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Brownstoner July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

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Real Estate – Rentals June 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

Soon to be evicted, please help with tips on best way to find a new place

We’ve been renting in a rent control/stabilized building for the past ten years. I’m pretty sure we aren’t stabilized, because our rent started out at $2100, but it’s only gone up to $2200 the whole time we’ve been there. Yesterday, the owner (who doesn’t live here and who we rarely see) knocked on our door and told us it was probably time for us to move on because “there is no future for you here” and we should “really buy something”. Since they stopped sending everyone renewal leases a couple of years ago when they changed management companies, I think this means we’re screwed. I’m in a panic as our income has gone down as prices and rents have skyrocketed. Last night I had visions of moving to rental houses in NJ and had to pop a Xanax just to get to sleep. It’s been so long since I’ve looked for an apartment that I don’t even know how to begin. Is it best just to suck it up and work with an agent (we aren’t totally broke so as much as it will pain us, we can afford to do that if it means getting a better, more reasonably priced place)? Are there tricks to finding a place? Posting on Listervs, craigslist, whatever? And what neighborhoods are still someone reasonable? Our daughters are in schools we’d prefer not to pull them out of, so we’d like to stay in the vicinity of Park Slope, though it’s clear that vicinity is out of our price range. I was thinking Kensington or South South Park Slope (Greenwood Heights) but the stuff I looked up last night was so horrible and much more than what we are paying now. And who are all these rich people who can afford to pay over $3K rent to live in not so great apartments? But now I digress… Any advice, direction or words of comfort would be so gratefully appreciated.

Real Estate – Rentals March 31, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Discovered significant damage after returning tenants' security deposit

We have been renting an apartment in Washington Heights to the same tenants for a few years. We asked them to move out at the end of their term, did a walk through, saw no damage, and returned their security deposit. Then we screened the floors and put new polyurethane on, to spruce the place up for sale, and in the course of doing this discovered that major areas of the floor have been destroyed by cat urine. The poly was eaten away and so when the light sanding (“screening”) went over those patches, it took the stain off on the next layer down. We can’t match the color of the unstained spots to the old stain, and the floors are too old to sand down entirely and re-stain. (according to my contractor though I will look for a second opinion).
Do I have any recourse with our tenants? We had a perfectly fine relationship with them, though they have been cheap w us in the past, threatening to leave over a pretty minor rent increase, but we let it go because we had too much else to handle at the time. But now I think we are going to have to rip up the floors and put ew floors down. We are people, not a management company, and this is going to be a major hardship for us.
Thoughts??? Thank you.

Real Estate – Rentals January 5, 2014 at 9:43 am

Rental Income From Multi-Family Rowhouse

We bought a four story / two family rowhouse that will be configured as a triplex over a basement rental. We can’t convert to a three family and were wondering if it is still legally possible to rent part of the top floor.

That space would have a bathroom but not a kitchen and it would be mostly separate from the rest of the house, although we would share the stairways.

Our owners unit would be a duplex on the 2nd & 3rd floor, in addition to a small office space on the top floor. Any experience or knowledge about legally generating income from this type of space is appreciated. Thanks!

Real Estate – Rentals October 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Cobroking: Anyone out there paying more than 15 percent?

Has anyone ever paid a broker’s fee of more than 15 percent?

A listing agent told my broker that I would have to pay his full commission of 15 percent, plus my broker’s fee.

Seems like a total scam. But I heard other people are so desperate for apartments that they’re doing it.

Especially in Brooklyn, where some agents refuse to cobroke?

Real Estate – Rentals September 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

Rent for a single-family house–Park Slope, between 6 and 7 Aves

I’m a homeowner with a lovely 1300 square foot single-family house that I’m about to put up for rent. It’s two stories with a beautiful backyard, on a wonderful block between 6 and 7 Aves, south of 9th Street but North of 15th. 2 larger bedrooms, one small, plus a small home office, living room, dining room kitchen, 1.5 baths. There’s also a basement with laundry machines and lots of storage space. The kitchen is tiny and basic (no granite!), but has a brand-new fridge and dishwasher. The full bathroom is also not fancy, but is in good working order with new white tiling done this year.

