Finding a decent no-fee New York City apartment – especially in a great Manhattan neighborhood – takes time, work, and luck. That's why so many people begrudgingly opt to plunk down 15% of their annual rent to let a broker do the legwork for them. But with just a little savvy, rest assured that it can be done.
You can often find no-fee Manhattan apartments by going directly to NYC property management companies.
Many buildings allow you to eliminate the broker middleman by renting directly through their management companies. In short, no fees, and no hassles. Below is a list of some property management companies that offer no-fee New York City apartment rentals:
Property Management Companies in NYC: Rockrose
Rockrose manages luxury apartment buildings in Battery Park City, the Financial District, the West Village, and Midtown West. The Rockrose website lets you easily search for available rentals and view photos and floor plans. These are beautiful buildings with lots of amenities, but they’re not cheap. Monthly rents start at about $2,500 for a studio in the Wall Street area. Make sure your credit is good, since Rockrose has high standards. rockrose.com
Property Management Companies in NYC: Jakobson Properties
Jakobson manages more than 50 Manhattan buildings, in neighborhoods like the West Village, Greenwich Village, the East Village, Chelsea, Murray Hill, and the Upper West Side.
Property Management Companies in NYC: Related Rentals
Related Rentals manages about 20 high-end rental buildings all over Manhattan. You can search for available apartments on their website – but don’t bother if you’re not willing to pay at least $2,500 a month for a studio.
Property Management Companies in NYC: Bettina Equities
Bettina Equities manages a large number of rental buildings all over Manhattan. The buildings range from affordable pre-war walk-ups to luxury high-rises. The best deals can be found on the Upper East Side. On their website, you can search for available apartments by neighborhood or rent price range. bettinaequities.com
-- Update by Elissa Garay