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Finding an Apartment in NYC without a broker?

I am moving to NYC for work (yay!) and need to find an apartment. My start date in my new position is between 8/15 and 9/1, depending on when I can get into a place. Because I'm moving from a low-income area to a high-income one, my salary is basically doubling, which is fantastic, but not until 8/1. I'm trying to figure out a way to get around paying broker fees because my cash flow is not going to be great until the raise kicks in. [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Jun 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me navigate my anxiety over life changes good and bad

Hello, folks. My overthinking tendencies are working overtime as I try to navigate the next few months of my life (job/apartment change, travel?) amidst the fallout of the last few months of my life (end of long term relationship). I can't tell if I'm biting off more than I can chew or if I'm just standing in my own way. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Down to the wire

I'm looking for an Oct. 1st roommate share in Brooklyn, and so far I'm coming across shockingly few places listed on Craigslist. Is there another list I'm not aware of? I already put word out to my network. Details: -- I've lived in BK for six years (Crown Heights + Park Slope), and have never had trouble finding a place before. --Budget is $1100 and under. --Looking to stay for 6 months or longer --I'm searching under "rooms & shares" AND "sublets & temporary" Thanks!!
posted by jessca84 on Sep 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Great places to rent for a young person in NYC

22 years old here and I work full time and study part time and live on my own currently. I really really want to move out of my current place. I'm supposed to be getting an increase in pay soon and as such I'm wondering what are some good parts of the city (NYC here) that have affordable rent that doesn't eat a crazy chunk of income. Assume that my maximum rent is $1200 (but I would rather go a bit less - I'm looking at value over price, but not some run down place or a place in the projects.)
posted by antgly on Jul 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Moving from London to NYC

I'm 40, likely to be moving to NYC from London with my partner and 11 year old daughter, and am fortunate enough to have an apartment to rent out in London which gives me a budget of 5,000 dollars a month. Where would MeFi people recommend to live in Manhattan when looking for a 2 bedroom place with that budget? I have no clue, have never been there but it seems like the greatest place on Earth!
posted by colie on May 18, 2013 - 23 answers

Landlord taking unreasonable amount from security deposit

I'm moving out of an apartment in NYC at the end of the month. Our landlord is charging us to repaint the entire apartment. I'm pretty sure this is BS. Help? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Mar 19, 2013 - 30 answers

Shine a light on NYC Real Estate Pitfalls

Tell me about your NYC apt hunting horror stories... [more inside]
posted by Hurst on Sep 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Darling, I am sorry, but I lost my key! (another NYC apartment hunting ?)

2 years ago while looking for NYC apartments I came across an Upper East Side Broker's office that allowed me to leave my license and in return get a list of apartment rentals and keys to check them out that afternoon, by myself with no agent. Now I need to actually make the NYC move. Help me find a place that will do this? please? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Moving via RV

Help me move from Oregon to NYC Part 2: Moving in a rented RV. [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Jul 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Help: NYC apartment search

Help me move to NYC Part 1: Finding an apartment (Brooklyn? Jersey City?) [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Jun 29, 2012 - 41 answers

Beeeeep. Beeeeep. Beeeep.

There is a smoke detector in my building doing the low-battery chirp, and it's been going off for DAYS. How do I make it stop? Please, please help. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Feb 17, 2012 - 24 answers

This week, on Tiny House!

The world's tiniest 2-bedroom with three people and a dog. I shouldn't, right? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jan 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me with my move to NYC

Advice for an out of towner hunting for apartments in Manhattan? Lots of questions inside. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Oct 9, 2011 - 14 answers

help me find a set for my film

I am shooting a short film for my MFA in New York City in November. I need help finding a small studio apartment to rent very short term as the film's single set. [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Sep 22, 2011 - 6 answers

I just found out my Brooklyn (rental) apartment doesn't have a certificate of occupancy. Now what?

I moved into a new apartment in July, and this week I found out that the building doesn't have a certificate of occupancy. How freaked out should I be? (Special snowflake details ahead) [more inside]
posted by WStraub on Sep 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Moving to NYC and looking for an apartment. Questions inside.

Moving to NYC and looking for an apartment. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by pravit on Aug 6, 2011 - 31 answers

Historical NYC apartment rental prices?

Have Manhattan apartment rental prices always been prohibitively expensive relative to prices in other major US cities? [more inside]
posted by kelechv on May 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Is it worth waiting to move?

NYCFilter: How much do I really save by waiting until Fall/Winter to rent an apartment? I really want to find a place where I have a bit more space and privacy. I don't want to wait, but if we're talking hundreds of dollars per month, I guess it would be worth it. I am looking for a studio or 1BR in the LES, East Village, or in Williamsburg, around $1500-$1700 (these place do exist, I have visited them in person.) So can you relate to me your impression of how much cheaper rents are in the winter/fall? And when does the price begin to fall off? Thanks!
posted by !Jim on May 11, 2011 - 8 answers

When Can I Bring Out the Guys With Baseball Bats to Get My Deposit?

I just moved out of an apartment in New York City, and for a bunch of reasons I'm worried about getting my deposit back. Quick question about NYC rental law inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Mar 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Live/Work Space in Brooklyn?

