Rats in New York City are prevalent to the point that they have their own documentaries and even a Wikipedia page! If you are worried that a prospective apartment is infested, look no further than the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Rat Information Portal.
Findings from the Health Department’s inspections are searchable by address, or by borough, block and lot […] Buildings with “active rat signs” are shown in red. Information includes initial inspections, compliance, clean-up and baitings and whether or not the building has passed said inspections.
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