Family Meeting: Rent

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Navigating the city’s rental market requires pluck, luck and money. Lots and lots of money. Today’s show is devoted entirely to a family meeting about rent. First, give and get advice on rent-related dilemmas. Then: everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your rights as a tenant (like when can you withhold rent from your landlord?). Plus: Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, on the mayor’s affordable housing plan; how you feel about the home you rent; and your thoughts on how (new) tall buildings affect the character of your ‘hood. 

Rent-Related Advice Roulette

It's time for another round of advice roulette! Call in to get advice about your rent-related dilemma. The catch? You've got to give advice first! If you're wrestling with a tricky question -- should you move in together? How much should you charge your roommate for that tiny "bedroom" (closet)? Should you rent or buy? -- call in to get advice from your fellow Brian Lehrer Show listeners. 212-433-9692. Or, post a question/give advice in the comments below.

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Your Guide to Tenants' Rights

Do you know how to negotiate a new lease with your landlord? What to do when your apartment is in need of repairs, or your neighbors are violating noise ordinances? Housing expert Jaron Benjamin answers your practical questions, part of the Brian Lehrer Show's two-hour "family meeting" on all things rent-related.

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How Do You Feel About the Space You Rent?

Whether you grew up in the space you rent or moved in last month, we want to hear about your relationship with your rental unit. Have you ever renovated it? How is the space affecting you financially? If you move a lot, what's your approach to your space?

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Deputy Mayor Glen on the Affordable Housing Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio has released a plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, talks about the approach and how density is part of the mayor's vision for affordability in the city.

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How Dense Can We Get?

The Mayor's plan for affordable housing includes increased density. What do you think it would mean for your neighborhood? What kind of community benefits would be needed to make it work? How does this compare with your vision of the city's future? Call in and tell us what you think about increasing density. 212-433-WNYC…

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Your Commercial Real Estate Market

Daniel Geiger, a senior reporter covering commercial real estate at Crain's New York Business, talks about commercial rent and how the market is going for small businesses in New York City. 

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Is Your Apartment Ever Really Your Home? Our Favorite Answers.

On Tuesday's Brian Lehrer Show, we hosted a two-hour conversation about all things rent - from rent laws to affordable housing to advice on how to deal with roommates, landlords, and more. One key question: In a city where so many rent forever, does your rental ever truly feel like home? Below, some of our favorite answers.

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