So, what would you charge? This is a tough call, because it’s a very unique property. We will not charge a fee or work with brokers.

And would you list it on Craigslist?

Real Estate – Rentals August 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

Best Place to Advertise Rental by Owner

I just finished my multifamily townhouse renovation and am ready to rent out the beautifully renovated 3 bedroom apartments. I would love to rent them on my own to pass the savings on to the tenants and to have more control over the process. I find it hard to find a place to advertise by owner. Craigslist seems to have turned into a spammers paradise and I don’t see any other alternatives. Any ideas from the brownstoner community? Any pointers for this process in general?

Thank you.

Real Estate – Rentals June 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

Does Anyone Know of a Therapy room rental in Park Slope?

I am a massage therapist in Park Slope and I am looking for a therapy room to rent. Here is what I am looking for.
A room big enough to fit a massage table or one that is already set up to do massage, ideally a room with a window, A waiting area. A kitchenette. And a bathroom. 
Please let me know if you have any information.

Real Estate – Rentals June 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

Mover Recommendation

If anyone is looking for a man with a van, I can’t recommend Gary from Delivery Solutions highly enough. I’ve used him a few times now and he is always 100% reliable, arrives on time (usually exactly on time or a few minutes early) and nothing is too much trouble.
He helped me with an 8 1/2 hour move yesterday, worked tirelessly without any breaks and without losing his colorful personality. He should have gone home when we finished but had another job in the evening and didn’t want to let the person down. 
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Real Estate – Rentals May 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

$4,500 /mo Garden Level floor through in Clinton Hill?

I came across this rental listing today. The price seems very unrealistic, but as the future landlord of a very similar apartment, I’m wondering just how unrealistic this is these days. Anyone heard of prices close to this for a newly renovated Garden Level floor through?

Real Estate – Rentals May 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Tenant with a big dog

Hi Everyone,
We live in a 1910 townhouse are considering renting to a tenant that has a 4 year old, 60lb lab. They will be living on the top floor in an apartment that has new white oak plank floors. The common areas are a combination of engineered wood and original oak.  The tenant claims that the dog is well trained (The dog is used to living in the suburbs.) & they are willing to put down extra $ for security deposit. Does anyone have any experience with this? Will the floors get destroyed?

Rising Crane Anonymous
Real Estate – Rentals March 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

One apt, two brokers, 12% fee -what to do?

There’s an apartment that looks interesting but it is listed by 2 different brokers from 2 different firms.
Same base rent but both brokers are asking 12% fee.
I want to see it but am paralyzed at how to proceed.  Should I email both and say that I’d like to see it from whichever one lowers their fee the most?
Should I try to find LL and see if I can go through them instead of brokers?
I don’t want to be a stinker but I don’t want to have to pay 12% – especially not arbitrarily.

Real Estate – Rentals March 21, 2013 at 11:47 am


see earlier posts today about questionable exclusions from this company, AWR
Councilman Lander needs to get involved.

Real Estate – Rentals March 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Short term housing needed (June – August-ish)

We just went into contract on our Carroll Gardens apartment and need a place to live until we will find our more permanent home. It could be taking over someone’s lease, someone going on vacation for the summer, etc. We really want it to be in BoCoCa so that we can keep our daughter in her daycare.

Here’s the criteria:

2 bedrooms
Accepts dogs
BoCoCa neighborhood – though I would consider Park Slope
Ideally June – August; somewhat flexible on timing but no earlier than May and no later than September
Furnished or unfurnished  

If you have any leads, let me know!
Thanks, Cynthia

Real Estate – Rentals February 19, 2013 at 11:19 am

Greenpoint Brownstone

I want to stay in Greenpoint and am looking for a bronwstone to rent for $2,000-2,200. Is that realistic or am I dreaming?
I want to break my lease too because I’m so annoyed with apartment. What are the consequences of this? I have read my lease and there is no specific details.

Real Estate – Rentals February 5, 2013 at 6:13 am
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