Apartment Guide for Finding a Place to Live

On any given day in NYC and the surrounding metro area, there are literally thousands of fantastic no fee apartments for rent, in all neighborhoods, in all sizes, for every budget. But in order to find YOUR dream home, you need the kind of proven preparation tips and excellent information only long-time New York City real estate insiders can provide.

The staff here at Urban Edge have been around the real estate game for decades, know the trends and developments, and, most important, have the crucial connections with the owners of New York City apartment buildings.

So if you're looking for a no fee NYC apartment, we suggest you first read through the information in these pages. Even veteran NYC apartment hunters will probably learn a thing or two. Then head over to our neighborhood guides, our directory of apartment buildings or our list of property managers and owners, and most importantly Urban Edge's up-to-the-minute available listings.


Top Ten Rental Guides

What is a No Fee Apartment? - We see this term all the time, but what does it mean? And are all no fee apartments created equal? We answer those questions for you.

Do I Need to Use a Broker? - What exactly do NYC real estate brokers do when I rent an apartment? The pros and cons of hiring a broker to help you find an apartment in NYC.

Renting in New  York City - Trying to find apartments for rent in NYC can seem to be a herculean task at first. How do I start? Where do I live? We break it all down for you.

Negotiating the Rent on a NY Apartment - Is it possible to get a lower rent than the one advertised? In certain cases: yes, absolutely. Here are some tips and tricks.

Rental Agreements and Application Information - Property managers and owners in NYC are generally more strict and require A LOT of paperwork.  Be prepared with this checklist.

Renting an Apartment with Bad Credit or Using a Lease Guarantor - Let's face it... not everyone has great credit.  Or maybe you're a student, or your parents are helping you with rent money.  Everything you need to know is here.

Roommates - You may want to live alone, but for many New Yorkers, the only way to get the apartment you want is to have a roommate. Read this, and avoid getting the roommate from... hades.

NYC Luxury Apartments - Apartments in NYC have more luxury amenities and services than ever before. Here's what you can expect for the money.

Student Housing - Dorm life not for you, or not available? Lean all about off campus housing in the world's greatest college town: New York City.

Pet Friendly Rentals - Lions and tigers and bears... welcome to the Bronx Zoo.  But if Fido or Fluffy will be joining you at home, here are tips on finding a place they will be welcome.


Cheap No Fee Apartments in NYC

Cheap Apartments - Looking for a cheap apartment in NYC? While some may say that is impossible, we have tips and hints for saving money in one of the most expensive real estate markets.

Low Income Housing - Whether you're looking for affordable housing or Section 8, you'll find information here to help you.


Storm and Hurricane Preparation

How to Prepare for a NYC Hurricane -- Whether you live in a high-rise, low-rise, house, flood zone, etc. we've got you covered. Learn what you need to know to survive during a hurricane, and after when power and services are shut down.


Short Term Rentals and Sublets

Sublets - Not ready to commit? Know you're only going to be in town for less than a year? A sublet apartment might be just what you're looking for.

Short Term Rentals & Corporate Apartments - Staying for an extended period of time, but don't want a hotel room? Short term housing could be just what you need. Rent a corporate apartment and save money over staying in expensive hotels.


Moving Guide and Resources

Moving Companies, Moving Trucks and Storage - Pay for movers, or do-it-yourself? There are pros and cons to consider before choosing the option that works best for you.

Moving Guide - Hate moving? Check out these tips, checklists and more to make your move go as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

Renters Insurance - If there is a fire in your building, your landlord’s insurance does NOT cover your personal belongings. Even on a tight budget, rental insurance is inexpensive.

Utilities, Cable, Internet and More Directory - [Coming Soon] Your one-stop directory to making sure the lights are on, and you can watch your favorite TV shows when you move in.

Moving to the USA - New York is the melting pot of the US, and the world. Relocating to NYC is tough enough, but coming from another country has special challenges.  We tell you how to make it easier.


Real Estate Terminology

Real Estate Definitions - Rent stabilized, pressurized walls, super, LEED certified, board package... here's a glossary of terms you may not be familiar with.

Real Estate Abbreviations - Listings for NY apartments can sometimes get a little abbreviation-happy, reading like a virtual alphabet soup of wics, wlkps, and wbfps. Read here, and you'll never have to guess again.

Apartment Size & Type - Ever wonder what a Junior 4 apartment is? How about a Classic Six? Or the ever-popular NYC favorite, Flexible 2?  Well wonder no more.

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