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This week, readers were interested in learning about how owning an apartment—or a multi-family building—has been impacted under New York's new rent laws. Most significantly: New limits cap rent increases for upgrades to an apartment or building, and there are new restrictions that affect market-rate apartments. Experienced landlords are shying away from buying again and first-time buyers of apartments to rent out will want to take note.

Here, in full, are the week's top stories.

How investment buying has changed as a result of New York's rent reforms

I just found out the windows along the entire side of my apartment are going to get bricked up. What can I do? [sponsored]

The 21 best questions to ask potential roommates to get the perfect match

The 8 biggest hurdles for first-time NYC renters, solved

Roommates from hell: New Yorkers recall their worst experience sharing an apartment