Finding an apartment without the nasty trash compactor odors
April 6, 2014 11:37 AM Subscribe
This is a question about NYC real estate, specifically about a building maintenance issue. After many years of renting, I am in the market for a co-op apartment in the five boroughs of NYC. There is a problem with my current building that I am willing to tolerate as a tenant that would be a complete deal-breaker as an owner
The issue is this:
posted by jason's_planet to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
. . the trash compactor (and its related garbage chute) are poorly maintained and often smell quite awful. I am on the second floor of my building; my door is right next to the opening of the trash chute. There have been times where I've come home from work and the disgusting odor will hit me as soon as I've gotten off the elevator. Closing the door to my apartment behind me offers no relief. The stink completely permeates my house. This is unacceptable.
How do I avoid this problem in my next building? Do I need to write off post-war (in my case, a mid-60s building) buildings? Is it a matter of finding a competently managed building? (And if so, how would I be able to determine this in the initial stages of finding an apartment?) Or is this an issue that crops up from time to time in all buildings in New York City, one that I'll have to learn to deal with no matter where I go?