Dancer, 29, who was forced out of her New York City apartment when her landlord DOUBLED her rent has the last laugh after discovering the unit it still empty weeks later – despite the price being lowered by $600
A woman has the last laugh after discovering that her landlord, who forced her out of her apartment when he raised the rent, couldn’t find a new tenant.
Dancer Megan Bowen, 29, was shocked when she learned her building’s owners would increase her monthly rent to $4,000.
She and her boyfriend originally moved to the Bushwick pad during the height of the pandemic in the fall of 2020, then signed a lease for a bargain $2,300.
The three-bedroom, 900-square-foot apartment offered plenty of space for the couple, provided Meghan with a room for her own private dance studio, and allowed the couple to get a dog, Jazzy.
29-year-old dancer Megan Bowen from New York City was shocked to learn that her landlord planned to increase her monthly rent to $4,000, up from $2,300 three years earlier.
However, Megan got the last laugh when she discovered that her landlord had lowered her demand for rent – presumably after she couldn’t find a tenant for $4,000 a month
But after that try and fail To negotiate the high price of $4,000 set by her landlord, Megan, her boyfriend and Jazzy had no choice but to move out at the end of October.
Megan was particularly shocked by the price increase, given the problems the building had had over the years, she claimed.
According to on one TikTokShe had to manually light her stove burners, her ceiling had water damage and the toilet flush button was broken.
In another TikTok, she sarcastically revealed the building’s “landscape”: a huge pile of trash on the sidewalk next to the main entrance.
At another point, she had gone to the basement to do her laundry, only to find the floor covered in water.
In January 2021, she shared a series of TikToks One day, she revealed that heavy rain turned the entire stairwell of her four-story building into a waterfall.
Megan got the last laugh, however, when she looked up her former apartment’s listing on StreetEasy a few weeks after moving — and discovered that the asking rent had been reduced to $3,400, presumably because the landlord hadn’t been able to find it. a tenant for $4,000 per month.
“You know how my landlord raised my rent to $4,000, making it too expensive and forcing us to move?” Megan summed it up in a TikTok shared last week.
The apartment had also experienced a slew of problems, including flooding in the basement laundry room
Megan also had to manually light her stovetop burners and her ceiling had visible water damage after the building was flooded
In addition, the toilet handle in her old apartment had broken – and in January 2022 she discovered that the stairwell had turned into a waterfall due to heavy rain
‘I did some searching because I thought, “No one pays that much. I know no one is going to pay that much.”
‘I did a little research. I thought, “Has someone moved in?” I’m very curious: has anyone moved into that apartment?
‘No! They didn’t! It’s still listed – and they dropped it for $600!’ Megan fumed as she showed a screenshot of the ad, at 308 Jefferson Street in the heart of Bushwick, near Maria Hernandez Park.
‘They didn’t even want to negotiate with me. They didn’t even want to negotiate the new price. Here they are now with an empty unit!’ she exclaimed.
Megan has now found an apartment in another neighborhood to sublet for the time being, which came with a roommate.
The setup also meant that she would live temporarily apart from her boyfriend and their dog.
The way she put it in one TikTok: ‘Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.’