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How to rent an apartment from Copperwood Real Estate


View an Apartment

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Schedule an appointment by: calling us at (212) 390–1800; emailing us at; or stopping by our office at 317 East 84th Street, between First and Second Avenues. We look forward to helping you.


FInd the best way to meet our income requirements

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There are three ways to qualify for rent: earn a yearly income that is more than 40 times the monthly rent (excluding commission, bonus and investment gains); have a qualified guarantor who earns more than 70 times the monthly rent; or use Insurent Lease Guaranty to guarantee your rent.


Download and complete the rental application

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Download, complete, print, and sign the Rental Application. Email us at if you have any questions.


Drop off the completed application

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To start the rental process, drop by the Copperwood Real Estate office at 317 East 84th Street, between First and Second Avenues, with your completed application, a $500 security deposit and a $100 credit check fee. Or, if it’s more convenient, mail us the application, deposit and fee.


Schedule an in-person interview with us

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After we’ve approved your application, we’ll arrange a time to meet with you at the Copperwood Real Estate office to review our policies and requirements.


Sign the lease

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Following a successful interview, you’ll pay the first month’s rent and the security deposit. We’ll give you the keys so you can move in on the day your lease begins.


Move in!

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Welcome to the Upper East Side, where you’ll discover many great neighborhood amenities!

Starting the Process FAQs

How can I view an apartment?

Visit our office at 317 East 84th Street to meet with our Rental Department. Keys to our apartments are given out on a first-come, first-served basis Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 5:30pm, and Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm.

How does the deposit work?

The deposit and fully complete application start the rental process. Once you’ve been interviewed and approved, the $500 deposit is non-refundable. If you change your mind before the interview or aren’t approved during the interview process, we’ll return your deposit. The deposit must be in cash or by money order made out to the building entity. If you’re approved, the deposit will go towards your first month’s rent.

Is my deposit refundable?

Deposits are 100% refundable if you’re not approved for the apartment. If you’re approved, the deposit will be used towards your first month’s rent. The separate $100 credit check fee is non-refundable.

Signing a Lease FAQs

What forms of payment are accepted at the lease signing?

We accept certified checks or money orders for the rent and security deposit. After you’ve moved in, we accept personal checks for the monthly rent.

What is included in the rent?

Heat and hot water are included. Tenants are responsible for setting up accounts and paying for electricity, telephone, cable, internet, laundry, cooking gas and renters insurance. And tenants are also responsible for terminating these services when their lease expires.

Can I FedEx documents for my lease?

Yes. Original completed lease documents can be sent to our office at 317 East 84th Street by FedEx, UPS or messenger. Please review your documents carefully and ensure that they are 100% complete before sending them to us.

Requirements for Renting FAQs

Does Copperwood Real Estate rent to students?

Yes, many of our tenants are students. Students who do not earn an income may need a guarantor or use Insurent to qualify. They may also be asked to put down a larger security deposit.

What is the income requirement for tenants?

Tenants should earn an annual income of at least 40 times the monthly rent of the apartment and be currently employed. Qualified prospective tenants should have a strong U.S. credit history and a U.S. Social Security number. If your income is less than this, you can still qualify by having a qualified guarantor or by using Insurent. You may also be asked to put down a larger security deposit.

Do you combine incomes from prospective tenants?

Married couples can combine their incomes to meet our income requirements. Roommates must each qualify on their own.

What is a guarantor?

A guarantor is someone who agrees to be legally responsible for the lease. A guarantor guarantees all the terms of the lease itself, not only the obligations of any one individual tenant. Guarantors should make an annual income of at least 70 times the monthly rent of the apartment. A qualified guarantor must be financially sound and have a strong U.S. credit history and a U.S. Social Security number. All guarantors will be listed as tenants-of-record on the lease. Unfortunately, we cannot accept guarantors who live outside of the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut).

Does Copperwood Real Estate allow out-of-state guarantors?

Yes, but only those from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

What if my guarantor does not meet the income requirements?

If you don’t meet the income requirements on your own and don’t have a qualified guarantor, we encourage you to visit Insurent Lease Guarantors at for more information on how to qualify.

If I'm not a U.S. citizen, can I rent from Copperwood Real Estate?

Yes, but you must have a U.S. guarantor from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) or use Insurent.

Additional Prospective Renter FAQs

If I’m renting with a roommate, do we both have to fill out an application?

Yes. Each tenant must fill out an application and pay an individual $100 application/credit check fee.

Can I have a pet in the apartment?

We love pets, but we need to make sure they are a good fit in the building. When applying for your apartment, note that you have a pet and provide a description of its weight, age and breed. Cats and small- to medium-sized dogs are generally allowed; we often ask that dogs be brought into the office so we can check them out. If the pet is approved, an additional pet deposit of one month’s rent will be required.

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