The day after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that New York would be back at “full strength’’ by July 1, with stores, offices and theaters reopening, Douglas Elliman agent Janna Raskopf woke up to 67 rental apartment inquiries in her inbox. And the volume has since remained steady, day after day.
In Raskopf’s 14-year career, she’s never seen a surge in rental demand like this.
“There’s almost like a panic amongst tenants,” Raskopf said. “I don’t know whether tenants thought they were going to have through the summer [to sign a lease], but I think a lot of people were like ‘Wait a second, I don’t live here, I need to have housing and I need to get it fast.’”
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