any manhattan renters here? Maybe moving there
My job is moving to Manhattan next year, and I'm planning to rent a studio apartment and commute home to my house on the weekends. I'm looking on the Upper East side and so far have seen lots of rentals in my price range ($1000-$1200) online. Of course, these are teeny tiny studios with the kitchen in a closet, but that's fine by me. I need a safe place with a bathroom and room for a bed, period.
My question is, are there any special regional rental quirks in Manhattan I should be aware of? I've read about the fees and no-fees charges. Most of the listings included utilities, which surprised me. Do I have to use a broker to find a place, or are want ads okay?