NYC Rental Guide

Unlike apartment hunting anywhere else, the New York City rental market is confusing, chaotic and fast-paced. The Real Sisters is here to guide you through the process and make it as easy and smooth as possible for you to find your next home.

Being prepared and having a good agent by your side already places you ahead of the game. Below you’ll find an essential starter kit that includes the 3 vital things you should know before you rent your next apartment.

If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact us!


First thing you should do is read the Tenants’ Rights Guide which discloses all your rights as a tenant in New York City as per Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Also check out the NYC Housing Preservation and Development’s frequently asked questions page.


Here you’ll find the Rental Registration sheet and Commission Agreement (which summarizes your rental needs as well as expected commission); Tenant Application Requirements (a list of supporting documents needed to rent an apartment in NYC); and the Agency Disclosure Form (standard form which specifies if the real estate agent is working for the owner, the renter or both). Read more here.


You’ll often run into situations where the apartment listed online is no longer available. You’ll end up sending dozens of aimless inquiries which will get overwhelming (read more here). As a result, we suggest the Renter’s Exclusive Agreement. This is a 30-day agreement that formally makes us your exclusive real estate representative. It takes all the load off your shoulders and places it on us and our team.