For Two Roommates, the Fine Print Held a Big Surprise

The two young women had a lot to learn, but they came out on top in Brooklyn with a self-guided crash course on the New York City real estate market.

#real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

If My Roommate Stops Paying Rent, Am I on the Hook for It?

Just because renters split the cost of living doesn’t mean they split the responsibility of paying the total that is owed to the landlord.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #roommates

Towers Rise Over London’s Brick Lane, Clouding Its Future

Luxury developments and rising rents have ignited concerns about gentrification and displacement in a district that has long been a sanctuary for minority communities.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls

They Remodeled Before Covid. Here’s What They Regret Now.

The live-work space in Jersey City, N.J., should have been ideal for lockdown. But hindsight born of a pandemic taught them a few things.

#content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

New York’s Ban on Evictions Is Expiring. What Happens Now?

The moratorium’s end presents Gov. Kathy Hochul with a potential challenge as she prepares to run for a full term.

#bronx-defenders, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #princeton-university, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-stabilization-assn, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Mayor Adams, Build a Bigger Manhattan

“New Mannahatta” would help the city’s housing crisis and protect against the impact of climate change. 

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #floods, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

It Should Take More Than 10 Minutes to Evict Someone

Eviction prevention and diversion programs should be preserved. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #national-center-for-state-courts, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Where Adventurous Gardeners Buy Their Seeds

These organic seed sellers share a passion for the unusual and a mission to preserve biodiversity. And they’ve got some irresistible seeds.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #seeds

Manhattan Rents Break Another Record, as Market Shows Signs of Cooling

The median rent reached nearly $3,400 in December, the highest price ever for the traditionally quiet month.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #landlords, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

What We Know About the Building in the Bronx Apartment Fire

The companies purchased Twin Parks North West, the Bronx building where there was a deadly fire, along with seven other buildings in the borough for $166 million.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #bronx-nyc, #fires-and-firefighters, #landlords, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Housing Costs Swell, Hampering Home Buyers and Pushing Up Rents

Rent costs, a key component of inflation, surged 0.4 percent in December, putting pressure on the Federal Reserve to tamp down rising prices.

#consumer-price-index, #inflation-economics, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #supply-chain

Good Cause Eviction Is a Landlord’s Worst Nightmare

The comedian and journalist Jeff Seal takes to the streets to rally support for a little-known bill that would protect millions of New Yorkers from unjust evictions. But a powerful lobby stands in its way.

#evictions, #landlords, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Dorms Pop Up in Spain as More Students Seek Housing Away From Home

The country’s student population has become increasingly mobile, fueling investments in accommodations, largely funded by foreign capital.

#dormitories, #foreign-investments, #international-study-and-teaching, #malaga-spain, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #spain

A Flea-Infested Former Convent: How Could They Resist?

The 1926 building owned by the Catholic Church looked as if it hadn’t been updated in decades. One Dallas family was charmed.

#dallas-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Can My Dog and I Be Forced to Use the Service Elevator?

Most apartment owners are subject to the house rules, which a board can change. But some rules are not always enforceable.

#condominiums, #content-type-service, #dogs, #pets, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

18 Relatives in a Deadly Fire: For Some, Crowded Housing Is Not a Choice

A fire that raged through a public housing unit in Philadelphia left 12 people dead. But families living in cramped conditions have few options, with thousands waiting for subsidized housing.

#fires-and-firefighters, #pennsylvania, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-housing-authority, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Federal Rental Assistance Is Running Out, With Tenants Still in Need

An announcement from the Treasury Department on Friday revealed that there was less money available for renters than some states had hoped.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #landlords, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #treasury-department, #united-states

They Had Reasons for Leaving the City. So Why Are Their Friends Mad?

When Covid hit, some New Yorkers abandoned the city for good. They left some angry friends.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #manhattan-nyc, #moving-and-moving-industry, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Philadelphia Fire in Fairmount Leaves 12 Dead, Including 8 Children

It was among the deadliest residential fires in the country in recent years. The mayor called it “one of the most tragic days in our city’s history.”

#deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-housing-authority, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #smoke-detectors

How to Design a Home Gym That You’ll Actually Use

As the pandemic rages on, the safest place to work out is at home. Here’s how to create a personal gym you’ll want to spend time in.

