the property managers of any property in most instances.

You might also google Property managers in whatever city or community you want to live in and see what comes up. Again do not pay for this information as it is free from reliable property managers.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.


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