I’m planning to move to Manhattan in August. How far in advance do I need to start looking for rental apartments?

Q: I’m planning to move to Manhattan in August. How long ahead of time should I start looking for rental apartments? I don’t want to start too early and fall in love with something and have it be rented out by the time I need to move.

A: The real estate market has really heated up in Manhattan, and it’s recommended that you start your apartment search at least 6-8 weeks prior to your anticipated move-in date. Many of your rental options may be in condominiums that are being offered for lease, in which case there will be an application process that can take up to two weeks. We also recommend that you establish a banking relationship in New York and bring your written recommendations from previous landlords so that if you do “fall in love” with an apartment, you can react quickly to secure it. Wishing you the best in your search. Please let us know if we can put you in touch with an Elliman Rental Specialist to assist you with your search.

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