Whether you are moving to New York City for work or school, or already here and need a short term rental for a family visit or a workspace away from noisy roommates, the new online marketplace Ditch the Space is a resource that can save both time and money.
Simply, Ditch the Space connects those of us who want to sublet with people looking for a short-term space. The website encourages listing spaces with special features, such as a free gym membership or other discounts.
I just found a furnished shared office space across the street from the Empire State Building, and a duplex on the Upper East side with a wood-burning fireplace.
A listing costs $4.99, and it works this way:
For space ditchers:
Upload photos and videos to generate interest in the space. You can choose to sublet, or assign your space based on terms of your lease agreement. When renters contact you, arrange a showing, and negotiate the terms.
For space searchers:
Sort by neighborhood, size, price, or other features, such as fully furnished, or that free gym membership, and view spaces on the Ditch the Space website until you find the one you want, and contact the “ditcher”. It’s that easy.
There’s also a premium service for brokers and property managers with unlisted spaces.
Ditch the Space has been featured on TV, including on CNBC and ESPN. Check the website, or their Facebook page.
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