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What's the Longest You've Lived in a Rental Apartment?

What's the Longest You've Lived in a Rental Apartment?

The recent New York Times article The Domestication of a Dive details writer Joel Hinman's 35 years of life in a fifth-floor Manhattan apartment. He first moved in with a housemate, and now, the father and husband lives in the same 2,500-square-foot apartment with his wife and young son — for less than $1300 a month.

A friend of mine lived in a San Francisco apartment for 12 years, and also reaped the benefits of living long-term in a rental: his six-bedroom apartment was ridiculously below market rate. Tell me: how long have you lived in a rental, and did you get to benefit from cheaper rent because of it?

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carolynz carolynz 7 years
Sorry I wasn't more clear- yes, lilkimbo, was right- when I moved in my rent was $1028, 5 yrs later when I moved out it was $1111. So while not cheap by most cities standards, a bargain for midtown Manhattan.
luna08 luna08 7 years
I lived in my last apt for two years with no rent increase (in fact, I talked him into $100 per month LESS before I moved in! :) I expect to be in my new place indefinitely.
mnp mnp 7 years
2+ years so far at this apartment. I'm through with moving every year when my lease expires. PLUS, I haven't had roommates these few years so it made it so much easier to stay. =) It's AWESOME to live alone.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 7 years
LOL ok that makes much more sense :-D
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I've only every lived a year in the same rental. I will probably be staying in my place until I buy a condo, which will likely mean that I'll live there two years total. City Girl, I think carolyn means that it went up $100 per month total. Like it started at $2,000 a month and by the time she moved out (5 years later) it was only $2,100 a month.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 7 years
carolynz--your rent was increased by under $100 per MONTH? That seems really steep. . . !
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 7 years
Well I grew up in San Francisco, so 18 years in the same Victorian rental (it's definitely HOME). With one exception, I didn't know anyone whose family didn't rent, and mind you all the parents were definitely well-off professionals at the tops of their various fields. It's just how it is here! Since my parents have had their place for 35 years, it's also crazily below-market, and I will be able to 'inherit' the rent control one day since I was born while they lived there.
carolynz carolynz 7 years
And- oh yes, I had lower than market rent, my rent went up less than $100 per month over the entire 5 yrs I lived there. It was in a great midtown location too.
carolynz carolynz 7 years
I lived in a rent-stabilized walk-up studio in NYC for 5 yrs.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 7 years
I've lived in my (rented) house for 5 years now. The rent is the same as the day I moved in, and I love my landlord.
steen steen 7 years
Places here in Orlando just jack the prices up every year. It eventually just became cheaper to rent house and, from there, we bought our own place.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
i've lived in my current apartment for almost two years and that is the longest i've ever been in an apartment. in college i lived in a different apartment every year.
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