Posted by TenantNet on November 20, 1998 at 06:52:39:
In Reply to: Re: Signing Lease - what is standard? posted by Amy on November 17, 1998 at 09:32:25:
: : I am signing a lease for the first time in New York. What should I think
: : about? What should I negotiate for? What should I avoid?
: If you go to a stationary store they have standard leases. Some leases state that a certain percentage of your floor must be carpeted. Try to avoid that because it can become expensive. But usually you have no leverage in NYC because it is so hard to find an apartment.
The so-called standard leases won't tell this person much, other than
provisions called for by landlords; hardley a picture of what it's
like to rent in NY. Best advice: talk to people or read the many messages
on this board. I would also disagree with your carpet opinion. In many
cases, carpets muffle sound that otherwise would drive the tenants
below crazy. You can't appreciate that until you are the victim of
noisy neighbors stomping at 3 a.m.
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