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(New York Daily News)   What? You expect to only pay $300 a month in Brooklyn in rent and expect to not have to deal with an infestation of rats, bedbugs, mold and even silverfish in your apartment? Hey, this ain't Joisey ya know   (nydailynews.com) divider line 76
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2013-03-07 05:50:07 PM  
Living in the hell-hole called NY? Brooklyn? They should pay me and have planes flying into buildings once a month for my entertainment.

I only pray if we get nuked, NYC & LA & Chicago go first & go hard.
 
2013-03-07 05:53:04 PM  
i2.listal.com
 
2013-03-07 06:02:49 PM  
$300?  I had a hard time finding a 1/2 way decent place in Brooklyn for under $2,000.  And I'm in Carroll Gardens, far from the Hipsterville that is Greenpoint/Williamsburg.
 
2013-03-07 06:26:56 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I wish people would just accept basic concepts of Supply and demand.  Adding legislation doesn't help.  It's easy to say everyone should have *at least* a 900 sq. ft. apartment.  If you pass a law that says as much, all you'll get is people who can afford *at least* a 900 sq. ft. apartment and homeless people.

These people knew what they were getting when they rented the place they did.  If they had better options they would have taken it.  Now, after they've agreed to the conditions and price; they want 'the law' to come in and get them free renovations.  They refuse to leave.  And they'll refuse to pay more in rent.

Ultimately, they'll probably get what they want.  Which is to be homeless.  It happens every time a government tries to legislate an increase in everyone's 'standard of living'.

//Lives in a 400 sq. ft. apartment
///Who do I get to sue?


I'd start with your parents.
 
2013-03-07 06:37:05 PM  

ghare: Fark_Guy_Rob:
//Lives in a 400 sq. ft. apartment
///Who do I get to sue?

I'd start with your parents.


How about the school district?
 
2013-03-07 08:28:32 PM  

skozlaw: "Even" silverfish?

I got news for you subby, out of those four options, the silverfish are the least of your concerns by about a hundred miles. Unless you're a book collector or something. They're just really ugly.


Here for this. Though subby may have just been quoting the article.

Just have a silverfish-fry! Everything is tasty when breaded.
 
2013-03-07 08:37:47 PM  
Though what I really hate?

www.itechfreak.com

Ear rigs.
 
2013-03-07 08:41:29 PM  
Considering that probably 1/2 of all people who've ever referenced something they called a "silverfish" are incapable of actually identifying the creature commonly known as a silverfish, I don't really trust the "silverfish" siting reports.  Ever.

NOTE: Centipedes are not silverfish.  Your nasty roaches are not silverfish.  Spiders are not silverfish.  Crickets are not silverfish.  STOP BEING SO GOD DAMNED STUPID AND IGNORANT.
 
2013-03-07 08:54:56 PM  
Fark that. If it were me, I'd just try and get the health dept. to condemn the place, and go find a homeless shelter.
 
2013-03-07 08:56:36 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Considering that probably 1/2 of all people who've ever referenced something they called a "silverfish" are incapable of actually identifying the creature commonly known as a silverfish, I don't really trust the "silverfish" siting reports.  Ever.

NOTE: Centipedes are not silverfish.  Your nasty roaches are not silverfish.  Spiders are not silverfish.  Crickets are not silverfish.  STOP BEING SO GOD DAMNED STUPID AND IGNORANT.


Even silver fish are not silverfish.
 
2013-03-07 09:23:42 PM  

Katie98_KT: Kraftwerk Orange: damageddude: Kraftwerk Orange: When my wife and I were still just dating, I would help her spruce up her apartment. The landlord didn't mind if we did work ourselves

Years ago (late 1980s) I had a friend whose parents were renters in a 2 family home in Brooklyn. Back then the laws were very favorable for renters and the only way you could be evicted from such an apartment was if the owner wanted to use the unit himself or for someone in the family (law may still be like that I have no idea). Her parents' philosophy was that even though they weren't owners, they'd fix up the apartment they were renting as if they were the owner since they wanted to live in something nice.They had done this in previous apartments and never had an issue when they moved onto a new place. After moving, getting their new landlord's OK and being told he had no plans to use the apartment for himself or family member, they fixed up their new place, spending quite a bit of money.

