We had a good agent so things worked out for us in the end. But I feel it’s important to warn everyone of some issues with Bohemia. My hope in writing this is that Bohemia reads this as well, and makes some changes.First of all, they overcharge for credit checks ($125 a person. insane).
Second, their guarantor form demands far too much from a guarantor. Firstly in that according to the contract, guarantors are liable for anything that happens in the apartment with no cap on cost. The lease is far more detailed in terms of the landlords insurance etc… Bohemia needs to rewrite this form so it is more detailed.
Secondly, the guarantor form states that the guarantor will remain on the lease despite any changes to the lease. So, let’s say your dad is a guarantor for you and your roommates. You get a new job and move…when the lease is renewed, you request to be off of it. Your dad could technically still be kept on there as a guarantor, and according to Bohemia’s Guarantor Form, without his knowledge! How many leases in NYC have someone else’s dad on them as a guarantor, I wonder.
In my case, my dad was signing on as our guarantor. He brought all these issues to my attention and we tried to speak with Bohemia about them. The supervisor my dad spoke to at Bohemia was inflexible and pressured my dad to sign right then despite his discomfort. He said if he didn’t sign the form as is, I’d loose my deposit.
Ultimately, the only reason my dad was able to sign this form was because we went around Bohemia and their crooked form. We did some googling, called the management company directly and worked out what the guarantor form was actually holding my dad responsible for.
Thirdly, we had Bohemia try and change the lease after we had already moved in. They got in contact, said they messed up and gave us the wrong lease, and asked us to resign. We had been given a Rent Stabilized lease and they wanted to switch it to a Free Market Lease. We said no…but again, it seemed like a situation where they were trying to take advantage of us.
It’s tough. It’s NYC. Housing is so competitive. And if you’re an artist (like me) with less than amazing credit, people make you feel like you have to play exactly by their rules even if it makes you uncomfortable or doesn’t make sense…that’s bullying! I think Bohemia needs to change their guarantor form to be more reasonable. Stop backing people into corners, overcharging for credit checks and using fear to take advantage.
CHANGE YOUR GUARANTOR FORM, BOHEMIA! And WHY are credit checks that much!?