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January 18, 2013

Mary asks…

20 year being evicted what should I do?

20 year old being evicted, what do I do now? Please help me?
My question involves an eviction in the state of: evicted because there was an inspection done on the basement apartment I was renting, they found out it was illegal what do I do?

Am 20 years old, am a college student and a part time Employee, i live on Staten Island, NY…. And here’s my story please help me I don’t know what to do :disturbed:

Here’s the complete story,

I had heat problem in the basement am renting, it was really cold; the same temperature as out side, I try calling my landlord to ask him to help me but he didn’t pick my calls , they never pick my calls until its time to pay their rent, or return any of it I even left a voicemail still no respond, I didn’t know what to do plus I kept getting sick so I decided to seek advice from friends, a friend of mine told me to call 311 and report the heat problem she said that they were going to sent someone to help me fix the heat , I did as she advised, two weeks later a guy came to my apartment like they said they would, I let him in, then he started talking about how the basement is illegal and how I need to move out ASAP I kept telling him I was fine and I didn’t call him for that, I called to fix the heat but he kept saying we do inspection and am telling you you have to leave I stated crying i told him that i didn’t have no where else to go plus the apartment is the cheapest apartment i could afford, he said i shouldn’t worry everything will be fine and that i wasn’t in trouble so i trusted his words and didn’t tell my landlord about his visits three weeks later my landlord called me saying he got a letter from the state saying he’s renting an illegal basement and that he needs to shut it down,my landlord said the later said he needs to pay 40000 dollars for the violation, it also states that I have less then two weeks to move, today is December 5 2012 I have till the 25 to move out. Now I have no money and all the apartments I expensive I can’t afford it, I get no public assistance,no mother, father or anybody to help me, its only me taking care of myself if i don’t work i wont’t eat, things are already hard in me, I don’t know what to do I don’t want to end up homeless I’ve worked so hard to get to this point, I know what I did was stupid and wrong but I swear I didn’t know they did inspection also. P.S. i live on staten island NY and due to hurricane sandy there are no houses for rent anymore, please help me :’( am crying as I type this out, am a female and I know how risky is is for females in the streets, I don’t wanna get raped, or follow wrong friends and start doing drugs I just want a safe place to be, somewhere to lay after a long day of school or overnight shift at my job, please help me, please.

Administrator answers:

You need to pack, find another place and move. Just what did you expect the city to do when you had them inspect an illegal apartment? Of course they are evicting you; it is illegal for you to be there.

George asks…

Need some info on NYC!?

Hi, I really wanna move to New York City after college (which is in two years, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to start planning early!). I grew up in Jacksonville Beach, Fl. So New York will be a big change.

I was curious what part to live in? I have heard about tons of places… Bronx, upper east side, lower east side, SoHo, Queens, etc. But I have no idea which would be right for me. I will be 24 when I move up there, so obviously I wanna live with around younger people where there is stuff to do. I would love to maybe live in Manhattan, but I heard the rent is ridiculous (even for NY standards) so that’s why I was I want to live somewhere that is close to the Manhattan.

I’ve heard alot of people say good things about the East side. Whats it like there?

Pretty much just any information you have about New York I would love to know.


Administrator answers:

Interesting, I live in Fleming Island (near you) and I grew up in New York. Let me give you this comment first: other than the occasional visit to family and friends, I wouldn’t move back there if you dragged me kicking and screaming.

First of all, unless you have about ten grand saved up and an absolutely spectacular job already guaranteed, I would strongly advise you to reconsider. You will need at least that much for deposits on an apartment and utilities. You will require a solid credit check. And if you don’t have a job, there’s isn’t a landlord in New York that will rent to you. That’s just the reality of it. New York isn’t just expensive…it is one of the two or three most expensive places to live in the world.

The current unemployment rate in New York City is hovering around 10%. Among young people (even college grads) it’s much higher.

The taxes in New York are obscene. You currently live in a state with zero income tax. Not New York. You will pay both state and city income taxes (in addition to Federal payroll taxes). If you have a union job, there’s dues. There are a number of things you’ll pay that you won’t in Florida.

As for geography, the East side and SOHO are in Manhattan. The Bronx and Queens (like Brooklyn and Staten Island) are boroughs. The East side of Manhattan is very expensive. The outer boroughs are cheaper for rents, but the savings are eaten up in transportation expenses.

For rents, an absolute dump in Manhattan will start between $1300-1500 per month. That’s for a “studio”. Which is basically a closet with a bathroom. One bedroom places begin around $2000. Add into that electricity, gas, cable, water (all of which will require deposits) and at least two months deposit on the rental alone.

True story: my two sisters-in-law own an apartment (considered a condo) in New York, on East 90th Street, in a lovely neighborhood on the East Side. My brother-in-law lived there and recently passed, so they’re selling it. It’s small, one bedroom. Wanna buy it? I think their asking price is $300,000. You live in Jacksonville…how much *house* can you buy for three hundred grand? This apartment is not much bigger than most Florida two-car garages. No, it’s not for rent.

Are you thinking about owning a car in New York? Well, good luck with that. There is no place on the street to park (and if there wss, you have to move your car once or twice a week for alternate side parking…if there’s a spot to move to). Garage parking is (and I’m not kidding about this) as much per month as you would pay for an apartment in some parts of Jacksonville. Add to that taxes and insurance on the vehicle, also the highest in the US.

There are a million places in the United States were you could probably find a decent job and place to live after graduation. Unless you’re starting out at six figures per year, New York is not one of those places.

I’m not trying to shatter your dreams, but as someone who grew up just outside New York City and who worked there for many years before the Navy and coming to Florida, I’m just trying to give you some reality. There are reasons people are fleeing places like New York and California.

Good luck.

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