How Do You Find an Apartment in N.Y.C. These Days?

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It’s not an easy time to find an apartment to rent in New York City.

In a city where renters make up two-thirds of all households, rents have risen more than 30 percent between January 2021 and January 2022, according to the online listing site Apartment List. Early pandemic deals and promises of one month free have vanished, affordable housing is as difficult to find as ever and renters are facing intense competition to snap up apartments as soon as they are listed.

While this makes it difficult for people who need to find a new home, people are still moving, whether they’re trying to find housing in the city for the first time, moving in with a significant other or just switching neighborhoods. We asked readers to tell us how they managed to find a home in this difficult market.

The submissions have been lightly edited for clarity.

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