The for-rent advertisement on East 75th Street in Manhattan, just a half-block from Central Park, boasts natural light, a marble bathroom, and a granite kitchen. It sounds lovely, a gem of the Upper East Side—perhaps even “triple mint,” as some real estate ads breathlessly proclaim.
It better be, given that the price for the apartment is $4,095 a month.
What the listing doesn’t mention is that the building has a long history of tenant complaints and city-issued violations. Issues over the years have included mold, cockroaches, and fire safety. That information is accessible on public databases, but it can be difficult to dig up for the uninitiated. Read more..