We get a lot of questions here at Ask Gothamist about the tricky world of NYC real estate, particularly when it comes to finding and maintaining apartments. So, we've compiled our posts into this one convenient package to hopefully answer all of your inquiries about apartments in the city.
And, as always, if there's something you're wondering about that we haven't answered here, send us an email.
Finding an Apartment
-What gimmicks should you watch out for?
-What questions should you ask a future landlord?
-When are guarantors necessary?
-Can you rent an apartment if you have bad credit?
-Brokers: avoidable or necessary evil?
Pesky Neighbors and Maintainance Problems - Maintaining an Apartment
-How much rent should you charge those roommates?
-More on Renters Insurance
-Can you break a lease because of some bugs?
-Can you do anything about squatting neighbors?
-Can you add yourself to a lease in your roommate's name?
-How do you deal with really awful neighbors?
-How do you deal with mice and other pests? And, What is landlord's responsibility when it comes to getting rid of the bed bugs?
Leases - Signing and Renewing
-Can you be charged "back rent" if you sign your renewal lease late?
-What can you do if the landlord raises the rent more than allowed under the rent stabilization laws?
Leaving - Ending Leases and Moving Out
-How do you break a lease?
-Can you get the security deposit back if you break the lease early? Or, Do you have to pay the last month's rent if you move out early?
Buying and Selling
-Are there buying restrictions on affordable housing?
We'll continue to add to this guide as we answer more of your questions, so stop back before moving day arrives!