Searching for an apartment is ring of hell left undocumented by Dante. Between actually securing a place you deem worthy of living in, and making it through a realtor's many hoops, to the many fees and the plethora of paperwork required to actually lock the place down, renting is a sort of mental gymnastics few are trained for.

Alicia Schwartz, co-founder of rental ratings start-up Rentenna.com, is experienced in the art of stress-free apartment searches. Her experience as a successful rental broker in New York City led to her to becoming the New York Times rental expert and creating HowToRentinNYC.com. Here, Alicia shares what her rental survival guide, and tells would-be-renters what not to do when searching for their dream apartment in any city. 

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