Sure enough the landlord, seeing the new flooring, wall paper and other fixtures, all of the sudden decided he wanted the apartment back noting that aside from the ceiling fans the parents couldn't their improvements with them. The parents asked for reimbursement for their improvements but were denied. They were so mad they spent their last days destroying every single improvement they had made and told the LL to keep their deposit.

We didn't expect to keep anything except the ceiling fans, and we were allowed to deduct costs of improvements from rent, so I've got no complaints there.  The reason we sued in small claims - and won - was because the landlord never returned the security deposit.  There was no way in hell she could argue the place wasn't in better condition when we left.

I know we'll never collect on the judgement, small claims courts are pretty much unenforceable and she doesn't have anything of value, aside from the house.  Which, I mentioned, she's about to lose in foreclosure.  ...


Ive never not gotten my security deposit back in full.  In fact when i lived in Brooklyn, I had to leave and go back to Florida, midterm. The landlord said he understood (it was job related) and returned my deposit.  I cleaned the place pretty good, I guess. I honestly didn't expect to get it back as I had broken my lease but his secretary called me and asked where I wanted it sent.

On another note.  I had a great super in that building.  When something was broken, he'd come up and fix it within a day.  I always gave him some beer and didn't biatch when he smoked while working.  I just opened the windows.  Not necessarily ideal but when I heard some horror stories from friends in other buildings who could never get things fixed, I didn't complain.
 
2013-03-07 09:50:57 PM  

Joe Peanut: $300?  I had a hard time finding a 1/2 way decent place in Brooklyn for under $2,000.  And I'm in Carroll Gardens, far from the Hipsterville that is Greenpoint/Williamsburg.


My flatmate and I are paying 1700 or so for a two bedroom in Crown Heights. The stretch between Eastern Parkway and the A/C is going to be crazy cheap for just a little bit longer, and then skyrocket in five years or so. We have a decent sized living room and a separate (!) decent sized dining room.

If you're paying $2000 just for a room, that's insane for Brooklyn, unless you want Park Slope or something fancy shmancy.

Polish Greenpoint/Little Warsaw is cool. You see drunk guys with bottles of Zubrowka passed out on the park bench at 11 in the morning. Hipster Greenpoint is less fun.
 
2013-03-07 10:12:11 PM  

Seth'n'Spectrum: Joe Peanut: $300?  I had a hard time finding a 1/2 way decent place in Brooklyn for under $2,000.  And I'm in Carroll Gardens, far from the Hipsterville that is Greenpoint/Williamsburg.

My flatmate and I are paying 1700 or so for a two bedroom in Crown Heights. The stretch between Eastern Parkway and the A/C is going to be crazy cheap for just a little bit longer, and then skyrocket in five years or so. We have a decent sized living room and a separate (!) decent sized dining room.

If you're paying $2000 just for a room, that's insane for Brooklyn, unless you want Park Slope or something fancy shmancy.

Polish Greenpoint/Little Warsaw is cool. You see drunk guys with bottles of Zubrowka passed out on the park bench at 11 in the morning. Hipster Greenpoint is less fun.


Did I say a room?  I said a decent place.
 
2013-03-07 10:17:05 PM  

Joe Peanut: $300?  I had a hard time finding a 1/2 way decent place in Brooklyn for under $2,000.  And I'm in Carroll Gardens, far from the Hipsterville that is Greenpoint/Williamsburg.


I was in Bay Ridge.  One Bedroom, third floor in a pre-war elevator building.  in 2006 I was paying $950 in a rent (stabilized or controlled) can't remember the difference.  Rents in general may have gone up a lot since then, not sure.  I was 2 blocks from the Bay Ridge R stop which was nice.
 
2013-03-07 10:40:47 PM  

Katie98_KT: Kraftwerk Orange: damageddude: Kraftwerk Orange: When my wife and I were still just dating, I would help her spruce up her apartment. The landlord didn't mind if we did work ourselves

Years ago (late 1980s) I had a friend whose parents were renters in a 2 family home in Brooklyn. Back then the laws were very favorable for renters and the only way you could be evicted from such an apartment was if the owner wanted to use the unit himself or for someone in the family (law may still be like that I have no idea). Her parents' philosophy was that even though they weren't owners, they'd fix up the apartment they were renting as if they were the owner since they wanted to live in something nice.They had done this in previous apartments and never had an issue when they moved onto a new place. After moving, getting their new landlord's OK and being told he had no plans to use the apartment for himself or family member, they fixed up their new place, spending quite a bit of money.

