The NYC rental mark may always be shifting, but there are certain tried and true techniques that will always be relevant for prospective tenants trying to navigate the complicated landscape of renting in New York. Aspiring renters who find themselves looking for a place in a large, no-fee building should anticipate a few tricks and dishonesty on behalf of the leasing agent. It’s also important to take the time to find a trustworthy and competent rental agent. Get everything in writing to make sure you’re always covered. Know your rights as a tenant, and don’t be afraid to assert yourself or ask for concessions. It’s also best to be prepared in advance with things like letters of recommendation, which may or may not be requested of you. Being aware of these and other timeless renters’ tips can make a world of difference during the tricky renting process.
- If you have pets or a piano, be sure to ensure that your pet is well-behaved and that your piano will not cause any structural damage while transporting.
- When you are subletting, it is not only important to seek approval from the proper board, but you need to inquire about any amenities that you may not be welcome to use while there.
- With there being such a recent epidemic surrounding bed bugs, be sure to ask about the place’s bedbug history in order to be prepared ahead of time when it comes to what to expect.
“If you’re dealing directly with an on-site leasing agent, know that even if there are 10 or 20 vacancies, they will only tell you about two or three in order to preserve their negotiating leverage; therefore, make sure you are extremely clear about what you’re looking for from the start.”