It's interesting that people have been making these sorts of sublet arrangements for YEARS on Craigslist, without any regulation. Why now?
I'm always looking for the drugstore card section tagged "THANK YOU FOR JOB."
@ShermMcCoy Well, there is catastrophic coverage, but most of those plans don't cover pregnancy either -- my dad always called them "if you get hit by a bus" plans. Given how many women in the U.S. become pregnant at some point in their lives, I don't think it can be treated the same as a random serious accident.
From reading that blog and renting in NYC for several years, what strikes me is not how greedy people are (although, definitely) nor how crazy real estate is here (because it is!) but how little effort some people will put into making their room for rent look like a place a person would want to live, while asking serious amounts of rent for the privilege.Some of these rooms probably aren't SO bad for the value, but by God do they look like dungeon nightmares.
@DickensianCat Really? I'm sure there is a limit, but I'd be surprised if it was 1 person per bedroom. Otherwise, I think between all-but-live-in significant others and short-term crashers, most of my NYC apartments have broken this law.
@Titania Hey, we're not all wasteyfaced Eurotrash skeezes! Signed, a person staying in an Airbnb rental right now. (But I'm sorry your neighbors did it.)
I've eaten there! Lauren, I'd like to apologize for drinking 87 glasses of water (I always do this at restaurants, I think it's nerves) and forcing our server to fetch tons of those bottles.
Jia, please do more of these.
I think I'm going to start telling people I have roommates because my place would just be too big and empty without them, because then it sounds like a choice instead of "Well, they cover 2/3rds of the rent." What often sticks out to me in these minimalism testimonials is the fetishization of counting all your things -- especially clothes. I could definitely get by with 6 shirts, but it would be a lot easier if I were an entrepreneur and could wear whatever I wanted each day instead of business casual/ formal dress. Even if all 6 of mine were devoted to work wear, I would start repeating in the office really quickly (and then what would I work out in?) Sure, I "edit" my wardrobe when I go on a trip, but right now my clothes -- for all occasions from lounging to professional presentation -- fit in the closet and that's fine for me. What is so much more virtuous about a half-empty closet, rather than a full one in which every thing is appreciated and used?
$10 for a bottle of wine for tonight to pair with my Netflix. $10 for coffee and a pastry with a friend tomorrow. $20 for some color copies I need for some upcoming job interviews. On Sunday I'm heading out of town, so that's $10 for a card to buy the AirTrain to JFK (my Metrocard can get me the rest of the way), $28 when I get there for a week pass on their public transit, and maybe $10 for snacks. I try to pack a snack when I go to the airport, but then I get cravings. What makes airport snacks so delicious? $78.