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Thu Apr 27, 2017
Sonny Katz answered:
It will be tough. Most landlords require a credit check among other requirements.
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Fri Apr 14, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You're NUTS!! As a former realtor and NYC area resident, a normal size 2 bedroom, laundry room and heat / hot water = $4 - 5,000./month in the nice / safe areas and about $3,000./month in low income areas. A small 2 bedroom = $3,000. in the better neighborhoods and about $2,000. in the low income neighborhoods.

Your budget of $1800. was last seen in 2008 - 2010. It's now 2017. You also need to learn that utilities are never included. Landlords cannot control what a tenant spends on utilities so therefore the tenant must pay for it separately.

You should try looking in Nassau County. Rents are much cheaper than Brooklyn. There is excellent public transportation - Long Island Railroad and public busses - they do go into Brooklyn and Queens too.
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Sun Mar 26, 2017
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Fri Mar 24, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
1. As for the $1850. deposit, either call your bank or go online and see if the check was deducted (cashed). If it's not deducted yet, put a stop payment on the check. You will pay a fee for this, but the broker is out the money.

2. To contact the landlord directly, does your building have a property management company? Call them and ask for the name or phone number of the owner / landlord. You can also register your complaint with the property management company. You don't need to go thru the broker.

3. New York City is very tenant friendly - the laws favor tenants - not landlords.

4. Tell the broker that you will be happy to write negative reviews all over the internet. If your rental was located outside NYC, the normal method would be to speak with the Office Manager / Broker in Charge and if necessary - contact the local / state Board of Realtors. However, in NYC, this is a waste of time and won't get you points because in NYC, brokers, their managers and REBNY all stick up for each other. The NY State Board of Realtors doesn't do anything for NYC either. Your best bet is to write negative reviews online because that puts agents on notice since future renters read reviews and it forces the agent to change their behavior + you get a solution much faster.

5. You may need to take a day off work but go to the New York City Housing Dept, and fill out a complaint form for the $1,850. deposit. Not sure what the next step will be but the Housing Dept. will act on your behalf.

6. Hope you find a new job soon. If it helps, you should expand your search to ALL of New York City and the nearby suburbs. Look at it this way, in Westchester County search White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Tarrytown, Eastchester, Scarsdale, etc. - all are places that have jobs and housing is much cheaper than anywhere in New York City. Also try Nassau County (Long Island) - plenty of places / towns with jobs and housing is much cheaper than New York City.
For transportation - the suburbs do have buses that run frequently and they go to New York City too. Also there is the commuter railroads - Long Island Railroad to Penn Station or MetroNorth to Grand Central. From most suburban towns it takes 30 minutes during rush hours (express trains).
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Fri Mar 3, 2017
Maricris A answered:
Hi,

I sent an email to you about this concern.

Regards,

Maricris
Consumer Care advocate
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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Jj2man2001 answered:
Visit your local agent, trulia is just a web site that gives you more info. Your Local agent around you is the best way to look for a house to buy or rent one
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Thu Dec 1, 2016
Yukie answered:
Hi, Carolann, I am an agent. Right now
one bedroom apartment is available. If you are interested, just call me 347-237-1018.
Jane
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Thu Dec 1, 2016
Soulflbklynite asked:
I am looking for a studio with 1 bath, 1 bedroom or basement apartment, preferably utilities included (but open) for at least $1000 to $1,200
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Sun Nov 27, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You need to expand your search. If your income is $77,000. and you have good credit, you should be able to find a rental without LINC in the Bronx, Staten Island and parts of Queens. You can also rent in better neighborhoods than Bed-Stuy & Crown Heights. Some good neighborhoods in the Bronx - Pelham Parkway, Allerton Ave., City Island, Eastchester Rd., Cruger Ave., Williamsbridge Rd., Bronx Park East, etc.

I would also try Nassau County. Your LINC voucher won't work but on a $77,000. income, you should find a rental that is affordable.
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