NYC rents continue to rise

Scores of New Yorkers are having to make serious adjustments to pay their rents. Recent data from online rental agency Zumper reports huge spikes in apartment rents in New York City year-over-year: one-bedroom apartments are up 26% and two-bedroom apartments are up almost 30%.

StreetEasy's Casey Roberts said the hike in rental real estate pricing is a supply-versus-demand issue.

"We're just seeing a lot fewer rentals on the market paired with a ton of demand from renters who are looking to move, and there are a few different factors that are really driving that demand," Roberts said. "The first is that we've seen New Yorkers who temporarily left the city move back in and look for housing. We're also seeing more interest in moving within New York."

StreetEasy reports that the median rent in Manhattan is $3,700, just over $2,700 in Brooklyn, and about $2,300 in Queens — all double-digit increases when compared to this same period last year.

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While many landlords may no longer offer those pandemic concessions from last year and the year before, Roberts said it doesn't hurt renters to ask.

"So renters can get creative here and think about other trade-offs or other aspects of the apartment that can impact their overall monthly expense," Roberts said. "So maybe the landlord isn't willing to budge on rent but the appliances are due for an upgrade — that's a great thing to ask for instead."

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