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NYC vacation apartment web sites. Why can't I find any good ones?

Old Jan 18th, 2007, 11:17 AM
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NYC vacation apartment web sites. Why can't I find any good ones?

I have been to VRBO and a few other sites, but I am so surprised at how few good web sites there are out there listing apartments for short term vacation rental in NYC. I've rented in Paris, Rome and Spain and there were so many great sites with loads of pictures and information.

Am I not looking in the right place? Can some one recommend some web sites and or particular apartments. We need 2BR and 2BA apartment in Manhattan in March.

Thanks in advance.
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www.metro-home.com is aplace I have used n the past and was quite satisfied.

Have you looked on www.craigslist.org? There are usually a large number of places listed that may work.

www.nyhabitat.com is another option
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Some of the places mentioned on the metro home and maybe the NYHabitat website as well, are reviewed on tripadvisor so you can reference them. I know people who have had good luck with craigslist as well, although I suppose it could be hit or miss.
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Don't forget, you can find a delightful hotel in the center of Paris or Rome for a little over $100 a night. In New York you will pay three times that for similar quality. So the same thing seems to go for apartments -- expect to pay up to three times what you might in Paris or Rome. That said, I agree, there really isn't much out there. I suppose there's always such a demand in New York for rentals, no one needs or wants to rent them out short term. I'm having trouble booking an apartment there for just one month -- everyone says to check with them within a month of arrival, otherwise they don't want to commit to such a "short term".
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You might try Craig's List or the Village Voice classified
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There are a couple of issues in New York.

First, many companies send execs there for weekly/monthly periods - or have to temporarily house families they are moving to the area. So - you have quite a few legitimate short term rental apartments/buildings - but they're priced for what companies will pay - not most individuals.

New York City has extremely complicated rental control and stabilization laws that limit what landlords can charge for many apartments. If the tenant leaves - or the landlord can force them to leave - the rent can go up by multiples. So - most landlords make sublets illegal - as an excvuse to force tenants out. And so many people with modestly priced apartments are willing to leave an apartment empty for weeks or months rather than be caught subletting illegally - thus losing the apartment - and perhaps having to pay double or triple for another.

Third - New York is expensive. A pleasant one-bedroom apartment in a middle class building can easily cost $2500 per month. So - for a renter to cover their costs (plus extra insurance for possible damage) they need to charge at least $100 per night. To make any money you're talking $200 per night. Why take a risk of losing an apartment if you don;t get a reasonable return?
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