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Village Voice classifieds vacation apartment rentals

Jul 11th, 2009, 07:27 PM
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Village Voice classifieds vacation apartment rentals

http://tinyurl.com/mgoqyo

http://tinyurl.com/l26lvx

I've got a request for information in on both of these. They both look nice and are certainly cheap. Are they too good a deal?
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Jul 11th, 2009, 08:34 PM
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These are absolutely legitimate. No problem at all. Why would anyone question ads in the Village Voice?

Wanna buy a bridge?
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Jul 11th, 2009, 08:39 PM
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Ha! Okay. Can we take this greenhorn post off before anyone else sees it?
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Jul 11th, 2009, 11:27 PM
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This is a legitimate request - why make fun of it???

If you have an answer that is honest, please use it.
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Jul 12th, 2009, 12:57 AM
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Almost all vacation apartment rentals in NYC are illegal, no matter where they are advertised.
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Jul 12th, 2009, 07:14 AM
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Well, aside from the fact that they've mislocated the first one - 58th St isn;t the upper west side - it's true that almost all sublets are illegal.

If you're really interested you need to find out a whole bunch more info:

Is the apartment a 5th floor walk-up?
What security does the building have?
Will you have to pretend to be a visiting relative? (Typically people living in a building don;t like the idea of a lot of strangers trekking in and out.)
What happens if there's a problem - with for instance the plumbing? (Can you go to a super? Do you have a 24 hour landline for the person you're renting from?)
Do you have references?
Full info on whoever will be giving you the key? (Is it a company? How many apartments do they rent?)

It's true these sublets are almost all illegal (except from large corporate renters) and many are fake. (A young woman I work with was ready to put a deposit down on a sublet she saw on Craig's List when she found out the apartment belonged to his ex-girlfriend - away for the weekend.)
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Jul 12th, 2009, 07:34 AM
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I don't want to take a chance on irritated neighbors or scam-artists so I'll probably head back to the hotel searching. I was looking for an apartment because I love having a little kitchen and table to bring food back from the deli's and markets.
nytraveler - thank you for the details. I can't imagine me in a fifth-floor walkup. It wouldn't hurt to get the exercise but it would sure dampen my urge to go out and wander around.
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Jul 12th, 2009, 07:57 AM
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Despite stories of dire peril I have rented NYC apartments through craigslist several times without problem. Only once (an UWS condo) was I asked to tell anyone who inquired that I was a visiting relative. No one asked, and I didn't offer. It is simply so common a practice that everyone just winks at it.
No guarantees, but two good rules of thumb are (a) if it sounds too good to be true it probably is, and (b) only pay via a mechanism that offers some recourse, like PayPal or cash on arrival after seeing the place, and never ever by Western Union or money order in advance.

There are also reputable agencies that handle apartments if the classified ads are too frightening. www.metro-home.com is one I used with good result, and others have been listed on this forum.
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Jul 12th, 2009, 08:28 AM
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There are suite hotels in NYC like affinia.com which have full kitchens. and others with kitchenettes such as the Beacon and the Belvedere.
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Jul 12th, 2009, 08:32 AM
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I was just looking at those after reading one of your posts, susie. Thanks! I think we can get a studio w/kitchenette for under $200. Cool.

Here's the response to my inquiry on one of the apartment requests. John Edward Rentals? I think not for some reason.


Thanks for getting to us, the unit you are requesting
for is available right now and the apartment would be nice for you,I
will be able to give you the apartment .Which day are you coming as i
have to know the dates so it will not be booked? Let me know
today.Deposit are needed to hold dates, we would be holding the
apartment waiting to hear from you.

Our customers satisfaction is our utmost priority,we do offer free
airport pick up for first timers.We look forward to satisfy your
vacation needs.

Regards,
John Edward
Edward Rentals
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Jul 12th, 2009, 10:18 AM
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Chuckling here, pdx, because that fractured language and especially the offer of airport pickup seems typical of scam artists.
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Jul 12th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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pdx:
After looking into apartment rentals in NYC and learning about the numerous scams, we rented one at Chelsea Lodge Suites. It's a great tree lined street and the building is next to The New School.
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Jul 12th, 2009, 12:34 PM
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There are loads of options in suite hotels and b & b's that will give you a kitchen and extra space not to mention daily maid service at the hotels.

beaconhotel.com
milburnhotel.com
nycsalisbury.com
radiocityapartments.com
abingdonguesthouse.com
gvhabitue.com
are just a few in addition to the ones already mentioned.
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Jul 12th, 2009, 07:57 PM
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Wow! Thanks pam and mclaurie, et. al. One of these is going to work or I'm hopeless. So far Chelsea Lodge and Affinia both look great and I'm off to check out the rest.
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Jul 13th, 2009, 04:36 AM
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Visit www.1troy.com for more information for Apartment Rentals in Ohio
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Jul 13th, 2009, 07:13 AM
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Rolling on the floor!

First Troy Corp -- nice attempt at advertising, but who in the world would trust a rental company that has rentals in OHIO and thinks they are in Manhattan? Need a map? I can sell you one cheap!
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