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Jim Fitzgerld, Renter in New York, NY

How do I verify ownership of a New York City apartment being rented by an owner in London?

Asked by Jim Fitzgerld, New York, NY Tue Feb 14, 2012

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Thanks for the advice. I didn't have to go so far as to verify ownership. The listing was a scam--they wanted to use TNT to facilitate key and deposit exchange. A quick call to TNT revealed they don't provide such services. That and the atrocious English used in the "lessor's" correspondence convinced me once again that when something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
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Without much information, begin by checking with management...
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If it is a Manhattan coop it is unlikely that it can be rented to you without board approval and probably an interview. If it is a condo it is possible that an owner could rent to you without restriction. If it is a small building like a brownstone or townhouse it is possible that there is an owner of the building but there needs to be a superintendent (caretaker) listed at the building or nearby. If it is a larger building the owners will most likely employ a management company. (Also if the home is in Brooklyn or Queens or the Bronx it could be a private home and they may not have the same requirements of posting the super's contact info)
Here is a link to info from NY state about apartment renting:
Jolie Muss
Licensed Manhattan Real Estate Broker & Brokerage
"The Upper West Side's Buyer Broker"
331 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023
Office: 212 721-3301 Email:
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Go to the building talk to the super and get the contact information for the management company. Talk to them for confirmation of ownership. Do not send any money to anyone until you have seen the apartment and verified the ownership and his right to rent.

Fran and Mark Redding
Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors
1010 stonyhill Road
Yardley, PA 19067
215-321-3307 Direct
215-208-7169 Cell
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