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Old 11-02-2009, 01:34 PM
 
Location: BK All Day
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The landlord will make me sign a lease that I can't bring a heater in the apt or anything that might overload the wiring system in the building.

Thats actually good IMO. You wont have to worry about peoples heaters catching fire and stuff. Also you can always put on an extra blanket when its cold. I don't really have control of my heat and I constantly have the windows open and am on the verge of putting on the AC.

Also you will be plenty warm on the top floor. As I leanred in my dorm living that heat rises and the top floors of buildings are generally 4 or 5degrees warmer.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:02 PM
 
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guys, I just learned from the landlord that the studio on the 70s will not be for 1250. it is 1300 and I will have to pay extra for electric heat and electricty.

the other one is on 79th between East End and York and it is 1300 including electricty.

I know that both of them are good deal but for someone like me whose salary is a bit low. what would you choose? I even doubt it is realistic for me to pay 1300 rent if my monthly income is 2200.

any ideas? thanks.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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Keep looking.
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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why??
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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Because the vacancy rate is high and you can use these two offers to get a cheaper apt with maybe less amenities at the price you want.
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:44 PM
 
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I know those apartments on 79th - they're the old tenements used at the turn of the century erected by the City and Suburban Company and were the largest tenement development in the early 1900s. Some of them are landmarked.
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:09 PM
 
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Viralmd. Yes, it is what do you think about those buildings? yes, the company is City and Suburban.

Crescent, you are right. thank you. I will turn down the offer for the studio on 72nd. the landlord just informed me that the electricity bill will be anywhere between 80-180 a month. I tried to negotiate the rent but they refused.so that option is out.

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Old 11-02-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The 79th Street houses are in good repair these days, at least what I have noticed from the outside. And, I think it's sort of a neat, retro statement to live in one when the rest of the neighborhood has newer condo buildings. They evoke the earlier era when they were erected as affordable homes, that showcased that design and care could be attached to such a project without creating vast slums that had given the tenement a bad name. Today, the location is good, the neighborhood is good, and the rent includes electricity which helps with the budget.

The other property under consideration would give me pause because of the rider regarding overloading circuits,and being on the fifth floor is going to be very hot without strong air conditioning in the summer. I knew someone who lived in a building like that and if the phone rang and the machine picked up, when the microwave was on and a fan, or the television/computer, the power would go out in the entire building. This was in a pre-gentrified brownstone in Brooklyn, and was a few years ago, and I am not too sure that the conversion was actually legal, but it did have inadequate wiring for the modern lifestyle. And, since the landlord knows that to be a problem in the other apartment, it could make for difficulty in actually living in the apartment. You may be consigned to a low-power air conditioner that would not do too much to cool off the apartment, for example, so I would check on any restrictions regarding a/c prior to signing a lease.
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:25 PM
 
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thanks, BMW. actually, the rider is regarding the studio on 79th st and East end that has the wiring restrictions. the lease has warnings regarding having a heater but it allows A/C for extra money. I was planning on getting a small heater for the winter. I don't think it will overload the circuits?? the studio is on the second floor. do you think i shouldn't buy one?

the other studio on the 5th floor doesn't have any electricity restrictions simply becasue the tenant is responsible for electricty
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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guys, I just learned from the landlord that the studio on the 70s will not be for 1250. it is 1300 and I will have to pay extra for electric heat and electricty.

the other one is on 79th between East End and York and it is 1300 including electricty.

I know that both of them are good deal but for someone like me whose salary is a bit low. what would you choose? I even doubt it is realistic for me to pay 1300 rent if my monthly income is 2200.

any ideas? thanks.
I don't think you should be even thinking about renting a $1,300/mo apartment if your income is 2,200/mo .Am not even sure a landlord will let you rent a $1,200 or $1,300/mo apartment. They shouldn't,for their sake and for yours.
One should not spend more than 25%( tops) of one's income on rent, which means that you can't afford more than $550/mo in rent.
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