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Re: getting information on an apartment

Posted by Ace on March 08, 2001 at 17:00:06:

In Reply to: getting information on an apartment posted by Susan on March 08, 2001 at 07:50:42:

Trust your gut. If this person's asking for cash, you will have no papertrail to prove you paid anything to her or paid any kind of rent, period. If she won't accept money orders (she could just be afraid of accepting a personal check since those can bounce from time to time), then RUN away from the situation.

If you don't get anything in writing either (you don't know if she's going to charge you what because you don't know the true rent of the apartment, so that's another thing you may need to look into) then don't get involved.

: Hello. I'm looking at moving into an apartment in New York City in Washington Heights. It's a weird situation because I haven't met the new roommates, only the woman who owns the apartment. She told me that one of the people living there is out of town a lot and the other one works but isn't around much. The place looks like nobody is really living there which makes me suspicious. I'd like to verify that this woman does indeed own this apartment she's renting (since it looks fairly vacant and she wants cash). Besides approaching the building manager (who might not give out that info), is there someplace else I can go to find out about the apartment, who has lived there, who owns it, etc.? Thanks. Isn't it a bit odd to move into an apartment without meeting the people living there?

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