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February 2017

22 Feb 2017
Moving with PetsMoving is always challenging — even if you’re just moving yourself, a human. But moving with a furry friend can be particularly difficult, especially if you’re moving in a big city like New York. If you’re planning to move with pets, fear not! You won’t have to leave beloved Fido behind. Just keep in mind the following tips, and your transition should go as smoothly as possible.

Find Out the Landlord’s Policy First

Every landlord has their own policies regarding pets. Some landlords don’t allow any pets at all, while others allow some types of animals and still others will require you to pay extra to have animals. Before you sign a lease, find out the landlord’s pet policies. That way you’ll be able to make sure that your pet can move in with you and that you’ve got all extra fees covered. Note: NoFee Rentals is pet-friendly and their policy is handled on a pet-by-pet basis. Pets will be interviewed along with the applicant to determine if the animal can conduct itself properly. At any time we can ask you to remove your pet if its conduct is deemed objectionable.

Keep Pets from Annoying Neighbors

One key to successfully keeping a pet in an apartment building is ensuring that your pet does not annoy your neighbors. This means that you should make sure that your pet doesn’t bark at odd hours (or throughout the entire day if you’re gone), scratch at doors or do other things that could be considered a nuisance. If you have a pet that misbehaves (or is annoying), consider hiring a trainer to help or taking the pet to daycare while you’re not at home.

Keep Your Pets Occupied

If you work all day long, you shouldn’t leave your pets at home totally unoccupied and inactive all day long. So, think about how flexible your schedule is and determine whether you’ll be able to come home in the middle of the day to exercise and engage your furry friends or whether you might need to hire help. There are many professional, trustworthy dog walking (and pet sitting) services throughout the city who will provide a person that will come get your dog, take him on a walk and feed and play with him so he’s not stir crazy, cooped up and restless when you get home.

Size Matters

When you’re finding an apartment, consider the size of the place, especially if you have a large dog. With a large dog, it can be helpful to try to find a larger space. However, if you can’t find a large space to rent in the city, you can live in a small space with a large dog successfully, especially if you take some mindful steps to make the situation more comfortable.

First, establish a routine with the dog that allows the dog to get out and move around. Take him to the park, drop him off at doggy daycare or go on regularly scheduled walks so he knows he’ll always have a chance to relieve himself (this can help avoid accidents in the house!). Also, you should make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise throughout the week. Since your home won’t have much room for the dog to move about in, you should try to find your nearest off-leash dog park so that he has a chance to run free.

Having a pet can greatly enhance your life, and even if you’re moving to a big city like New York, you don’t have to give up your furry friend. Instead, by being mindful about where you choose to live, how you train your pet and how you establish a routine in your home, you can have a life that is comfortable and enjoyable for both you and your animals. With parks in close proximity to our apartments, and units with outdoor space, No Fee Rentals is the place your furry friend can happily call home.

15 Feb 2017

5 tips for living successfully with roommates in NYC

Living in New York offers countless perks: you have access to some of the world’s best restaurants, cultural attractions and job opportunities right at your doorstep. However, living in New York also presents its share of challenges, one of which is finding housing that is affordable. The housing market in New York is highly competitive and notoriously expensive, so one of the best ways for first-time New Yorkers to find a home they can afford is to live with roommates. Whether you end up living with friends or finding a housing situation via a platform like Craigslist, there are simple things you should keep in mind to make sure your living situation ends up working as smoothly as possible. The following five tips will help make living with roommates easy and enjoyable while you get your footing in NYC.

1. Discuss the Division of Finances from the Get-Go

When you first move in with roommates, it’s important to immediately decide how you will split up costs. You’ll need to determine who is going to pay for things such as the rent, electricity bill, gas bill, cable bill and internet, as well as any maintenance fees, groceries, etc. You might choose to split the costs evenly or have each person cover certain bills — there’s no one right way to do it. However, setting up financial rules from the beginning (in writing) ensures there will be no confusion or arguing about who is paying for what.

2. Set Household Goals and Values

It may sound corny, but when you first move in, it can be helpful to talk to your roommates about common household values and goals. Is it important for you to live in a space that is clean? Is quiet in the evenings important because you have work early in the morning? Lay these things out on the table, so you can make sure everyone in the space is on the same page about what is important for a happy household.

3. Keep Common Areas Clean

You may live like a tornado swept through your closet — but you should keep your mess confined to your room. Don’t leave personal belongings out in common spaces like the living room or kitchen, since it’s easy for shared spaces to get cluttered very easily. Doing your part to keep the common areas clean will encourage your roommates to do so as well — that way, the space you all spend time in together always feels nice and calming.

