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Finding a rental in NYC
If you want to look for an apartment off campus, bear in mind it’s a hard and expensive experience. Prices vary greatly upon location, size, type of building and the month you move in (in the summer months the rents would be much more expensive, but there would be more supply). Most of the apartments you will find would be through a broker, it’s rare to find apartments in NYC without a broker. Bear in mind that the broker’s fee is usually 10%-15% of the annual rent. The fee is sometimes negotiable. Usually you will be asked to give 3 checks: first and last rent and a deposit check on the sum of one month rent.
- Craig’s list – be careful from scams.
- Streeteasy - my favourite!
- Nybits – no fee rentals.
Questions that save time and things to bear in mind:
- Exact location.
- Proximity to transportation.
- Floor (remember, in the USA 1 is ground floor).
- Broker’s fee.
- Size: how many bedrooms and square footage.
- Separated/non separated kitchen.
- Laundry: in the building? near by?
- Live in super: this is the guy that can solve all your apartment''s problem, when he lives in the building its a big plus!
- View: is it facing a wall? Sunny? Air directions? Quite? See the apartment in day light.
- Move in date.
- Viewing times you are available on.
- Ask tenants in the building if there are mice or bed bugs. If you see holes filled with steel whole in the walls/floors, especially close to steam heating - know that there are mice in the building.
- The heating is free.
- Usually, if the building is not new, you will have to buy a window AC, its best to try and buy it from the tenants that leave the apartment. Have at least 10,000 BTU AC, otherwise it will not cool your apartment, for big rooms I would recommend 12,000 BTU.
- Pay attention that in many of the cases the pictures that are posted for the apartment are not of the actual apartment, and the brokers usually don''t specify the exact square footage - you should insist and ask what it is.