Sure enough the landlord, seeing the new flooring, wall paper and other fixtures, all of the sudden decided he wanted the apartment back noting that aside from the ceiling fans the parents couldn't their improvements with them. The parents asked for reimbursement for their improvements but were denied. They were so mad they spent their last days destroying every single improvement they had made and told the LL to keep their deposit.

We didn't expect to keep anything except the ceiling fans, and we were allowed to deduct costs of improvements from rent, so I've got no complaints there.  The reason we sued in small claims - and won - was because the landlord never returned the security deposit.  There was no way in hell she could argue the place wasn't in better condition when we left.

I know we'll never collect on the judgement, small claims courts are pretty much unenforceable and she doesn't have anything of value, aside from the house.  Which, I mentioned, she's about to lose in foreclosure.  The bank will be l ...

I've never gotten a security deposit back in full. I just assume that the money is gone once I pay it. Never seen a landlord return it.


I am five for five, but it is probably different in suburban apts
 
2013-03-07 11:10:32 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Joe Peanut: $300?  I had a hard time finding a 1/2 way decent place in Brooklyn for under $2,000.  And I'm in Carroll Gardens, far from the Hipsterville that is Greenpoint/Williamsburg.

I was in Bay Ridge.  One Bedroom, third floor in a pre-war elevator building.  in 2006 I was paying $950 in a rent (stabilized or controlled) can't remember the difference.  Rents in general may have gone up a lot since then, not sure.  I was 2 blocks from the Bay Ridge R stop which was nice.


I was in Bay Ridge many years ago.  Too far from my job in Midtown Manhattan.  Easily 1:30 to 2:00 of very stressful subway commute.  Now I'm 45 minutes by bike and boat.
 
2013-03-07 11:18:34 PM  

Seth'n'Spectrum: Joe Peanut: $300?  I had a hard time finding a 1/2 way decent place in Brooklyn for under $2,000.  And I'm in Carroll Gardens, far from the Hipsterville that is Greenpoint/Williamsburg.

My flatmate and I are paying 1700 or so for a two bedroom in Crown Heights. The stretch between Eastern Parkway and the A/C is going to be crazy cheap for just a little bit longer, and then skyrocket in five years or so. We have a decent sized living room and a separate (!) decent sized dining room.

If you're paying $2000 just for a room, that's insane for Brooklyn, unless you want Park Slope or something fancy shmancy.


I lived in the North Slope from 2006 to 2009. My rent was under $1600 a month for a one bedroom apartment with an eat-in kitchen.

Rent stabilization is a beautiful thing.
 
2013-03-08 01:07:40 AM  
Okay... I've figured out the rat problem in New York.

www.theepochtimes.com

That's not during a strike.
 
2013-03-08 04:32:59 AM  

CujoQuarrel: you have pee hands: I wouldn't live anywhere in Jersey they'd rent me for $300 a month, either.


This coming from a guy who lives in Alabama?? Oh fark you.
 
2013-03-08 09:03:32 AM  

MrHappyRotter: Considering that probably 1/2 of all people who've ever referenced something they called a "silverfish" are incapable of actually identifying the creature commonly known as a silverfish, I don't really trust the "silverfish" siting reports.  Ever.

NOTE: Centipedes are not silverfish.  Your nasty roaches are not silverfish.  Spiders are not silverfish.  Crickets are not silverfish.  STOP BEING SO GOD DAMNED STUPID AND IGNORANT.


Where do you live? I don't ever want to make you mad. Have a wonderful day!
 
2013-03-08 10:32:23 AM  

EbolaNYC: This coming from a guy who lives in Alabama?? Oh fark you.


Alabama?  Where'd you get that from?  I'm 15 miles outside Philly whatever that means.  And my point is that anywhere in Joisey you can rent for $300 is going to be a shiathole too, not that there's nowhere worth living there.  I had an apartment in Jersey for I think $650 a month 6 or 8 years ago and it wasn't particularly nice.
 
