Senior citizens finding it hard to locate an apartment
Feb 05, 2016
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The real deal. It has been this way for years. Since there are more Senior today than 10 years ago, here are true circumstances that exist today. First off, whether you are financially comfortable, or just sold a home but wanting an apartment now, you will experience hurdles you never expected in your life.
As a Broker for 37 years it kills me to see so many Landlords who want their apartments rented but give you the riot act of who or what they have in mind for their apartments to rent. Have some laughs its true. Sure there are laws but their is the neighborhood law.
6 rooms-3 beds. a terrace available- couple or single only?
5 rooms-2beds. -single or couple only
Now if the average is about 5% of Landlords that would accept a senior citizen, consider that high. And senior citizens have no idea how difficult it is to find a landlord who will accept them as a tenant, Ridiculous reasoning by Landlords such as seniors stay home all day. Or maybe they will complain to much. Or can't afford the rent or increases.
Then on the other hand, Seniors looking for an apartment think they can find anything and exactly what they want and at the rent they want to. And do not rush seniors, even if you give them the opportunity to have a $1700 dollar apartment for $1500 dollar rent, because its to cold to move now.
Sadly this is reality in all areas of Queens. As a Broker its frustrating to find a Landlord who will except a mid 70 year old, take $200 off the rent which is unheard of anytime, and present 5 spacious rooms with a bath in a half off Eliot Avenue location. Yet a recent clients decision was to wait 3-4 weeks and then begin looking again.
What a mistake and opportunity missed big time.
Remember just because you have the money does not mean you will find the right landlord, apartment, and rent range you want to pay. (earlier I said only 5% accepts seniors which means 95% does not).