Rental Guide for smart renters


Hello New York Apartment Renters,

Thanks for browsing’s Rental Guide for Smart Renters.

Finding an attractive, reasonably-priced rental apartment in a New York City neighborhood that matches your personality is what living in New York is all about.

In this rental guide, you will discover many tips to make your apartment search easier, faster and less expensive. Just as importantly, this rental guide will help you land the apartment you want - simply because you will be knowledgeable about the process, well organized during your search, and properly prepared during the application process.

In this rental guide, we will share with you everything we know about renting an apartment in New York without using a broker. We’ve been in the NYC rental business for over 35 years: For 15 of those years, we were a traditional fee-based brokerage service. Starting in 1995, however, our original website (Rent - pioneered the internet-based, no broker fee approach to apartment rentals, and now we’re the largest Apartment Information Vendor in New York. We had to overcome a lot of landlord and customer skepticism to demonstrate that the “No Broker Fee” search can be successful, a time saver, and a huge money saver. Now we want to share our tips with you because we know that they work.

Some of you (the lucky ones!) will use the information on this website along with the help of Advisors to get leads on available properties that match your requirements and desires. Perhaps the tips in this book will inspire some of you to search for an apartment completely on your own. Whichever route you choose, we wish you the very best of success in the hunt, and then health and happiness in your new home.

Email us your rental story so we can share it with others. We love hearing your success stories!


Larry Rosenberg

Table of Contents

  1. 1.About Free Websites and Brokers

  2. 2.The Big Secret

  3. 3.About Referrals

  4. 4.Your Rental Strategy

  5. 5.About Pets

  6. 6.About Guarantors

  7. 7.About Credit

  8. 8.About Bad Credit

  9. 9.About Government Programs

  10. 10.Short Term and/or Furnished Rentals

  11. 11.Are You an Expat?

  12. 12.Charm the Landlord

  13. 13.Checklists

  14. 14.Your Cover Letter

  15. 15.Before You Sign a Lease

  16. 16.The Application Package

  17. 17.Safety and Security

  18. 18.Applying for Your Apartment

  19. 19.Congratulations!


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In this guide, we will share with you everything we know about how to rent an apartment in New York without using a broker.

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