Moving to Brooklyn, and have some specific questions about how to go about finding the right space and then actually renting it. Help, NYC Mefites! [more inside]
posted by nosila on Nov 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Where can I find photos of NYCHA housing developments?

I'm looking for photos of NYCHA public housing - particularly, the interior of apartments and communal areas. Where can I find photos like this online? [more inside]
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo on Oct 17, 2009 - 2 answers

What are the rules on apartment subletting in New York?

What are the rules on apartment subletting in New York? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Oct 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Good resources for finding livable rent-stabilized apartments in Manhattan?

Good resources for finding livable rent-stabilized apartments in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by jdruk on Jun 24, 2009 - 12 answers

Advice for hunting for mid-range 3-bedroom apartment in NYC?

Tips for finding a 3-bedroom apartment in NYC? [more inside]
posted by 8k on Jun 3, 2009 - 36 answers

Too good to be true?

NYC apartment question - she wants to pay me for my address. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 - 56 answers

does a nyc rental apartment need to have a certificate of occupancy?

nycfilter: is it legal to rent a newly-renovated apartment in an old residential building that doesn't have its certificate of occupancy yet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2008 - 7 answers

Apartment rent being consolidated: stay or go?

My landlady is going to start charging rent by apartment ($2000/month for all) rather than by room ($530/month for me). Is it worth it to stay? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me choose an apartment

I am headed to law school in Brooklyn with a full ride and a great housing offer-- subsidized housing for 3 years. My partner and I can pick between two apartments, but we can't decide which we should take. [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac on May 30, 2008 - 20 answers

Is finding an apartment in NYC without going there to see it an option?

Relocating from St. Louis to New York (Queens/LI border). I need to find an apartment to move into July 1st. How screwed am I? [more inside]
posted by makonan on May 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Luxury apartments nyc?

I have a specific question about apartments in NYC. I will be moving June 1, and am looking for an apartment building in the Upper West Side with similar cost/amenities/location as Sheffield 57 or Trump Tower. Does any one know of any similar rentals or apartment buildings in the same area? I have been searching around, but am finding it hard to locate places that arent for sale, or that have the same standards as these two wonderful places. Thank you so much i really appreciate any and all help!!!!!
posted by tessalations999 on Feb 27, 2008 - 4 answers

How To Know If A Subletting Offer Is A Scam?

What's the best way to find out who owns an apartment in New York City? A relative of mine has been offered a sublet, but the circumstances seem very shady. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Appropriate holiday tips for building staff.

New Yorkers, please advise me on appropriate holiday tip amounts for building staff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2007 - 7 answers

What's the middle ground between "F.U!" and "Welcome!"?

One of my wife's distant friends has attempted to invite herself to stay with us, again. She did this last March, and we used the excuse of me starting a new job and needing to do x, y, and z as well as the "out of town" excuse for any remaining dates. This got us off scot-free, but we both knew the time would come again... and it's here. We need a final solution. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Jan 16, 2007 - 123 answers

Journal Square is the dumps!

We're thinking of moving to Jersey City from points west, and have some questions about it which aren't answered in this previous JC AskMe. Sincere apologies for the length! [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Sep 20, 2006 - 10 answers

Roomies!

Roommate-filter: I've been in the same apartment (without a lease) in NYC for 9 years. It's time for a new roommate. What can I do to protect myself from psychos and other difficult roommate situations? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Aug 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite!

[New York City apartment filter] So my future roommate and I found a place we thought was perfect. We're thisclose to signing the lease. And then a search with HPD turns up 96 open violations in the building. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by anjamu on May 16, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I find an apartment in NYC without going thru a real estate agency?

Non-realtor sources for an apartment in NYC/Bklyn? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on May 5, 2006 - 11 answers

Landlord selling my building: Am I screwed?

NYC: Our landlord is selling our building. We have a lease. What's going to happen to us? [more inside]
posted by logovisual on Mar 20, 2006 - 14 answers

Advice on NYC neighborhoods, for Aussie in Tokyo, moving to New York

I'm relocating to NYC from Tokyo next month and am looking for some advice on prospective neighborhoods [more inside]
posted by aussie_in_NY on Mar 1, 2006 - 14 answers

Moving to NYC.

What neighborhood should I move to in NYC? [more inside]
posted by spaghetti on Apr 11, 2005 - 23 answers

What's the best way to find an apartment in NYC?

NYCaptFilter: I'm moving to NYC (yay!) and sorry, but I'm going to drive you all nuts with questions for the next few weeks. #1: Best way to find an apartment? I know the city, but would like tips on finding a good place. Broker? Classified listings? Pitfalls to avoid? How do I find something rent stabilized? Any opinion about rentdirect.com? I promise to host a meetup when I get settled.
posted by CunningLinguist on Dec 10, 2004 - 37 answers

Partitioning a large studio apartment

I'm moving into NYC for the first time. It's a studio, but a relatively large one, and I'd like to partition it. I've looked mainly at shoji screens, but I'd rather not take up the extra space with the accordion footprint. I don't want to spend a huge amount of money, or do anything that requires a permit. What are some creative options?; for_name=condour75 [more inside]
posted by condour75 on Dec 16, 2003 - 13 answers

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