How to Apply for an Apartment Successfully

Alex Tseng | July 26, 2016

Renting an apartment in NYC is easily one of the toughest things to do successfully, right up there with applying for a job.  I've had my own fair share of battles on both fronts.  Agents said things like "Sorry that one's rented already, but we have comparables in the same area and price range that I can show you."  No thanks, Mr. Bates and Ms. Switch.

When I finally stumbled upon a real open house, I immediately dropped everything and took the subway from Chelsea up to 125th St on a hot, rainy August day, showed up to the apartment, only to see 3 others putting an application down in front of me.  They needed a copy of the application materials, but mine were saved on my laptop back in my cousin's studio where I was couchsurfing.  By the time I got back to send the forms over, the apartment had already been rented.

In NYC, especially in the summer months, you MUST apply for an apartment on the spot.  Apartments have been known to get rented in as little as 15 minutes.  To increase your chances of getting the keys to that dream apartment - or any apartment - be sure to have the following paperwork on hand, at a minimum:

- Letter of Employment (on company letterhead) or Academic Transcript
- Last 3 paystubs
- Latest federal tax return
- Landlord reference letter
- Bank statements (3 most recent)
- Personal character reference letter
- Photo ID copy
- Guarantor documents (if your income is not 40x monthly rent.  Same documents, but must make 80x monthly rent)
- Checkbook (to put in that application fee before the person coming in the door after you takes the apartment!)

Now that you've got the right documents inside that manila folder that you're gonna hand to the landlord, sign up for REMY and we'll match you with that dream apartment :)

Happy Hunting!