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3 Bedrooms, Hell's Kitchen Rental in NYC for $2,083 - Photo 1
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725 11th Avenue, Apt 4R
Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,083
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3 Bed
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1 Bath
By Suzanne Goldklang, Hell's Kitchen Expert
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2 Bedrooms, Hell's Kitchen Rental in NYC for $1,646 - Photo 1
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725 11th Avenue, Apt 3N
Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,646
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2 Bed
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1 Bath
By Suzanne Goldklang, Hell's Kitchen Expert
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2 Bedrooms, Hell's Kitchen Rental in NYC for $7,400 - Photo 1
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West 42nd Street
Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$7,400
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2 Bed
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2 Bath
By Dominique Lavoie , Hell's Kitchen Expert
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2 Bedrooms, Lincoln Square Rental in NYC for $9,989 - Photo 1
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West 62nd Street
Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$9,989
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2 Bed
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2 Bath
By Dominique Lavoie , Upper West Side Expert
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2 Bedrooms, Prospect Heights Rental in NYC for $3,995 - Photo 1
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719 Dean Street, Apt 3R
Prospect Heights, Northwestern Brooklyn, Brooklyn
$3,995
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2 Bed
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1.5 Bath
By Anette Hollmann, Prospect Heights Expert
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Studio, Hunters Point Rental in NYC for $2,005 - Photo 1
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45-40 Center Boulevard, Apt 15...
Hunters Point, Long Island City, Northwestern Queens, Manhattan
$2,005
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Studio
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1 Bath
By Charmaine Rice
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3 Bedrooms, Hell's Kitchen Rental in NYC for $5,854 - Photo 1
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W 45th St
Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$5,854
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3 Bed
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2 Bath
By Nikola Bugarin
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2 Bedrooms, Upper East Side Rental in NYC for $3,915 - Photo 1
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East 64th and 3rd Ave
Upper East Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,915
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2 Bed
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1 Bath
By Natalia Belli, Upper East Side Expert
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Studio, Financial District Rental in NYC for $1,749 - Photo 1
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Financial District
Financial District, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,749
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Studio / Flex 1
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1 Bath
By Marco Bianchi
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Studio, Financial District Rental in NYC for $1,827 - Photo 1
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Financial District, Downtown M...
Financial District, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,827
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Studio / Flex 1
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1 Bath
By Marco Bianchi
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1 Bedroom, Rose Hill Rental in NYC for $2,943 - Photo 1
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East 34th Street
Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,943
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1 Bed / Flex 2
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1 Bath
By Jonathan H
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Studio, Yorkville Rental in NYC for $2,100 - Photo 1
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E 95th St
Yorkville, Upper East Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,100
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Studio
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1 Bath
By Abdulla Attareb, Upper East Side Expert
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Studio, Manhattan Valley Rental in NYC for $2,908 - Photo 1
1 hour ago  |  Score: 100
775 Columbus Avenue, Apt 07F
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,908
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Studio
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1 Bath
By Columbus Square
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3 Bedrooms, East Village Rental in NYC for $4,282 - Photo 1
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First Avenue
East Village, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$4,282
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3 Bed
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1 Bath
By Jonathan H, East Village Expert
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1 Bedroom, Astoria Rental in NYC for $1,895 - Photo 1
1 hour ago  |  Score: 100
28-8 35th Street
Astoria, Northwestern Queens, Queens
$1,895
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1 Bed
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1 Bath
By Kathryn Peters
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2 Bedrooms, Central Harlem Rental in NYC for $2,195 - Photo 1
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2032 Fifth Avenue, Apt 2A
Central Harlem, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,195
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2 Bed
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1 Bath
By Michael Chadwick
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1 Bedroom, Central Harlem Rental in NYC for $1,945 - Photo 1
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Fifth Avenue
Central Harlem, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,945
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1 Bed
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1 Bath
By Michael Chadwick
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Studio, East Williamsburg Rental in NYC for $2,475 - Photo 1
1 hour ago  |  Score: 100
57 Thames Street, Apt 4J
East Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Northern Brooklyn, Brooklyn
$2,475
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Studio
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1 Bath
By Hannah
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2 Bedrooms, Financial District Rental in NYC for $4,050 - Photo 1
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200 Water Street, Apt 403
Financial District, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$4,050
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2 Bed
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2 Bath
By Nicole Berman, Financial District Expert
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Studio, East Williamsburg Rental in NYC for $1,725 - Photo 1
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57 Thames Street, Apt 2P
East Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Northern Brooklyn, Brooklyn
$1,725
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1 Bath
By Hannah Spongberg
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No Fee

