How to Find an Apartment in NYC: A Guide for Students – Landlord / Lease

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While you shouldn’t be suspicious of everyone in New York, you need to be on your guard around your landlord. One of the most common issues with landlords is that they find reasons to not give you your security deposit back. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen to you, and no long legal battle ensues, demand a walk-thru and a walk-out when you move into the apartment and exit. If your landlord doesn’t want to do this, request the super does it with you instead. Take plenty of pictures of the floors, the appliances, and the walls as you’re moving in. If there are any major problems with the apartment, bring them to the attention of your super and landlord as soon as possible. You may think some scratches on the floor or a dent in a door isn’t a big deal, but your landlord may attempt to hold onto part of your security deposit, claiming there was damage done. If you take extra steps in the beginning, you won’t have to deal with a larger problem later.

You should keep both your super’s phone number and your landlord’s number saved in your phone, especially if your super doesn’t live in the building. Additionally you should familiarize yourself with a list of tenant rights and responsibilities, which can easily be found online.

By Alex Agahigian

Alex Agahigian was one of the Campus Clipper’s talented publishing interns, who wrote an e-book on how to find an apartment in NYC. Follow our blog to read more chapters from Alex’s e-book and use her advice to make your own apartment-hunting more fun and easy. For over 20 years, the Campus Clipper has been offering awesome student discounts in NYC,  from the East Side to Greenwich Village. Along with inspiration, the company offers students a special coupon booklet and the Official Student Guide, which encourage them to discover new places in the city and save money on food, clothing and services.  

At the Campus Clipper, not only do we help our interns learn new skills, make money, and create wonderful ebooks, we give them a platform to teach others. Follow each new blog post to read a chapter of our various books and to learn how the Campus Clipper can help you follow your dreams!

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