That's like flopping a carcass into shark infested waters...and not expecting to get bit in the rear. Use an AGENT... pay the fee, and avoid being scammed.
It sounds and looks too good to be true............doubt very much it is real.
And, - Murray Hill is in the EAST 30's not the west 30's...so they didn't even get the area's name right.....another red flag
Be very careful of any listings that look too good to be true as this one does......and NEVER, ever wire money to anyone claiming to be the owner. I bet if you contact this person you will be given some story about why they cannot show you the unit in person......the scammers always have a story.
In regard to finding a studio for $1400, with no fee, I will have to leave that information to my fellow agents who work in the city......
So if you're dead set on not using a broker, then good luck. You could find this place on your own, especially with the info I just gave you. But as I said- it is the only studio in that area for that price. Most cheap studios, depending on what you consider "midtown", are at least 1700/mo and on the water.
But it's an adventure. Take your time, do your homework, and see what you can find!
Below are some tip to recognize possible illegal apartments. I hope this helps.
We want to share with you a number of tips for recognizing an illegal apartment provided by the Department of Buildings. These include:
RENTâ€”Rents that are significantly lower than comparable apartments.
EGRESSâ€”Tenant should be able to access all available exits either directly from the unit or a public hallway. Apartments require two means of egress.
WINDOWSâ€”Legal rooms require windows whose minimum size is twelve square feet. Total window area must be one-tenth of the room size.
UTILITIESâ€”A listing in which utilities are included in the rent may be a way to prevent the disclosure of an illegal apartment.
MAILâ€”Tenants should be able to receive mail at the building address and should not be required to obtain a separate P. O. Box.
These are a few tips that may indicate that the apartment may not be a legal dwelling unit.
Midtown inventory is tight as a drum now. With low inventory and many renters come spiraling prices. A classic case of supply and demand in the grand New York manner. Besides, we're not going to just give it away. Better expand your target area and get a broker. Good luck.
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