Let’s say you are in New York and looking for a great place to live. Let’s say you have finally found the perfect apartment in New York. Before you move in, there are some things which need to be taken care of first.
The first thing you need is your financials. This might have been mentioned before, but sometimes it bares repeating. When you live in New York, you have to prove yourself. You really have to prove that you belong there. If you don’t, you will never get your dream apartment.
Get all your financials together. Ask your bank for your records. Ask your place of employment for your stubs, if you don’t have them already. You need to show the landlord you can afford the place.
Living in New York is expensive. Most small places go for roughly $1500 a month or more. Can you afford this? Most landlords will ask that you make double this amount, even in the ghetto areas. You will get laughed at if you are not pulling down a decent amount of money. You think I am kidding, just try it. See how far you get.
Hire a lawyer. Some look at this as a last resort type of thing. I am here to tell you a lawyer is needed. Going in to make a deal without the proper representation will only get you in trouble.
New York is known for playing very dirty. People will say one thing, then do another. People will make promises to you, promises which they have no intention of keeping. This happens everywhere, but in New York especially.
Hire a lawyer and go in for the initial meeting. This shows the landlord that you aren’t there to play games. It also shows the landlord that you are not a sucker. With your lawyer there, your landlord has to be honest with you. This works to your advantage, not to his. When you bring along your lawyer, you find out what his/her real intentions are. You find out where this landlord’s loyalties really do lie.
Have your lawyer get everything down in writing. I am serious on this one. If someone promises you something, get it in writing. When it’s not in writing, the other side can back track. The other side can go back on his/her words. Don’t be a sucker here.
LOOK AROUND AND DON’T BUY INTO THE GAMES
Don’t just settle on the first place you find. Take your lawyer with you and look at the neighborhood. Make sure the neighborhood is the right fit for you. Look over the place a few times.
Don’t get bullied into the landlord’s games either. Your landlord is there to make money, not be your new best friend. Don’t confuse the two. Just because he/she appears nice and friendly, doesn’t mean the person really cares. Just because the person desires you, doesn’t mean he/she values you. Remember that.
Don’t get pressured into a decision, even if he/she tells you they have another offer. If it’s meant to be, it will be. It’s kind of like a job offer. If the person really wants you, he/she will go out of their way to get you.
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