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What Does Today’s Tenant Look for in an Urban Apartment

What Does Today’s Tenant Look for in an Urban Apartment

May 22, 2024 | By Elie Mansdorf


The urban landscape is rapidly evolving, and so are the preferences of those who inhabit it. In particular, individuals aged 24 to 36 are redefining what it means to be a tenant in the city. This demographic is driving a shift towards a lifestyle that prioritizes flexibility and convenience. Developers and even the old guard of landlords are starting to realize that their clientele is looking for something different…although sometimes reluctantly. 

Flexibility: The Key to Modern Urban Living

Flexibility is now the cornerstone of what tenants are looking for in urban apartments. Young professionals and digital nomads value the freedom to relocate for career opportunities, personal growth, or simply for the experience of living in different cities. Gone are the days of being tied down to your job and letting it determine how and where you live. Traditional long-term leases are increasingly viewed as restrictive. Instead, tenants are seeking shorter lease terms, with some opting for month-to-month agreements that offer the ultimate in flexibility.




The Covid pandemic may have sparked this reality, but the gig economy and remote work isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With the ability to work from anywhere, young professionals are no longer tethered to a single location. They prefer living arrangements that allow them to easily move as their job situations or personal preferences change. The more flexible the property, the higher the demand. 


Convenience: Minimizing the Hassles of Renting


The other buzzword is convenience. Quite frankly, in today’s door dash culture, convenience is as critical as flexibility. The traditional burdens of long-term renting—maintenance, utility management, and furnishing—are increasingly unattractive. Today’s tenants want to avoid these hassles, preferring living situations that simplify their lives. 


This desire for convenience has led to the popularity of fully furnished apartments with all-inclusive utilities, wifi, and convenient services at your fingertips.. Such setups eliminate the need for tenants to spend time and money on furniture shopping or dealing with utility companies. The old adage “time is money,” rings true with today’s tenants. There is a tremendous appeal to moving into a ready-to-live-in space, where everything from kitchen utensils to bed linens is provided. 




The Relevance and Popularity of Co-Living


Co-living focuses precisely on flexibility and convenience, making it particularly attractive to today’s tenants. Co-living involves renting a private bedroom within a furnished, shared apartment, and provides a solution that meets the needs of the modern tenant. While there are a number of platforms out there, Roomrs, is one that focuses on providing co-living for multiple budget ranges. 


One of the primary benefits of co-living is cost efficiency. By sharing common spaces and amenities, tenants can enjoy higher-quality living environments at a lower cost compared to traditional renting. This is especially appealing in expensive urban areas where housing affordability is a significant concern.


Co-living also fosters a sense of community, which is increasingly important for young adults who might otherwise feel isolated in a big city. Shared living spaces and organized community events facilitate social interaction, helping residents build connections and networks that can be both personally and professionally enriching.




Moreover, co-living arrangements often come with flexible lease terms, catering to the desire for mobility. Tenants can typically sign leases ranging from a few months to a year, with options to extend or move out without the penalties often associated with breaking traditional leases.


Meeting the Needs of Today’s Tenant


The preferences of modern urban tenants in the 24-36 age bracket are clear: they seek flexibility and convenience above all else. This shift is reshaping the rental market, with an increasing demand for short-term leases, fully furnished units, and smart home technologies. Co-living stands out as a particularly relevant solution, offering the right mix of affordability, community, and flexibility. Looking for some examples? Check out Roomrs' availabilities here. If you’re a landlord interested in partnering with us, you can learn more here.



Elie Mansdorf

Elie Mansdorf, Head of Real Estate

Elie Mansdorf is a distinguished professional with a unique blend of real estate, corporate development and executive experience. Elie holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law, and a Masters in Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both from Yeshiva University. Elie is renowned for a transformative approach to driving partnerships and growth across a spectrum of industries. He is recognized for a distinguished history of orchestrating high-value transactions, bringing extensive expertise in sourcing, leading, and finalizing deals across diverse sectors. His professional background includes senior executive roles at numerous national and global companies such as Thrasio, Blink Fitness, and Eden Health, and Diggifi. Elie is currently the Head of Real Estate for Roomrs, a premier provider of furnished housing and co-living in NYC, where he is focused on growing the Roomrs portfolio

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