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The guest who won't leave, radiators that are too hot, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
November 10, 2023 - 12:30PM
Sixth Avenue in Manhattan


Maybe many of you are dealing with squatters, or maybe you were just curious, but whatever the reason, this week readers were very interested in an article about a guest who refused to vacate an apartment after the lease ended. 

Turns out, not returning a vacant apartment to a landlord at the end of a lease is a very serious matter, one that can land a tenant in court, even if you have paid your rent in full. (If you had a personal experience with a squatter in your NYC apartment or building, send Brick an email with a few details about what happened. We may contact you for an article.)

Also of interest: A good ventilation system was a must-have for this apartment hunter with bad allergies.

Here are this week's top five posts:

1) My brother’s friend has been squatting at my former apartment and won’t leave now that the lease is up. Am I liable?

2) The heat is blasting in my apartment, and it’s making my cats sick and preventing me from sleeping. What can I do?

3) From Hudson Yards to Long Island City: My allergies were ruining my life and now I'm breathing better

4) Housing lottery opens for 299 units at a new development in Coney Island

5) Housing lottery opens for 40 apartments in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

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Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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