#content-type-service, #exercise, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

For One Rockaways Couple, Lockdown Was a Creative Windfall

While many hoped to use the enforced isolation of quarantine creatively, the couple who started Locus of Occult actually did.

#content-type-personal-profile, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #rockaway-peninsula-queens-ny, #silicone

Colorado Residents Ponder the Road Ahead After Wildfires

Days after what might be the most damaging wildfire in state history, residents are just beginning to make sense of the long road back and the extent of the damage.

#colorado, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #polis-jared-s-1975, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renters-insurance, #suburbs, #wildfires

Nashville Finds Opportunity in the Hole a Bomber Left in the Heart of the City

Since the explosion last Christmas, the city has grappled with how rebuilding will fit into its larger ambitions of transforming downtown. The hope is to draw more than just tourists.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #bombs-and-explosives, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #nashville-tenn, #nashville-tenn-explosion-2020, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

The Work in My Building Is Endless and Invasive. Can I Withhold Rent?

A landlord is entitled to reasonable access to a tenant’s apartment. But there are limits, and now is not a good time to be fighting with renters.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #landlords, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renovations-play

Another Covid Winter, but Our Quarantine Comforts No Longer Work

Americans have spared little expense over the past two years turning their homes into cozy havens. That doesn’t mean they want to spend another winter in them.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-year, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

In 2021, New York’s Housing Market Made a Stunning Comeback

It’s a trend that will likely continue in 2022, as momentum shifts away from the suburbs and international travel returns — unless new Covid variants interfere.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #landlords, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #queens-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #staten-island-nyc

A Frenetic Housing Market in the Suburbs, and Then a Cooling Off

By late summer, many real estate agents in the New York suburbs began to notice that the ‘crazy bidding wars’ weren’t happening quite as often.

#fairfield-conn, #hastings-on-hudson-ny, #larchmont-ny, #litchfield-conn, #long-island-ny, #manhasset-ny, #montclair-nj, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #westchester-county-ny

The Pricey California Market? In 2021, It Got Pricier.

Home prices in the state far outpaced the national average, with outlying suburbs and smaller metro areas seeing the most significant increases.

#california, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #montecito-calif, #oakland-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #riverside-calif, #sacramento-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

What Default? With Confetti and Fanfare, Evergrande Says It’s Ready to Build.

Weeks after signaling it could no longer go on, the troubled Chinese property developer has pledged to start paying its workers and completing projects again. Buyers are skeptical.

#china, #china-evergrande-group, #jiangxi-china, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shandong-province-china, #xu-jiayin

Omicron Surges in NYC During Its Comeback

A new variant is surging, but vaccination rates are high, face masks are ubiquitous and residents are finding ways to soldier on.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gagetollner-brooklyn-ny-restaurant, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #vaccination-and-immunization

Theater 80 in New York City Could Become Another Pandemic Casualty

Battered by a coronavirus lockdown and conflict over a loan, Theater 80 could become another New York City casualty of the pandemic.

#east-village-manhattan-ny, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #mortgages, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shutdowns-institutional, #theater, #theater-80

‘Doubling Down on New York’: A Manhattan Neighborhood Bounces Back

The Omicron variant is keeping Manhattan’s offices empty. But an influx of residents and a housing boom in neighborhoods like Chelsea hint at a better future.

#chelsea-manhattan-ny, #compass-real-estate, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #miller-samuel-inc, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wylde-kathryn-s, #zandi-mark

Is It Safe to Have a New Year’s Eve Party During the Omicron Surge?

When it comes to handling the uncertainties surrounding the Omicron surge, assess your own risk tolerance and weigh those risks against the rewards.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #new-year, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

These Churches Have Been Closed, but Their Artifacts Live On

In a warehouse on Staten Island, the Archdiocese of New York stores altars, statuary and other relics that can be reused in churches around the world.

#altars-and-pews, #archdiocese-of-new-york, #churches-buildings, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church, #stained-glass, #staten-island-nyc

How Many Books Does It Take to Make a Place Feel Like Home?

There’s a reason that some people won’t let go of their physical books — and a new term for it: ‘book-wrapt.’