4. Learn Their Schedules

Most people in New York are constantly busy, pursuing work goals, artistic pursuits and enjoying time with friends. Try to learn your roommates’ schedules and be considerate of their needs. Make note of what time they tend to wake up or leave for work, when they cook breakfast and dinner, and what time they like take showers. Then you can adapt your schedule around theirs (and they to yours), and you’ll all enjoy convenient and easy access to what you need in the apartment.

5. Delineate Chores

Apartments need regular maintenance on a regular basis– the trash must be taken out, the shower cleaned and the floors swept (among other things). All these tasks should not fall to one roommate. Instead, make sure chores are delegated in a way that everyone has equal responsibility for the space. You can either assign one task to one person (for example, you take out the recycling and trash, and your roommate washes the dishes), or you can create a calendar with rotating tasks so one person isn’t stuck with cleaning the toilet bowl week after week.

Once you know WHO you’re going to live with and HOW things are going to work, it’s time to figure out WHERE you’re going to live and NoFee Rentals is the best place to start – and end – your search.

7 Feb 2017

Small NYC Apartment Hacks

Living in NYC is a dream come true for so many reasons, but it’s important to face up to the realities of city living so you can make the most of it. NYC apartments tend to be pretty darn tiny, even if you’re willing to shell out big bucks for one you love. But as long as you know what you’re getting into, you can start planning to make your first apartment in New York as cozy and well-designed as possible, even with limitations on space. Here are some great hacks for turning your tiny apartment into a comfortable and handsome place to live.

Maximize Entryway Space

Now that you’re getting settled in your small place, you’ll soon realize that you have to take advantage of every nook and cranny the apartment has to offer. You’re paying for each and every square foot, after all. Your entryway or hallway is a great place to start. It’s probably very small, but you can consider adding a thin bench or side table to create more storage options. Using the walls is also a wise idea; hang a couple of hooks for coats, scarves and your keys or a wall shelf for mail and other items you can drop off on your way into the apartment.

Hanging Storage in the Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the first places that can easily get cluttered and overwhelming. You don’t want your stuff to hog all the shelving and counter space, so think about installing a hanging pot rack from the ceiling. That way, you can get your bulky pots and pans out of the cabinets and put them on display.

Start Stacking

Many people only take advantage of the bottom of a shelf or closet for storage. You can maximize on space by stacking shelves within cabinets and closets to make use of the vertical space as well as the bottom area. You can find small stackable storage trays or buckets at hardware stores or specialty stores like the Container Store.

Use a Shoe Rack for Cleaning Supplies

Your cleaning supplies can take up heaps of room in your kitchen or bathroom. Instead of piling them all up under a sink, use an over-the-door shoe racks with individual pouches, and hang it on the inside of your bedroom or utility closet. You can fill each pouch with a bottle or a pack of sponges and save the floor or under-sink space for other stuff.

Furniture Arrangement

One important part of making an apartment look bigger is to divide it into separate spaces. If you live in a studio apartment, you can use a tall bookshelf or sofa to partition the bedroom from the living room. Ikea has great tall, square bookcases where you can leave certain squares open to allow more light into a space, like this picture. It’s also very helpful to use dual-purpose furniture, such as sofas or chairs that have storage space under the seats.

Makeshift Closet Space

It sounds crazy, but a lot of NYC apartments come with super-limited closet space or don’t even have a closet at all. If this describes your place, fear not. You can purchase armoires and buildable closets from Target or Ikea, or you can make your own with a clothing rack and a set of curtains. A folding screen is also a great way to conceal a clothing rack and give yourself a little extra storage space for your wardrobe.


Ask any interior designer. Mirrors are the magic when it comes to making small spaces seem larger because they appear to be a continuation of the room–total  visual manipulation. Rule of thumb: the larger the better but, in a small apartment, don’t go crazy. Positioning them is also key when it comes to making rooms look larger. Placed by a window, the eye is tricked into thinking that it’s another window rather than a mirror. Both space and light are amplified. Large floor mirrors placed by accent furniture also add a decorative touch to the room.

Many NoFee Rentals units have built-in loft beds, the quintessential space saver. Don’t let a small apartment infringe on your life. These apartment hacks can help you overcome the tiny-space blues and make you feel like you’re living in luxury in NYC. When you’re ready to find your perfect space, CLICK HERE