When your application is approved, read the lease carefully before you sign it. For example, the landlord might add some riders that modify a part of the printed lease.
When you’ve signed a lease, please call or email your RDNY.com Advisor to let us know. We want to hear from you when your search has ended in triumph!
TIP: The lease is a legal contract between you and the landlord, and it should specify everything that you and the landlord have agreed. If there’s any part you don’t understand, ask the landlord for an explanation. If you want to change any of the terms of the lease, be sure the change is in writing and signed by both you and the landlord. Be sure you get a signed copy of the lease.
Moving into your new home...
Don’t assume that you can move in to your new home on any day of the week or at any time. Most landlords have strict rules about when you can move in or move out.
Since most people prefer to move at the very end of the month, or the first day of the next month, it could be very uncomfortable if two or three people are fighting over exclusive use of the elevator at the same time. If you are paying a mover, it will add considerably to your moving costs if you have to wait an hour or two or three for one party to finish their move so that you can use the elevator next. So ask your landlord for guidance in scheduling a day and time for your move and make sure that you will have exclusive use of the elevator during that time.
Additionally, the landlord may impose several “fees” on your move, such as...
Moving damage fee - This is usually a refundable fee to make sure that you or your movers don’t damage any of the the fixtures in the hallways, scuff the walls, or scratch the elevator. If there is an elevator in the building, as the building superintendent to put padding on the elevator walls.
Building Supervision fee - Fancy buildings often require that you “hire” one of the building staff members to oversee your move in or out and to work the freight elevator. This fee is usually a non-refundable fee.