- How Do I Rent An Apartment In NYC
How Much Rent Can pay?
What Neighborhood Fits My Criteria?
Different Type Of Rental Properties
Rent Controlled or Rent Stabilized
- Best Time To Rent An Apartment
No Fee Vs Fee
Find Low Income Or Affordable Housing
Features And Amenities
Difference Between An Agent And Broker
- How To View An Apartment
How To Start An Apartment Application
Signing A Lease Made Easy
Scam And Fraudulent Property Posting
How To Avoid Bait And Switch
- Renters Insurance and Renters Right
When Moving into a new apartment
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I want to Rent My Apartment to someone
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How to Avoid Bait and Switch
Bait and Switch is a real-world scam and it is a huge waste of time and energy for everyone involved. If a rental looks too-good-to-be-true, chances are it is a scam and most probably bait and switch. Before you finalize your next destination, it is important to get yourself familiar with such scams and what you can do to void them.
How do Bait and Switch work?
In the NYC rental market, a renter is lured by a lower-priced apartment which does not exist in real (the bait). With such a lucrative offer, many renters contact the landlord to get an awesome deal. But then you hear that the apartment is not available. However, the agent then says he/she has other apartments to show you for a higher price (the switch).
How to avoid?
Before you contact a landlord/agent, make sure:
- The property has a real address
- To call the agent’s office directly
- To compare the price of selected rental with the average cost of the neighborhood
- To read the terms and conditions
- To research the seller
If you check all these boxes, chances are you will get a verified rental. Last but not the least, never go for a property which is out of your budget or you feel uncomfortable with.NEXT PAGE