Easy NYC Renting!
New York City has three basic types of apartment buildings. Some NYC
neighborhoods are known more for a type of building. The Upper West Side is
know for it's beautiful brownstone walk up buildings. The Upper East Side is
known for it's full service doorman buildings.
The three main types of NYC apartment buildings are full
service/doorman, elevator and walk up.
These are the biggest and the grandest of all the buildings in NYC. The
apartments are modern and clean in finish. They offer the highest level of
security and service therefore convenience and comfort are easily attained.
The services range from full time doormen, roof deck, gym, laundry
facilities to swimming pool and children's playroom. Not all services are
available in each building although they all have doormen and laundry.
Elevator buildings do not have a doorman or the same services as a full
service/doorman building. These buildings may have a laundry facility and
tend to be a bit better quality than a walk up building. They cost less than
a full service building but more than a walk up.
Walk Up buildings do not have doormen or elevators. You will take the
stairs to "walk up" to your apartment. The advantage of these buildings is
character and space for price. The buildings can have 4 or 5 floors
and offer the most affordable apartments in the city. There is a great
variety in these building's apartments depending on how the landlord has
maintained the building and renovated the apartments.
Although buildings may look the same from the outside the way they are
owned and managed may be completely different. The time line for renting can
vary from 1 day to over a month depending on the type of ownership
There are 3 primary types of building ownership.
This is when a landlord owns the whole building. The rental process from
application to signing a lease and moving in can take from one day to a
week. The buildings can be walk ups or large full service buildings and the
management can manage from one to twenty five buildings. There is a minimal
processing charge, application fee, for applying for apartments.
A condo building is a building made up from individual owners and
investors that may own more than one apartment in the building. The building
is managed by a management company that handles rentals and sales. From
application for an apartment rental to move the timeline may take two to
four weeks. There are extra fees associated with an application and board
package for consideration by the Board of Directors. Your board package will
have more detailed personal information than an application package for an
apartment in a rental building. The main difference between a condo and coop
regarding a rental application is the management does not have the right to
decline a qualified applicant the owner has approved.
A coop is a building comprised of individual owners,not investors, who
may rent their apartments if the coop board allows them to, then only for a
year or two. The coop board usually requires detailed paperork and a
personal interview with prospective tenants. The coop board has the right to
refuse an applicant even if the owner has approved them. The application
process can take more than a month and after the coop board interview there
is still a risk you might not get the apartment. There are additional fees
associated with an application and board package.
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