The peak summer rental season is upon us.  This is your all-inclusive guide for perspective NYC Tenants.  Choosing where to live in Manhattan is not an easy task, but with the help of a qualified agent and an informed search, it can be a pleasant experience!

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New York is a beautifully chaotic metropolis, comprised of the world’s best contemporary culture all conveniently dispersed throughout distinct neighborhoods.  There is no doubt that there are plenty of areas to choose from, however, it is helpful to consider your preferences before settling on one particular neighborhood.

Our agent, George Kefalogiannis, shared his top two neighborhoods:

“The Financial District is becoming a destination for many New York residents due to its growing residential atmosphere, convenience with almost all the major NYC subway lines, attractions such as One World Trade Center, South Street Seaport and Stone Street, and all the luxury buildings that are not readily available in other parts of Manhattan. There are many fine dining establishments and activities in the area, despite its reputation of being a quieter neighborhood than its Downtown neighbors in the Village or SoHo.

The Upper West Side is another beautiful location for residence. With access to tons of nightlife, restaurants, bars, shopping and more, it is truly the destination for the true ‘New York experience’.”

Read more about all the amazing Manhattan neighborhoods through Platinum’s Neighborhood Guide: Greenwich/West Village, Hell’s Kitchen/Midtown West, Battery Park City, SoHo, Financial District, TriBeCa

Once you are settled on a few neighborhoods, be mindful and prepared for what comes next.

Qualifications and Process

The NYC rental experience is like no other.  There are key elements that can make the difference when it comes to signing for your dream apartment.  As with cooking, preparation is everything.

It is vital that you assimilate to the reality of NYC apartments, and that you quickly match your expectations.  Once your move-in date is set, you should contact your Platinum Properties agent 4 to 8 weeks prior to the anticipated date.  While it is possible to find a decent apartment on your own, it is the Platinum experience that will make living in New York gratifying.

Before you view potential units with your Platinum Agent, remember to get your financial paperwork together and be ready to submit:

  •  Copy of a state-issued photo ID
  •  3 most recent bank statements
  •  2 most recent tax returns
  •  3 most recent pay stubs (if not self-employed)
  •  Employment letter (CPA letter if self-employed)

Read more about the rental process with Platinum’s Renter’s Guide.

Remember that once you find “the one,” a complete application and a deposit will take your home off the market!  Once the paperwork is in, you can expect a response within 3 days.  Your agent will be by your side throughout the process, and will use Platinum’s connections and relationships to your advantage.

More Insights

Living in New York can be daunting at first, but with the fitting team of NYC experts, it can be as remarkable as the city itself.  The Platinum Experience offers unconditional guidance and support, from an impromptu walking tour of a neighborhood to a personalized card several months after your lease signing.

Moving to NY is no longer an intimidating endeavor when you know you will be welcomed by a family-oriented community of professionals at Platinum Properties.

Read More: How To Choose A Manhattan Neighborhood To Call Home