Searching for a Dream Apartment But Finding Only Nightmares

Where have you lived, Zoe Daniels?

One Way to Afford Living in an Expensive City: Live in an Abandoned Office

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, but if you’re looking for some cheap rent, you could consider applying to become a “guardian” of an abandoned office building. Nicole Vloeimans, an NGO worker, pays $635 a month to live in one, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Reader Mail: Why Don’t You Want to Buy A House?

I’m pretty sure I read in one of your articles or comments that you didn’t plan on being a homeowner one day. I was wondering about why that might be. My parents try to be pretty practical when it comes to money and I’ve heard them say things about how rent is basically throwing away money and its better to have that money go towards a mortgage. Obviously it makes sense to rent while we’re young, but I was just curious why someone who is really into spending wisely wouldn’t want to own a home. Maybe I’m missing something? — S.S.

How to Find an Apartment in New York City

Time Out New York just published their annual feature on how to rent an apartment in New York City, and it’s fantastic as usual.

Brokers vs. Bedbugs: Which is Worse?

Brokers and bedbugs are not unique to cities, but they are native to them, and inescapable. They are invasive parts of the eco-system, specifically the most vulnerable, personal part of it: your home. Neither can be ignored; neither, after you meet one, forgotten.