Renting with Children in NYC: What You Need to Know

By: ROS Team

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It’s no secret that New York City is an expensive place to live. But if you’re a parent with children, finding a great apartment at a reasonable price can be even more challenging.

Fortunately, with the right approach, you can find a great place to live in NYC that meets the needs of your family and still fits within your budget. Here’s what you’ll need to know about renting in New York City with kids:

Safety Concerns

There are a few things to remember when you’re looking for a place to rent with children in NYC.

Lead Based Paint: If you have young children, it’s important to know that most apartments built before 1978 may contain lead paint.

You should ask your landlord if they can provide you with information on the history of their building and whether or not it contains any lead-based paint.

Apartment Safety Concerns
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If your apartment does include some older features like window sills or baseboards. Be sure to clean them regularly so your child doesn’t accidentally ingest any harmful substances from touching them with their hands or mouth (or even licking their fingers).

Window Guards: In some cases, landlords will install window guards as part of their listing agreement–but make sure you ask about this before signing anything! Guards can prevent injuries from falling out of open windows (and also give parents peace of mind).

They’ll also help keep pets safe by preventing them from escaping onto balconies outside your home where they might get hurt by other animals or humans passing by below.

Some people prefer using screens instead because they offer better ventilation; however, screens allow more bugs inside too!

Finding Family Friendly Neighborhoods

Family-friendly neighborhoods are necessary for anyone who wants to live in New York City with kids. You’ll need to find a neighborhood with good schools and easy access to public transportation, as well as parks and playgrounds.

Finding Family Friendly Neighborhoods
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If you’re looking for an apartment in NYC, here are some suggestions:

Upper West Side – This is one of the best places in New York City to raise children because it has great public schools, plenty of green space (Central Park), many amenities (museums), and excellent transportation options that are close by (subway).

Upper East Side – Another popular neighborhood among families because of its proximity to Central Park and easy access via subway lines 4/5/6/N/Q/R trains. Also home to several prestigious private schools like Collegiate School for Boys & Girls & Spence School for Girls.

Choosing the Right Apartment for Your Family

Choosing the right apartment for your family is important, as you want to make sure that it’s big enough and has spaces that are comfortable for everyone. Here are some things to consider:

Do you have children? If so, how many? If there is more than one child in the household, think about how much space they need–and then add on a little extra.

How old are your children? Are they toddlers or teenagers? Is there enough room for them to play outside if they want (or inside if it’s cold)? Can they ride their bikes around the block without getting lost? If not, consider looking at apartments with yards or playgrounds nearby.

Pick a Building with Kid Friendly Amenities

When you’re looking for a place to rent, it’s important that you consider the building amenities. The best buildings have pools, gyms, and playgrounds for kids.

They also have bike storage areas and parking spaces–which can be hard to find in New York City! You should also think about laundry rooms: do they have washers/dryers? If so, are they coin-operated or free?

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Tips for Moving with Children

Before you begin packing, it’s important to prepare your children for the move. This can be done in a variety of ways:

  • Discussing the upcoming changes with them, including where they will be living and who will be living with them
  • Assigning chores around the house so they feel like they have some control over what happens next
  • Involving them in packing as much as possible; helps children feel like they are contributing to their own transition


While the challenges of city living with children are real, they’re not insurmountable. With a little planning and patience, you can make it work for all involved.

Make sure that your budget accounts for expenses like childcare and school tuition in addition to rent and utilities.

If possible, find a place with a yard where kids can play outside safely (and legally). This will help keep them entertained while also giving them some exercise–a win-win situation!

Consider moving close enough to friends and family so that they can visit frequently. This will help provide support during the adjustment period and an outlet if things get difficult at home or work.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a place to call home with your family, we hope this guide has helped you to understand some of the things you should consider before making a decision.

We know that it can be overwhelming and stressful when it comes time for an apartment search, but don’t let it get too crazy! If possible, try not to get caught up in all the details at once; start by narrowing down your search by neighborhood or type of building first – then go from there.

And remember: if something seems too good (or too bad) to be true when shopping around for rentals? It probably is – trust your instincts!