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Old 07-05-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: NY
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Might be interesting to get a 'snapshot' of what most people are renting on Long Island nowadays and under what terms.

Which of the following do you rent, and do you have a written lease for a fixed term or do you just pay month to month in an informal arrangement with the landlord?

* An entire single family house

* Living in a house owned by a relative or in-law(s), and you pay them rent each month (as opposed to being a freeloading adult offspring, LOL)

* Apartment in a private house, landlord/owner lives on premises

* Apartment in a private house, landlord/owner lives elsewhere

* Garden apartment, apartment building, apartment within a commercial building such as over retail stores or offices in a village, etc. In other words something other than in an actual house. Obviously these will all have leases.

Also, for those who live in an apartment in a private home: Do you actually know whether or not your apartment is "legal"? Not just because a realtor or the landlord says it is, but have you made sure that it is? If you don't know, would it make a difference to you wanting to live there if it turned out to be an illegal apartment?

If you do know it's illegal, do you care/worry about that?

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Old 07-05-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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I rent the top floor of a house. I had a written lease that has since expired (two years ago).

The landlord lives on the premises (sometimes a pain in the neck but also good because things get fixed quickly).

My place is classified as a two family by the Nassau County Assessors office. My landlord told me that one of his previous tenants had to move out because at that time the apartment was not legal. Only when reassessment was done years ago he was allowed to have it reclassified as a two family.

Truth be told - I will be moving when I can afford it. I'm in what I would consider an attic, the stairs are steep and if there was a fire I'd be in trouble (I actually bought one of those fire ladders that you can drop out of a window just in case!)
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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I'm in the converted upstairs of a Levitt ranch, private entrance, landlord & family live on the first floor. I don't have a lease or any formal documents, landlord is a friend-of-a-friend and it's all very casual....the home is listed as single family but I don't wanna say it's the "I"-word just in case!

I grew up less than a mile from here, moved upstate for a few years then came back because of work....I never intended to still be living in this town, but the price was right and I knew I wouldn't have to worry about any drama with the landlord. Ideally, I'd much rather be living in a place like Huntington, Babylon or Long Beach but right now I don't wanna mess with a good thing. I always have my eyes open for some place new, but nothing that compelling has come along so far. Prices in renter-friendly areas haven't really come down much, either.

I'll probably stay here another 6-12 months unless something drastic changes (for the better!) with my work situation.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:17 PM
 
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I live in Atlantic Point in Bellport. I LOVE it here! I have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car attached garage, washer/dryer in the apt, & whole place pre-wired for internet/phones. mine is a townhouse rental (2 floors) so we really feel like we're in a house. i pay $1920 a mont & you can sign anywhere from 6 months to a 2 year lease. i've been here 2 1/2 years already & honestly dont want to leave but we're slowly starting to grow out of this place. we have 2 young girls & their toys have officially taken over! but the garage is so key. also there's a 24 hour gym, 3 pools, tennis, 2 kiddie playgrounds. and it's beautiful-no garbage ever, lakes, beautfully landscaped! i sound like a salesperson! but for the smaller units they are pretty reasonable for LI.

here's the linK; Welcome to Atlantic Point
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:12 PM
 
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A single family house with a yearly lease.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:35 PM
 
Location: I'm gettin' there
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Living in same apartment complex since 2004, my 3rd consecutive 2 year lease ends this Sept !
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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We rent in a four apartment Victorian in Northport. Landlord is thankfully not on the premises. We did sign a lease, but the terms are very flexible (can opt out at any time). House is pre-Civil War, and so, "quirky" (i.e., possibly haunted and the fuse blows all the time).

Have rented in two different towns before this, one was an annex (no lease/friend's house) and one was a cottage w/fixed lease.

I believe a homeowner has to get a certificate to make an apartment legal on their property. I guess if it wasn't technically legal, he'd have more to worry about than you (fines)...maybe ask a lawyer.
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:45 PM
 
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we're in a legal 2, owner lives elsewhere. i've lived in an illegal apt. and it was such a mess, i would never do it again- and i'd make sure it was not illegal.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Suffolk, LI
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We're in a whole house rental; one year lease.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:01 AM
 
Location: East Northport
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IMy place is classified as a two family by the Nassau County Assessors office. My landlord told me that one of his previous tenants had to move out because at that time the apartment was not legal. Only when reassessment was done years ago he was allowed to have it reclassified as a two family.
Just because a house is taxed as a two family, does not mean that it is legal.
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