StuyTown Renter's Guide

Read the StuyTown Renter's Guide for some considerations to take into account when leasing an apartment and NYC.

Click on the links below to read more about the different topics you may face when leasing an apartment in New York City.

Questions to Ask When Renting an Apartment in NYC

What is a Guarantor and Do I Need One?

Signing The Lease

If your search for the perfect rental has ended and you are now ready to sign the lease, you may be unsure of what the process involves. Perhaps you think all you need to do is put your signature on the paper. However, since you will be signing a legally-binding contract that will be many pages long, it is important to know what you are signing and what you are committing to in your lease agreement. Click on the section header to read more.

Scams and Fraudulent Listings

Anyone searching for an apartment should be aware of some of the more common scams that can be found in both online and offline rental listings. Click on the section header to see a list of some of the potential warning signs that may indicate a scam.

What Can I Afford?

Renting an apartment begins with delving into one’s own finances, so a prospective renter knows exactly how much rent they can afford. Click on the section header to see several rules of thumb that can make the calculations easier.

Can A Landlord Enter My Apartment?

Right to privacy is an important concern when renting an apartment. Many renters worry about their privacy and wonder if a landlord is allowed to enter their apartment at any time and without notice. While laws vary based on state and city, there are general rules that are consistent. The right of a landlord to enter an apartment follows three base rules. Click on the section header to read more.