2013-03-08 01:30:02 PM  

damageddude: Kraftwerk Orange: When my wife and I were still just dating, I would help her spruce up her apartment. The landlord didn't mind if we did work ourselves

Years ago (late 1980s) I had a friend whose parents were renters in a 2 family home in Brooklyn. Back then the laws were very favorable for renters and the only way you could be evicted from such an apartment was if the owner wanted to use the unit himself or for someone in the family (law may still be like that I have no idea). Her parents' philosophy was that even though they weren't owners, they'd fix up the apartment they were renting as if they were the owner since they wanted to live in something nice.They had done this in previous apartments and never had an issue when they moved onto a new place. After moving, getting their new landlord's OK and being told he had no plans to use the apartment for himself or family member, they fixed up their new place, spending quite a bit of money.

Sure enough the landlord, seeing the new flooring, wall paper and other fixtures, all of the sudden decided he wanted the apartment back noting that aside from the ceiling fans the parents couldn't their improvements with them. The parents asked for reimbursement for their improvements but were denied. They were so mad they spent their last days destroying every single improvement they had made and told the LL to keep their deposit.


That is really immature of your friends parents. If the landlord does not agree to reimburse you or exchange improvements for rent don't do them. If you do them on your own dime you are an idiot and if you destroy the improvements you are a criminal destroying someones property. Your friends parents should have been jailed and sued. If I tell my tenants not to work on my property and they ignore me they will be evicted. If they destroy my property I'm pressing charges and they will get a judgement on their credit. If they want to pull some amateur DIY they can buy their own home.
 
2013-03-08 03:14:23 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Fark_Guy_Rob: Lives in a 400 sq. ft. apartment

Holy crap! My pool room is about that size. I don't consider the house I'm renting to be "palacial" by any stretch of the imagination, but it's about 1500 sq. ft. 3 bedroom / 2 bath (and a pool room), covered carport, and a backyard, in central-Las Vegas. And at $1029 per month (including sewer and trash pick-up), it seems like a bargain. Mind if I ask what your rent is on a 400 sq. ft. apartment in (I'm assuming)NY?


I'm living in Dublin (Ireland) these days.  My current rent is 900 euro per month (roughly $1,200 USD depending on the exchange rate).  As a general rule, everything is much smaller here than it was in the US, after a short while you really don't notice the space (too much).   I also have a wife and a dog.  If I were living by myself, I'd be perfectly fine with 250-300 sq ft....but in some places it's not legal to rent a place that small.  Unless you are a University, but that's another story.
 
2013-03-08 04:01:08 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Joe Peanut: $300?  I had a hard time finding a 1/2 way decent place in Brooklyn for under $2,000.  And I'm in Carroll Gardens, far from the Hipsterville that is Greenpoint/Williamsburg.

I was in Bay Ridge.  One Bedroom, third floor in a pre-war elevator building.  in 2006 I was paying $950 in a rent (stabilized or controlled) can't remember the difference.  Rents in general may have gone up a lot since then, not sure.  I was 2 blocks from the Bay Ridge R stop which was nice.


That sounds way too expensive for bay ridge. I'm in Ditmas park and was paying 1150 for a 600sq.ft. one bedroom. Course, outs going up to 1400 in a month, but still not bad.
 
2013-03-09 10:23:44 PM  

FarkedOver: What does Jello Biafra think of this?

The Landlord's here to visit
They're blasting disco down below
Sez, "I'm doubling up the rent
Cos the building's condemned
You're gonna help me buy City Hall"

But we can, you know we can
But we can, you know we can
Let's lynch the landlord man


pixhost.me
 
2013-03-11 10:47:59 AM  

Mija: If you do them on your own dime you are an idiot and if you destroy the improvements you are a criminal destroying someones property. Your friends parents should have been jailed and sued. If I tell my tenants not to work on my property and they ignore me they will be evicted. If they destroy my property I'm pressing charges and they will get a judgement on their credit.


Not quite. They took their property -- newer interior doors, window treatments, carpeting, light fixtures, appliances etc (when my wife and I were renters we considered taking a ceiling fan we put up with us and put the original light fixture back but decided it wasn't worth the effort, LL didn't care either way).

It has been a long time and I don't recall the details anymore but as I recall the landlord gave them his blessing for the improvements saying he had no plans to use the apartment for himself in the near future then turned around and said he wanted the apartment for his family. I can't recall if they simply scratched the wall paper or took it down and repainted or what they did to the floors -- this was about 25 years ago. And i think they replaced the appliances with the originals or the equivalent.

Also, keep in mind this is NYC -- law is very generous to tenants. The LL is lucky they didn't try to fight the eviction. They could have stayed in that apartment rent free for months.
 
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