The last apartment I saw with Scott (her husband) was actually decent with an enviable closet. It was even in an elevator building with laundry downstairs (bonus!) and I was planning on applying for it, but not before questioning their bed bug history. By law, you are owed a bed bug report after filling out the application before signing the lease. This particular building came up online in a bed bug registry with many people saying you should never live there. With this red flag, I asked Scott to look into this because why should I waste money applying for something that's not up to my standards? Needless to say, the building did in fact have a bed bug issue so there went that.
The day before meeting Scott, I came across a listing for a renovated studio on the UES for a really great price. I called the owner who directed me to the super who set up a time to meet me and show me the place. I met him right before meeting Scott, because I knew I wanted this apartment. Turns out, there were two apartments available but the renovated one was more expensive than the listing said. Not surprising, just annoying. I didn't care because it was within my budget and a minimal $35 application fee. I had all my paperwork with me and even the cash but the super was like "Just email it to the owner". He didn't want to take my money because he said I could always mail it in. No further instructions (or address) were provided.
I did email my application, told the owner how much I made and waited. I then got a call from both the owner and super a few days later asking where my application fee was (WTF) to which I responded "I'll bring it first thing in the morning!".
After expressing my enthusiasm multiple times over the renovated apartment, I was told a week later the non renovated apartment was available but the renovated one was taken and did I want it? I was annoyed because I made it clear I wanted the newer one but I said "Absolutely!"
Mind you, he never asked for any paperwork to verify I wasn't lying and gave me the apartment solely on a credit check. It took him days to to send me a lease via email (RED FLAG) that I could sign and send back to him. Up until that point, I wasn't 100% sure of the management company's name so I couldn't look them up to do prelim evaluation.
Upon receiving the lease, the company name was Yorkville Realty and the address was a PO box (sketchy!). At this point I wasn't actually considering signing the lease because of how difficult he had been, but I decided to read through the lease for a few laughs. Every other word was spelled wrong and there was a list of "house rules" that included no guests staying over for more than 7 days. If they stayed longer I would need his approval. This is utter absurdity because this is an apartment building, not a dorm. No one pays to be monitored and as long as no one is noisy you should be able to do whatever the heck you want (barring smoking).
He didn't appreciate my send-off in the form of a grammar rant but karma is a bitch.
There are three types of people in the world:
1. Type A
2. Type B
3. Type Broker (nice at first, attitude when you start to ask questions= total fake)
Similar situations occurred with Bond Real Estate, LivingNYC and City Habitats. All rude when it came to answering the hard questions like "What are the building rules?", "Why is the outside renovated but the inside so gross?" and "I said I wanted clean so why are you showing me this dump that's above my price range?" This is very common in NYC- for landlords to only fix things as they have the money for it. Often, you'll see a renovated kitchen with an old rusty bathroom, or a new sink with 20 year old floor tile. It makes no sense and really degrades the space because it's like half-new. Although these landlords have no problem doing something half assed, they have a lot of balls.
I also ran to a few long-term sublet situations thinking I could fix the place up as my own since they would be unfurnished. Subletting is easier than actually applying for the apartment and obtaining a lease because usually no application fee is involved nor is a management company. You lease from the current tenant so it's between you and them. One sublet I saw had floors that looked 20+ years old, a hole in the wall (yes, a hole) and one wall painted purple because as the tenant said "I started painting the place purple one weekend but only did one wall so I left it". Who does that?