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January 2016

12 Jan 2016
Fire Safety Tips for Your Rental ApartmentAs we heard the fire truck alarm bells ring through the streets the other day (thankfully, not to a No Fee Rental apartment), we were reminded how important fire safety is to protecting lives and the contents of your rental apartment.  All tenants – whether a single in a studio or four renters in a multi bedroom share– are given a Fire Safety Plan upon signing their rental apartment lease, but we can never reinforce these key points too much.


  • Basic fire prevention and fire preparedness measures that will reduce the risk of fire and maximize your safety in the event of a fire.
  • Basic information about your building, including the type of construction, the different ways of exiting the building, and the types of fire safety systems it may have.
  • Emergency fire safety and evacuation instructions in the event of fire in your building.

CALL 911

These are fire safety tips that everybody should follow:

  • Every apartment is equipped with at least one smoke detector. Check them periodically to make sure they work. Most smoke detectors can be tested by pressing the test button. Replace the batteries in the spring and fall when clocks are moved forward or back an hour, and whenever a smoke detector chirps to signal that its battery is low.
  • Carelessly handled or discarded cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths. Never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy, and be especially careful when smoking on a sofa. Be sure that you completely extinguish every cigarette in an ashtray that is deep and won’t tip over. Never leave a lit or smoldering cigarette on furniture.
  • Matches and lighters can be deadly in the hands of children. Store them out of reach of children and teach them about the danger of fire.
  • Do not leave cooking unattended. Keep your stove top clean and free of items that can catch on fire. Before you go to bed, check your kitchen to ensure that the oven is off and coffeemakers unplugged.
  • Never overload electrical outlets. Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed. Never run extension cords under rugs. Use only power strips with circuit-breakers.
  • Keep all doorways and windows leading to fire escapes free of obstructions, and report to the No Fee Rental management office any obstructions or accumulations of rubbish in the hallways, stairwells, fire escapes or other means of egress (i.e., exiting the building).
  • Familiarize yourself and members of your apartment with the location of all stairwells, fire escapes and other means of egress.
  • With the members of your apartment, prepare an emergency escape route to use in the event of a fire in the building. Choose a meeting place a safe distance from the apartment building where you should all meet in case you get separated during a fire.

Refer to your Fire Safety Plan about evacuation procedures

If you can’t locate your Fire Safety Plan, please contact the No Fee Rental office and we will provide you with another copy.

And remember, in case there is a fire, it is important to stay calm and follow the directions of the New York City firefighters.  Your safety is our primary concern.


6 Jan 2016
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Everyone needs to start somewhere. For some celebrities, their start in New York City began with a No Fee Rental apartment.  Some had not yet been discovered, while others were on their way to bigger stardom.

11 Waverly Place, just around the corner from Washington Square in Manhattan, has a very storied history. Four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke’s first novel Eleven Waverly Place, a romance about an actor who meets a singer in Greenwich Village, was retitled The Hottest State just before publication. This fictional tale is reportedly filled with autobiographical bits.  Actress, singer, and model Zoey Kravits rented an apartment at 11 Waverly Place. The daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet had a perfect location for pursing her interests in film, modeling, and singing. In fact, she went back to her New York stomping grounds and the Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side for the debut of her album with Lolawolf . Mara Wilson of Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire called 11 Waverly Place home while attending NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. And for those of you who remember Selena Gomez from her Disney Channel days, she stared in the Wizards of Waverly Place for 5 years. Sadly, the sandwich shop that her TV family owned was not real, nor were the sets – the series was filmed at Hollywood Center Studios in California. Today, you can still see tourists walking around trying to see if there are any lingering Wizards artifacts.

Further uptown at 19 West 69th Street, and another No Fee Rental apartment building, there have been all kinds of fun people coming and going. David Schwimmer of Friends fame (who didn’t love Ross Geller?!), called this landmarked building — just steps from both Central Park and Lincoln Center — home for a while.

In New York City, you never know who you are going to see or which neighbor is a rising star. It’s part of the city’s big eclectic fun.  It also makes for great party conversation! Ready to start your NYC adventure with the perfect apartment? CLICK HERE

Photo Credit: Marco Manna