How I got my landlord to lower my rent—and save me $2,400 over the next year

Finding an affordable apartment is an agonizing and unavoidable experience every New York transplant must go through, and I’m no different.

Since moving to New York City in 2014 I have lived in four apartments with eight different roommates. Before signing my current lease in September 2017, I looked at — no exaggeration — 19 different properties across Brooklyn and Manhattan. I got the “bait and switch” scam multiple times, wherein I hiked across Brooklyn in the heat to look at an apartment only to find it was a different building than was advertised.

One broker asked for six months of rent ($20,000 in cash) up front to move into the unit.

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