The term "No-Fee apartments" is extremely confusing to most renters, even veterans who have lived in NYC most of their lives. A big source of the misunderstanding stems from two different types of apartments that one might advertise as having no broker fee. In the first case, a listing posted directly by the landlord generally has no fee, but ONLY if the renter finds the apartment and contacts the landlord without any assistance from a licensed real estate broker. In the second case, a…

No Fee Apartments for Rent

The term "No-Fee apartments" is extremely confusing to most renters, even veterans who have lived in NYC most of their lives. A big source of the misunderstanding stems from two different types of apartments that one might advertise as having no broker fee. In the first case, a listing posted directly by the landlord generally has no fee, but ONLY if the renter finds the apartment and contacts the landlord without any assistance from a licensed real estate broker. In the second case, a landlord or property manager can offer to pay broker fees on behalf of the renter, which allows any real estate broker or salesperson to advertise the listing as no fee.

How can the same apartment be both no fee and fee depending on the person advertising or showing me the apartment?

Consumers who don't understand the nyc rental market find this paradox to be one of the most frustrating aspects of the apartment search. It is actually very possible for the same exact apartment to be no fee or fee on the same day, and the difference is who is showing you the apartment. If you are able to see the apartment directly from the landlord, usually through the leasing office, then you probably will not need to pay any additional broker fee. However, if you have a professional, licensed real estate salesperson assisting you in your search, and this agent shows you the same apartment, you are likely obligated to pay a broker fee. You will normally have signed documents agreeing to pay a fee if you rent any of the apartment that agent shows you.

Does that mean I am always better off going directly to the landlord instead of using a broker?

Absolutely not! If the landlord is paying the broker fee, many renters reason they can show up without the broker and instantly negotiate a lower rent. The thinking is, by doing a direct deal, the landlord is saving a few thousand dollars by not paying the fee, and therefore some of that savings should be passed on to the renter. In practice, landlords have more loyalty to their broker partners than to any individual renter. Real estate agents bring the landlords new clients all year long, week after week. Intelligent landlords understand they need to keep the brokers happy, and certainly not allow special deals that would alientate the industry. If a building was known to quote lower prices to direct renters than to brokers, then that same building would very quickly not receive much traffic from agents.

What does 1 Month OP mean for an apartment listing or advertisement?

One month OP means that the landlord is paynig the broker one month of rent after the renter has signed a lease and moved into the apartment. Usually, once an agent shows the apartment to a customer, submits an application, and then confirms lease signing, the agent will send an invoice to the management company with the details of the deal, asking for payment. Most landlords will remit the payment within 30-60 day to the brokerage firm, and the firm will pay the appropriate, agreed-upon commission split to the agent.

Why use brokers at all when no fee apartments exist in NYC?

The founders of RentHop originally pondered this question in 2009, which led to the creation of this website! The original plan, as reported in the NY Times article Getting the Agent Without the Fee, by Michael Grynbaum, was to eliminate the need for apartment brokers entirely. The entire story is best told by Lee Lin, quoted below, in a talk he gave to Startup Institute about his experience at Y Combinator.

When we first started RentHop, we assumed all real estate agents were these evil slimeballs that charged huge fees and barely did anything. We thought we could disrupt the entire industry by creating a website and directly connecting renters with landlords. However, one of the best pieces of advice we received during the summer at Y Combinator came from Paul Graham. He told us that if we really thought brokers were useless, then we should try being brokers for a while. So we did! Lawrence and I both flew back to New York, received our real estate licenses, and spent months meeting clients and showing apartments all day long. I lost a lot of weight, climbing all those walkups and roaming around the streets of Manhattan. That was when we realized being a broker is really hard, and that a great agent adds a ton of value. They save everyone a lot of time, visiting dozens of apartments a week only showing the top ten percent or so to customers. By the end of that year, we completely pivoted the focus of our company to matching qualified renters with the best apartment listings, whether they are posted by a landlord, management company, or broker.

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