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The Difference Between A Landlord & A Property Manager

Posted by All Area Realty Services Team on Jun 5, 2019 1:19:42 PM

iStock-855667636Welcome to NYC real estate where the options are endless! Should you pay a broker’s fee? Should you live in a new building? Should you live in a landlord operated building or a building operated by management? There are many things to look for when deciding on moving into a building operated by a management company as opposed to one run by the landlord.

A landlord owned and run building is where the landlord does the day to day management of the building. A building operated by a property management company is one where the landlord hires the property management company to run the day to day operations and to maintain the building. Landlord operated buildings tend to be smaller. If you want to be able to bargain, consider renting directly from landlord only managed building.

Landlords and property managers are similar because both are responsible for maintaining and running a building. Other duties include vetting tenants, resolving maintenance requests, collecting rent, upkeep of the property, and tracking property expenses.

Some differences between landlords and property management companies are when dealing with a landlord, it is a more personal relationship. While this can be beneficial if the landlord is trustworthy and cares about his tenants and building. It is detrimental when the landlord is delinquent and does not maintain the building. When you have a property management company, you are one of many and therefore, there is not a personal relationship, but property management companies are more diligent in resolving any maintenance issues you might have.

Whatever you decide, be aware that both landlords and property management companies must obey the local laws. In NYC, there are laws on heating, hot and cold water and overall safety and habitability of buildings. For more information on the basic living conditions that must be provided, look at NYC’s warranty of habitability guidelines

All Area Realty Services knows what it takes to run buildings smoothly and efficiently while keeping both tenants and owners happy.  With over 30 years of experience, and many clients with us for decades, you can trust All Area Realty Services with taking care of your building and tenants. 

Topics: Co-Op Board, Property Management, Rentals, Co-Op Building, property manager

The Gist of Rent Controlled Apartments in New York

Posted by All Area Realty Services Team on Mar 20, 2019 4:02:38 PM

Most New Yorkers are renters. In New York City, there are more than 3.2 million units with about 2.2 million being rentals. This is about 63% of New York’s housing stock. More than half of these rentals are subject to some kind of regulation. However, it is not easy to get a rent-regulated apartment.

The most common rent-regulated units are rent stabilized apartments. They have guidelines which restrict increases until the apartment hits market value, which is determined to be $2,774.76 a month.  However, the vacancy rate for a rent stabilized unit is about 1 percent for postwar units and about 2.5 percent for prewar units. Market-rate rentals are about 6 percent.


Rent-controlled apartments are very rare. Tenants who live in a rent-controlled apartments, receive the most protection because the leases strictly limit rent increases and make it difficult to evict tenants. These units were created due to the housing shortage after World War II. These units are no longer available to new tenants.

At this time, there are nearly 22,000 rent-controlled units in NYC. If you do not live in one already, then chances are that you will not get one. When a rent-controlled unit becomes available, the unit will be converted either to a rent-stabilized or a market rate apartment. 

New York City has about a third of owner-occupied homes which shows that owning a home is a dream for most New Yorkers.

All Area Realty Services is New York City’s leading real estate management company specializing in full-service property management for cooperative and condominium boards in the Manhattan area. 



Topics: Property Management, Rentals

Navigating Renter Rules and Regulations in Co-Op Buildings

Posted by All Area Realty Services Team on Mar 13, 2018 4:10:43 PM

In previous posts, we have discussed the difference between a co-op and other homeowners associations type of apartment. With all ownership styles, the rules and regulations change. Depending on which style you decide is best for your family, it will be important as a homeowner that you fully understand the rules and regulations for your building.

With spring break right around the corner, you may be thinking of adding your property on sites such as Airbnb as you travel out of town. While Airbnb can be a great way for you to make some extra spending money while on vacation, have you checked with your co-op to see if this is allowed?

In many co-op apartment buildings, if you rent your apartment out, the renter has different rules than the homeowner. Renter rules and regulations are found under renter law making it much easier for the person renting your home to break the rules than for the homeowner. Rent-controlled and rent-stabilized tenants are not subject to the rules that everybody else lives by.

Noise Complaints

iStock-660743394.jpgShould a renter in your building be getting a bit out of control, instead of addressing this with the  property management company or co-op board, this would first be a city complaint. That means, to file a complaint you’d need to call the police.

Rental Repairs

If you have allowed a renter to lease your space while you are away, it is the homeowners responsibility to pay for any repairs. Hopefully, you’ve done your due-diligence and had a rental contract signed that stated any repairs would be taken out of the deposit on the property and additional repairs would require the renter to pay for them, so you are not out of pocket. For questions on drafting leasing or property management, contact professional property management company, All Area Realty Services.

All Area Realty Services is New York City’s leading real estate management company specializing in full-service property management for cooperative and condominium boards in the Manhattan area. 



Topics: Property Management, Rentals