When is the best time to rent in NYC?

Asked by Jen Mahajan, 10016 Mon Sep 13, 2010

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Mon Sep 13, 2010
Seasonally - the winter! (November and December specifically!).

Soft Market - if you rented in a hot market it might be time to move and get that lower rent for a better apartment.

Stay where you are - if you don't need to move, don't. Renegotiate some nice rent with current landlord. Landlords like tenants that are quiet and pay their rent on time.

Rent vs Buy - many great calculators that can help answer this question - it is specific to New York City and the individual. (When you start to see rents rise in large volumes, it may be moving towards a good time to buy especially in an up and coming neighborhood).

Time line - if you are staying in the city for only a couple years or your future is up in the air, rent.
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Glenn Minnick, , Upper West Side, New York, NY
Fri Sep 24, 2010
Spring and Fall are the busiest times for rentals (May and August are especially busy as people want to move into apartments before the summer begins or school starts). If you're asking the best time to negotiate a great deal...December-February and June/July...fewer tenants are out looking and landlord's are usually more negotiable. If you're looking to rent a high-end condo in NYC, start looking at least six weeks before the date you need to move...many condo rental applications take 2-3 weeks for approval and these landlords generally re-list their properties 2 months before their current tenant vacates.

In general, rental rates are beginning to go up again in Manhattan as inventory dwindles. Many would-be buyers cannot obtain financing now with the tougher lending requirements so they are renting for the time-being.

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Dennis Ellis…, , New York, NY
Fri Sep 17, 2010
During the first two weeks of a month in order to move into an apartment the following month.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Sep 13, 2010
It's always a good time to rent, whenever you need and are ready to rent based on your finances, wants, needs, lifestyle.
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We all know anytime we can find a place. He wants to know cheaper time to move in!
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We all know anytime we can find a place. He wants to know cheaper time to move in!
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Sami, , New York, NY
Mon Sep 13, 2010
There is usually larger demand for smaller apartments i.e. studios and one bedrooms from May through the summer, however larger apartments remain steady through the year. This short term fluctuation doesnt really affect prices much so its not as if apartments are cheaper in May its ust a function of the normal turnover of college grads and new hires.
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Jason Haber, Agent, New York, NY
Mon Sep 13, 2010
Short answer: when you need an apartment! Long answer, the rental market in NYC tends to be cyclical with the peak season from the middle of May to late August. However, in a city with as low a vacancy rate as we have, rentals units tend to go fast when they are appropriately priced, regardless of the time of year. I'd be happy to help you if you need further assistance renting an apartment. Check out our website where you can search for listings, http://www.rubiconNYC.com.
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