In New York, finding a roommate or searching for new housing is tough enough under normal circumstances. The pandemic presents added challenges.

Many residents have fled the city to stay with friends or family. People who were considering moving to New York for school or work are now having second thoughts. Those searching for a roommate can find it harder than ever.

“I might be on the hook for paying for the entirety of the rent for God knows how long until the situation is resolved,” said one Inwood resident. “I think everyone’s a little bit more flaky right now, which doesn’t help.”