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27th Sep '16 5:00:36 PM jjeffrey01
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', the {{Trope Namer|s}}. {{Handwave}}d by Monica claiming that her place actually belongs to her grandmother: Monica is illegally subletting it. The superintendent is actually aware that Monica is breaking the law, and one episode centered on Joey trying to persuade him not to blow the whistle after his patience runs out. That being said, there was a chunk of time where Monica was unemployed, meaning the entire apartment's rent fell to the wages of a waitress. A particularly terrible, and therefore probably poorly-tipped, waitress. (Though in fairness, Monica borrows money from Ross and makes several references to her savings being quickly depleted, so clearly she was still paying some rent.)

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', the {{Trope Namer|s}}. {{Handwave}}d by Monica claiming that her place actually belongs to her grandmother: Monica grandmother originally rented the apartment and she is illegally subletting it.it, which is actually in the realm of possibility due to rent control in Manhattan, it's not unheard of for families to occupy apartments for decades and pay under $100 for apartments that would rent for thousands on the open market. The superintendent is actually aware that Monica is breaking the law, and one episode centered on Joey trying to persuade him not to blow the whistle after his patience runs out. That being said, there was a chunk of time where Monica was unemployed, meaning the entire apartment's rent fell to the wages of a waitress. A particularly terrible, and therefore probably poorly-tipped, waitress. (Though in fairness, Monica borrows money from Ross and makes several references to her savings being quickly depleted, so clearly she was still paying some rent.)
24th Sep '16 6:45:40 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': The Emiya residence surprises quite a lot of characters who visit it, as it's a rather large, traditional Japanese-style house, with at least four spare bedrooms, a spacious yard, detached dojo, and two-story storage shed in the middle of the city. Shirou is an orphaned high school student who works several part-time jobs; and he certainly didn't have enough of an inheritance to afford such a place. The VN explains that the house is actually owned by the local {{Yakuza}} syndicate; Shirou's father Kiritsugu had rented it from them, and after his passing they allow Shirou to stay there as a favor to Kiritsugu.
17th Sep '16 10:18:25 AM dmcreif
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* Justified on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. Matt Murdock lives in a pretty large apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which has some of the highest rent prices in the United States. An apartment that realistically shouldn't be affordable for a recent law school graduate who has only just started his own practice. But, Hell's Kitchen saw property values drop due to damage sustained during the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Chitauri invasion]]. Making Matt's apartment even cheaper is its generally run-down aesthetic (though all the appliances seem to function just fine), and the bright electronic billboard across the street that shines through the living room window - an eyesore for anyone with functioning eyes, but not a problem for a blind man.

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* Justified on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. Matt Murdock lives in a pretty large apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which has some of the highest rent prices in the United States. An apartment that realistically shouldn't be affordable for As a recent law school graduate who has who's only just started starting his own practice.practice, this place should be well outside Matt's budget. But, Hell's Kitchen saw property values drop due to damage sustained during the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Chitauri invasion]]. Making Matt's apartment even cheaper is its generally run-down aesthetic (though all the appliances seem to function just fine), and the bright electronic billboard across the street that shines brightly through the living room window - an eyesore for anyone with functioning eyes, but not a problem for a blind man.


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* As [[http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/realestate/fictional-new-york-city-apartments-get-real.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 this]] ''New York Times'' article highlights, a number of new TV programs in the 2010s have been making some level of effort to avert this.
12th Sep '16 5:58:45 AM YankeeDave
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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mac's Georgetown apartment probably costs as much for one month's rent as a JAG lawyer would earn in three months. It can't even be {{handwave}}d in any meaningful way, since it's well-established that Mac came from a poor family. (To their credit, they never really even tried.) The same arguably applies to Harm's apartment, but it has the mitigating circumstance of being located "north of Union Station" (a really bad neighborhood in real life, so it's somewhat plausible that even an apartment that big and nice would be relatively cheap).
2nd Aug '16 4:51:20 AM Bissek
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** Meanwhile, Drake's next door neighbor Herb Muddlefoot was somehow able to afford an equally sized house and support a family of four as a door-to-door Quackerware (expy of Tupperware) salesman. Even if he is apparently one of the best salesmen in the company, the fact remains that leftover containers aren't very expensive, and last for years before needing replacement, so there's not much of a market for his product, and the commissions are probably pitiful.
14th Jul '16 8:53:16 PM DrOO7
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** Considering how many books she's written, it's not that implausible. Plus, she and her husband probably purchased the house at a time it was cheap and she may have used his insurance to pay off the mortgage. And she's getting her pension ''and'' his.
14th Jul '16 6:22:40 PM DrOO7
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* The heroes of ''Film/LakeviewTerrace'' buy a large, beautiful house with an in-ground pool in a wealthy district of Los Angeles, an area with very high housing costs. They refer to this as a "starter home." The villain as well, who is able to afford a house in the same neighborhood while working as a beat cop, with the additional burden of two children and a deceased spouse. Even with him mentioning "working my ass off, saving every dime", it's too implausible.

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* The heroes of ''Film/LakeviewTerrace'' buy a large, beautiful house with an in-ground pool in a wealthy district of Los Angeles, an area with very high housing costs. They refer to this as a "starter home." The villain as well, who is able to afford a house in the same neighborhood while working as a beat cop, with the additional burden of two children and a deceased spouse. Even with him mentioning "working my ass off, saving every dime", it's too implausible.implausible--[[FridgeLogic unless one assumes his late wife's insurance helped]].
13th Jul '16 11:25:59 AM DrOO7
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* ''Literature/SafeHaven'': The heroine is able to afford a bus ticket, then able to rent and fix up a cottage, despite impulsively fleeing her abusive husband and only finding work as a waitress. Especially glaring as it's ''completely'' the opposite of what happens in the book--it takes an entire year for her to save the money and she has to barely eat and stay in cheap motels in order to get by.
15th Jun '16 2:00:26 PM nielas
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* Tony [=DiNozzo=] of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' lives in a very nice apartment for a guy living on a cop's salary. Late in season 13 [=McGee=] does some digging and learns that he paid well below market price for it, as well. It turned out that the apartment was once the site of a gruesome triple homicide, after which nobody wanted to live there anymore, so Tony was able to get the place cheap and then redecorated over the more persistent bloodstains.

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* Tony [=DiNozzo=] of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' lives in a very nice apartment for a guy living on a cop's salary. Late in season 13 [=McGee=] does some digging and learns that not only does Tony own the apartment outright but he bought it back when he was still a probationary agent and thus was not making much money. It turns out that Tony paid well below market price for it, as well. It turned out that the apartment since it was once the site of a gruesome triple homicide, after which nobody wanted to live there anymore, so anymore. Tony was able to get the place cheap and then redecorated over the more persistent bloodstains.bloodstains. Tim then informs Tony that if Tony wanted to sell the apartment, enough time has passed since the murders that he is no longer legally required to inform potential buyers of its sordid history and thus could get full market value for it.
29th May '16 10:33:36 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' discusses this trope in its article [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-hollywood-tricked-you-into-hating-poor-people/ 5 Insane Things You Believe About Money (Thanks to Movies)]].
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