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Looking for Apartments, Update 5

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You may remember that I had been looking for a new apartment. At the time, my girlfriend and I were planning to live with each other. Since then, we have decided to delay cohabitation.

In any event, I searched for affordable one-bedroom apartments near my office, but I didn’t find anything that convinced me it was worthwhile to move from my current location. My noisy neighbors have moved out, and for the moment, my lack of overtime frees me up to take care of my chores during the week, such as laundry. This in turn will allow me to visit my girlfriend’s new apartment over the weekend.

I’ve renewed my lease for a year, but if I decide not to continue living here — either to move in with Amy or to transfer to a new job — I will break my lease. I’ve considered the implications, and it’s not horrible as long as I can plan ahead.

With the new lease, my rent is increasing to $901 a month. The photograph at the top of this post is a picture of the apartment complex where I live.

Updated January 16, 2010 and originally published June 30, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Kyle

So you’re not moving to NJ’s Gold Coast, huh? Well, at least your rent isn’t increasing by the standard 7.25% in NYC this year. Best of luck to you!

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avatar Doobie

So Rupert’s sticking around for a little while longer?

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avatar Luke Landes

Rupert (my cat) is sticking around, and so am I. Thanks, Kyle for all your suggestions about the Edgewater area. I’m leaving the option open for the future… it seems like a great area to live.

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avatar saving advice

I’m sure that you have worked out the numbers, but I was just curious what extra fees you’d have and how much you’d estimate it would cost if you broke the lease?

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