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Your Questions About Cheap Apartments For Rent In New York

May 24, 2013

Lizzie asks…

What’s the absolute cheapest a person could find an apartment in/near New York?

Obviously I’m not talking about a nice apartment in Manhattan or anything like that. I mean, for a matchbox, hole-in-the-wall apartment ANYWHERE in the city, how cheap could I find one? I’m going to be going to school in New York, and I’m trying to figure out some sort of budget.

I tried using Google, but it keeps giving me the up-scale ones.
Just realized I should have said “New York City.” I’m talking about an apartment in NYC, not the whole New York state.
Yes, I am more or less asking about the crack apartments. Or anywhere slightly better than camping under a bridge.

Administrator answers:

Web sites might be 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, amenities available, such as washer and dryers or gyms, the monthly rental of the unit. Most will include a rental application. These list will include the monthly rental required, if a lease or month to month agreement will be signed. They will also indicate if they will accept Section 8 vouchers. They will also indicate it they have disabled access, allow pets and if so the type allowed.

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 24/7 365.

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.

You might consider obtaining a crime report from the city in which you would want to reside.

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


Helen asks…

How much money do you have to make to support yourself in New York City?

Administrator answers:

It depends on where you live and the type of apartment you get. My rent living in midtown is $3,500 a month. If you live in the upper east side it can be cheaper but the area is bad and it’s a little out of the way. I would recommend having at least $50,000 a year to support yourself and live relatively comfortable. But like I said, it really depends on where you live. Also, we got together with friends and split our rent so it’s easier to afford a nicer place. It takes work but if you search actively, there are a lot of offers and great deals on housing and it’s always easy to find a nice cheap place to eat at.

Maria asks…

Anyone stayed at the Mandarin Oriental New York?

We need to be out of our apartment for 4 days and I was looking at this hotel. Has anyone stayed and how did you like it? How does it compare to others in Manhattan or what would you reccomend?
Thanks to the people with genuine answers.

Administrator answers:

The Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan is considered to be a 5 star hotel and it comes with a five star price tag per night also. The average price per night for standard accommodations is $600-$800 a night depending whether you go peak or off peak time of year.

There are ways you can get more for your money and even get apartment like accommodations such as staying at the hotel AKA in New York that has it’s own stainless steel kitchen, living room, and bedroom in Manhattan. (set up like full apartment) some folks do rent them as apartments.

This is suitable for extended stays so you can save money by cooking if you want to, and also has flat screen tv’s in it, comfy couches, luxury linens, microwave, coffee maker,etc.
The average cost is $265.00 per night compared to Mandarin’s $600-$800 per night for a standard small room.

The AKA NY is 657 sq. Ft large compared to Mandarin which is only 225 sq. Ft. Standard room and 400 sq. Ft for a larger room at the Mandarin costs $800.00 per night.

The largest VIP suite that the Mandarin offers is 650 square ft. Large and costs $1200.00 PER NIGHT. AKA NY 657 sq. Ft large at a price tag of $265.00 per night. By staying at the AKA NY in a 657 sq. Ft apartment style accomodations it would save you $935.00 per night compared to the Mandarin’s VIP suite cost of the same sq. Footage.

The better deal is definitely the AKA Ny due to size of accomodations, price point, etc. However, if you wish for dizzying luxury at it’s very core and want to pay for it, then the Mandarin is just that! It is both legendary in it’s service and luxury. Bare in mind spa treatments, coffee, water, drinks, food, etc. Are not included in the totals quoted above at the Mandarin (those cost you extra) on top of already excessive priced accomodations.

In end, you can stay at the AKA save a boat load of money, afford to have a massage at a great spa, shop at Bloomingdales, Macys, Fao Schwartz, Tiffany’s, treat yourself to a pair of Monolo Blahnik’s, etc. And still come out cheaper than the Mandarin for a 4 day stay. LOL ( but true)

The whole 4 days at AKA NY would cost a $1060.00 plus taxes and fees compared to Mandarin at $4,800.00 plus taxes and fees.

Really depends on what you want!

Richard asks…

I’m hoping to move to new york what area’s are good to live in?

I’m hoping to move to New york but i don’t know what areas are good to live in can anyone help me?

Administrator answers:

How much money you have is going to dictate what areas you can live in. Generally, it’s desired that you make something like 12x’s your monthly rent a year. That could be wrong, but it’s something like that. If you use a broker, you will be charged about 15% for the broker fee. This is somewhat negotiable. But don’t rely strictly on the broker. I had one who kept showing me things that were at the top of my range, and did not have the major things I was looking for. I finally chewed him out after one AWFUL apartment. I ended up finding my first place in the Village Voice, and instead of a smaller fee, the idiot got nothing. I should have, however, haggled on the broker fee for the place I did get since technically that broker did no leg work for me. Oh well.

Soho’s okay – used to be better, but you’d better have a good paying job.

Nice, but generally you need a good salary:
Chelsea, West Village, Upper West Side, East Village (but can be noisier sometimes), TriBeCa. However, good places are still out there in these area if you look.

Morningside Heights is nice. Columbia and Barnard are up there along with several other schools. You can still find a place there without needing to get a roommate. It is starting to go up though.

Upper East Side is okay. It’s pricier in general as well. It’s not my thing. I think it’s just sort of sterile – not as much character or charm as the Upper West Side.

You might want to check the other boroughs. Queens and Brooklyn have a lot of nice areas. Astoria in Queens is good and pretty close to Manhattan. You’ll hear a lot about Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Not a bad place, but it’s gotten expensive too since everyone flocked there for what was cheaper rent.

If you go the roommate route, ask to see a copy of the lease so you know you are indeed paying your fair share of the rent and not all or most of it. Also, beware of anyone who advertises as being “only 20 minutes to Times Square/Union Square” – everyone in Queens and Brooklyn thinks that’s all they are. Yeah, once you actually get to the train (after getting off a bus) or once it shows up, then yes, it MIGHT be 20 minutes – if you’re on an express, but this has not been my experience.

There’s been a lot of development on the West Side closer to the river. It’s a little further to walk to a subway, but you’re still close to things, and the rent’s not as bad as a few avenues over since it’s not right next to a train.

I don’t much about the Bronx. I’m only familiar with Riverdale, and I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s like living in a small town. Things shut up early, and it’s a hike to midtown. It defeats the purpose of being in NYC.

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