Rent controlled- Rent Stabilized apartments
I've done some reading and tried to the best of my ability to figure out what exactly the difference between rent controlled and rent stabilized apartments in NYC is, and I can't say I really understand. Anyway, I'm pretty sure that my apartment is rent controlled because it's really old and I think most people who live there have been living there for a long time, however this may not mean that my apartment itself is rent controlled, I don't think it is because it's been slightly renovated and the other apartments in my building are not, and I'm pretty sure they're only a fraction of our rent. I know people who live in my neighborhood in similar types of buildings and pay only $500-$700 a month. My rent is $1542 a month, and I have two roommates so we each pay around $500. So yes this is cheap, but I wanna be done living with these guys. I am much more responsible with my money, we just have different lifestyles. My roommate bounces checks, not because she doesn't have the money but because she doesn't bother to balance her checkbook or keep track of what's in her account, and I often feel like she just gives me the rent when it's convenient for her, like after she's bought what she wants with her paycheck..like a bread machine, a rice cooker, and a caligraphy set. She owes me $400 and while I know I'll get it, it is eternally frustrating for me to come home from work every single day and see the abundance of food and baking supplies she's bought so she can make more than what's necessary...half of what she makes goes to waste and I think she just bakes as a hobby more than to eat, which is fine, but not when you're blowing all this money on unnecessary baking supplies instead of managing your money well enough to pay your rent on time. My other roommate has people over a lot and sometimes my kitchen glasses get broken, things are spilled on the furniture I bought, or one of my bathroom towels goes missing, once my subway map was taken off the wall...annoying things like that. I'm good with my money so I appreciate each item I bring into the house...I'm not wasteful and I like what I buy to be maintained so I can use it for a while, so for things to randomly disappear or get ruined really irritates me. I could list a million reasons why I don't want to live with them but long story short I am a lot more mature and a lot more responsible. I desperately want to move out when the lease is up in August and I would love to be able to get into a rent controlled place like what the other people I know have, but I have no idea how to go about this. I don't care AT ALL if the place is super old and unrenovated, in fact, I prefer that to newly renovated apartments. If I could get in a place for $500-$700 a month and be able to live on my own and not have to chase after anyone for rent and just be responsible for myself my quality of living would be enhanced ten fold. I would prefer to stay uptown, but would like to stay between 125th-168th. I'm thinking maybe my best bet would just be to call the numbers listend in those old apartments and ask around...I'm just slightly doubtful that anyone is going to be willing to rent one to a 19 year old college student, but who knows. I can't say I blame them for this, but I can also say I'm miserable living where I am and cannot afford any more than $500-$600 a month on my own. And with that said, I am a hard worker, I don't have help, and I'm trying really hard to become a nurse while working almost full time, so I think I deserve some help too. Any information on how to get one of these apartments would be greatly appreciated.