Do Your Research
The most crucial component of apartment hunting in New York City is going into the rental market prepared. Whether you are looking for sublets, apartment rentals, or roommates, there are a variety of factors that you need to consider first. Check out our Glossary page for more information on commonly used terms in the NYC rental market.
Manage your expectations. The newer the apartment, the appliances, the facilities and conveneiences - like proximity to a subway or even NYU, means a higher price. Elevators and a doorman add to the price as well. Be open to the possibility of having to live in Brookly, Queens or even New Jersey to get a better price and more space. Know your wants from your must haves -- more than one bathroom or bedroom, quiet neighborhood, closet space, safety of the neighborhood, building amentieis. Basically, go into your search knowing what you can live with and what you can't live without!
Questions to Ask
As you begin your search, make sure to include these questions to your own:
- Are utilities included in the rent?
- Are pets allowed?
- Is pest extermination an additional expense or a service provided by the building management?
- Does the superintendent live on site? If not, is one available by phone?
- How close are the nearest police and fire stations?
- Are the building and surrounding areas well illuminated at night?
- How close is the building to high traffic, well-traveled areas?
- Is there a security system in the building?
- Does the building have a doorman or buzzer system for guests and deliveries?
- Are the locks on the doors of the building and the space adequately secure?
- Is there a peephole in the door to see who is calling?
- Is there a sufficient number of working smoke detectors in the living space and hallways?
- Are there adequate emergency escape routes in case of fire?
- What is the area's crime rate? (Statistics of reported crimes can be obtained by visiting the
- local police precinct closest to the building.)