Friday, July 6th, 2012

Local Millennial Doesn't Deserve to Live in New York City

"A neighbor told me that she believes the landlord illegally raised the rent and submitted bogus forms to whatever agency is in charge of the whole rent-stabilization process, claiming that work done by the last tenant was done by a contractor. I have no idea what any of this means, and I do not really care…. Also, I am in college and my parents are paying my rent, so do I have to tell them? Obviously, I am looking to do nothing in this matter. Is that cool?"
Jesus Christ, kids. (Also, you know, rent stabilization laws aren't that complicated, and if you're too lazy or stupid to read up on things on NYC.GOV, you actually don't deserve to live here.)

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C_Webb (#855)

Sorry, Chuck, but I'm pretty sure that person IS in fact living in an episode of Girls.

deepomega (#1,720)

Child Lazy

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@deepomega College kid barely concerned, apathetic, ungrateful.

C_Webb (#855)

@whizz_dumb … and yet, in this as in all else, needs to be validated by the Times.

coalbaron (#11,105)

(Puts on George Mason University hat)

"Maybe the real children are the people who constantly expect the government to insulate them from the forces of the insane, under-supplied, over-regulated rental market they helped create."

julebsorry (#5,783)

@coalbaron Maybe the "real children" are the ACTUAL children now trying to navigate through the Charybdis of predatory NYC landlords, sky-high rent, and a tight rental market; while trying to avoid tangling with the Scylla of byzantine NYC rent regulations that benefit everyone but themselves? Just THINKING about NYC real estate makes me tired.

Using the rent regulation laws to screw your landlord: Yet another great and dying art practiced by a dwindling number of true New Yorkers.

julebsorry (#5,783)

In defense of lazy New York transplants: my neighbor insists that my apartment used to be rent-stabilized, and the landlord illegally removed it from rent-stab when the tenant prior to me moved in. I assumed the prior tenant's lease (and therefore, the market-rate rent) when I moved in. However, I have no idea how to verify this, my landlord lives in FL, is really hard to get in touch with, and is actually 2 people (two brothers who jointly own the building, who push responsibility for any problem off to the other). Also, my neighbor is certifiably batshit-crazy and so might not know what he's talking about.

So, I haven't taken any action b/c I don't know where to start and hate the idea of pestering my landlords, locating and filling out any and all forms, and navigating city bureaucracy & the legal system for the unverifiable potential of a rent decrease. Plus,I can afford the rent as-is. So – sometimes inaction isn't the result of ennui – it's the avoidance of what will likely be a painful exercise in frustration and futility.

Conal Darcy@twitter (#197,399)

@julebsorry This is a good place to start.

skahammer (#587)

Okay, I admit I learned something about New York here: Busybody neighbors are considered to be reliable sources of legal advice, instead of just purveyors of free-lance crazy. Wouldn't have guessed that one.

hman (#53)

Who talks to their neighbors?

ejcsanfran (#489)

@hman: Exactly. Probably the thing I miss most about NYC. Not that I talk to mine here – though apparently my behavior is considered somehow noteworthy in this respect.

I don't get it. I have to read something on NYC.GOV just to live in Miami? Pass.

Mr. B (#10,093)

This week in The Ethicist — in which Chuck Klosterman is successfully trolled once again!

@Mr. B His replies are so lame and poorly thought out that he deserves to be trolled. Dear Prudence has more street smarts.

@julebsorry Which is why landlords will rent to new kids in town instead of older people or locals.

Last time I was home for Christmas in NYC, I had brunch with my nephew and a few of his friends, all in their late 20s, born and raised in Queens and now working in media/fashion/something funky in Manhattan. Two notes: my nephew and all his freinds mentioned that they were the only NYC native in their department, workplace, or even the whole company . Second point; an anecdote. My nephew overheard this conversation at work. Coworker 1: I got a place in Bushwick!! CW2: Man, that's fucking awesome! (High five each other). CW1: And it's a 5th floor walkup! CW2: You mean, no elevator? Dude, that is amazing!
I can't wait till he discovers the roaches.

BadUncle (#153)

"Mom and Dad pay, so it's their job to figure this out. And until they tell me who Rodney King is, I don't tweet a shit."

Backslider (#819)

I just want to know why Klosterman is doling out ethical advice for pay. How did that happen?

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

I thought they got rid of Randy Cohen because they wanted a "real" ethicist. Instead we get a music writer whose responses are mostly "That might be ethical. Or not. Maybe. I don't know."

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