#books-and-literature, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #libraries-and-librarians, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Safety Issues and Defects of Troubled Supertall Tower Are ‘Vastly Exaggerated,’ Developer Says

A developer of 432 Park Avenue, the Midtown building whose residents have complained of flooding, noise and safety issues, said the building is safe, “without a doubt.”

#432-park-avenue-manhattan-ny-apartments, #accidents-and-safety, #cim-group, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Welcome to the Charles Dickens Luxury Apartments

Want to understand London’s economic transformation? Have a look around the condo conversion of the workhouse that inspired “Oliver Twist.”

#dickens-charles, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #national-health-service, #oliver-twist-book, #poverty, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

How the Building Industry Blocked Better Tornado Safeguards

Engineers know how to protect people from tornadoes like the ones that recently devastated parts of Kentucky, but builders have headed off efforts to toughen standards.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #engineering-and-engineers, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-code-council-inc, #joplin-mo, #kentucky, #national-assn-of-home-builders, #national-institute-of-standards-and-technology, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tornadoes

The New Pentagon Papers: Civilian Casualties

Readers call for Pentagon accountability for the killing of civilians. Also: Julian Assange; Republican hypocrisy; two-family homes.

#affordable-housing, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #assange-julian-p, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

In One Queens Building, the Third Apartment Is the Charm (for Now)

When they needed more space, and then enough room to work at home, they graduated to ever-larger apartments in the same Astoria building. But what comes next?

#astoria-queens-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

To Open Homeless Shelters, N.Y.C. Relied on Landlord With Checkered History

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to revamp the homeless shelter system, but some of the main players have not changed.

#buildings-structures, #daniel-rabinowitz, #david-levitan, #de-blasio-bill, #department-of-social-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #landlords, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shimmie-horn

Why Are So Many Canadians Moving to the Atlantic Provinces?

A Times reporter fulfills his lifelong dream of visiting Newfoundland and explores why so many Canadians are moving to the country’s Atlantic provinces.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

It’s Been a Home for Decades, but Legal Only a Few Months

California catches up with the reality that when it’s too hard to play by the rules, people convert the garage into an apartment anyway.

#affordable-housing, #boyle-heights-los-angeles-calif, #california, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

They Had a Plan to Save Their SoHo Garden. It Backfired.

Despite a bid to protect it from a contentious rezoning plan, the Elizabeth Street Garden will be replaced by housing units.

#affordable-housing, #chin-margaret-s, #city-council-nyc, #elizabeth-street-garden-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #noho-manhattan-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #reiver-allan, #soho-manhattan-ny, #zoning

You Love That House, but Should You Write a Love Letter?

A common practice in real estate is coming under new scrutiny because of concerns about discrimination. And one state has made it illegal.

#california-association-of-realtors, #content-type-service, #discrimination, #letters, #national-assn-of-realtors, #oregon, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #real-estate-brokers, #redfin

How Much Did That New Kitchen Cost? No One’s Going to Tell You.

Trying to get a ballpark figure for home improvements often leaves us wandering through conversations built on euphemisms.

#home-repairs-and-improvements, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

What Causes Inflation and Should I Worry About It?

What is inflation, why is it up, and who does it hurt? A run through common questions about the ongoing price burst.

#consumer-price-index, #federal-reserve-system, #hitler-adolf, #income-inequality, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #onion-the, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #savings, #shortages, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #weimar-germany

Plan to Bring More Housing to SoHo Is Set for a Vote

A contentious rezoning of the wealthy neighborhood, known for its cast-iron buildings and cobblestone streets, is expected to be approved on Wednesday.

#adams-eric-l, #area-planning-and-renewal, #berman-andrew-d-1962, #chin-margaret-s, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #village-preservation-nonprofit, #zoning

A Refugee Crisis Runs Into a Housing Crisis

Thousands of Afghan refugees are being released from military bases to U.S. cities to rebuild their lives. Settling them into homes amid a rental shortage is proving to be a challenge.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #kentucky, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Gift Guide for Gardeners

These tools are worth waiting for — even if they arrive late, thanks to supply-chain snarls or shipping delays.

#gardens-and-gardening, #gifts, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tools