Originally Posted by AlexisT
You have 2 options:
- find a private landlord (not a building) who will be flexible (buildings and management companies are tough on the 40x rule). This has perils. it can be great, or it can be shady. That goes triple in the 'burbs where illegal subdivides are a problem. (less in Westchester than by me, I think; LI is notorious for illegal apartments). If you rent an apartment in a house, ask to see the permit. In NYC this shouldn't be an issue unless it's a basement, I think. But you mentioned in another thread that you have an interview in Dix Hills, so you need to be aware of this. If you do get matched out on LI, LMK, I'll send you some info because a lot of newcomers get a nasty surprise when they find out their apartment is illegal and they have no rights.
I was a landlord in Woodlawn - the Bronx - and wouldn't have known what someone meant if they asked for a permit. Do you mean the certificate of occupancy? My house (a legal two-family) was built before COs were routinely issued so it didn't have one, IIRC. Just an FYI.
In any event, Woodlawn has a lot of two & three family homes w/rental units and smaller landlords who might be flexible. A good source for rental listings there is the Irish Echo newspaper. Not sure if this is still the case, but as of a couple of years ago, the online classifieds were rather paltry compared w/what ran in the print edition.
And, I second (third? fourth?) no NJ. I commuted to NJ from Westchester for a few years. It was an easy drive. Because my work day started @ 5 am and ended about 1 pm. If you're doing rush hour driving - ugh. Big time. My mom also did the reverse commute (went to Jersey from NY) for years and years, and it was very tough.