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Gotham City has just introduced a legal requirement that the number of tenants living in an apartment not exceed 3 persons. When a recession occurs and average incomes fall, the number of apartments putting up walls to make room for converted shared rooms goes up. Converted shared apartments reduce rent paid by each tenant. Therefore, though vacancies tend to rise in economic recessions, finding apartment accommodations in Gotham City will not be made more difficult by a recession.

Which of the following would be most important to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

(A) Whether in Gotham there are any apartments that charge leaseholders additional rent for each additional tenant in an apartment
(B) Whether the number of apartment hunters increases significantly during economic recessions
(C) What the current limit for number of tenants in an apartment in Gotham is
(D) What proportion of city tenants currently live in apartments that already have an extra wall that converts a large living room into an extra converted shared room
(E) Whether in the past a number of apartments in Gotham have had tenant-apartment ratios well in excess of the new limit

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Re: Gotham City has just introduced a legal requirement that [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 08:31
As per my view:
I can see two options B and D
B : is there so much of residential issue that people need to share place.
D : If already people are sharing then what is use of the law now?
So from these two argument says in 1st line about 3 people law...if this would have been the issue then it would have satisfied D.
But in the last line it says there won't be any issue of searching house during crisis, taht means people increses during this crisis for rent so they search houses.And the law will be helpful in that time.So it satisfies B , that how many people will be available during crisis so that law will be helpful.

Please let me know if it helps!!!!
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Gotham City has just introduced a legal requirement that the number of tenants living in an apartment not exceed 3 persons. When a recession occurs and average incomes fall, the number of apartments putting up walls to make room for converted shared rooms goes up. Converted shared apartments reduce rent paid by each tenant. Therefore, though vacancies tend to rise in economic recessions, finding apartment accommodations in Gotham City will not be made more difficult by a recession.

Which of the following would be most important to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

(A) Whether in Gotham there are any apartments that charge leaseholders additional rent for each additional tenant in an apartment
(B) Whether the number of apartment hunters increases significantly during economic recessions
(C) What the current limit for number of tenants in an apartment in Gotham is
(D) What proportion of city tenants currently live in apartments that already have an extra wall that converts a large living room into an extra converted shared room
(E) Whether in the past a number of apartments in Gotham have had tenant-apartment ratios well in excess of the new limit

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Wow really good question.

Try to figure out what going on sentence by sentence

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Gotham City has just introduced a legal requirement that the number of tenants living in an apartment not exceed 3 persons.


Ok A new law come into the picture. No more than 3 persons per apartment

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When a recession occurs and average incomes fall, the number of apartments putting up walls to make room for converted shared rooms goes up


Of course more people in a single apartment means fewer costs for the tenants and more money for the owner

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Converted shared apartments reduce rent paid by each tenant.


What just I said thanks to a pre-thinking

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Therefore, though vacancies tend to rise in economic recessions, finding apartment accommodations in Gotham City will not be made more difficult by a recession.


This is the conclusion of our stimulus and we have to strenghten and weaken AT THE SAME TIME in order to evaluate the same.

TIPS: most of the time evaluate an argument stays in between what I just said and must be true because is strongly related to the argument itself (a sort of restatement of what the argument says, in a broad sense)

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(A) Whether in Gotham there are any apartments that charge leaseholders additional rent for each additional tenant in an apartment


Is not related. Out

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(B) Whether the number of apartment hunters increases significantly during economic recessions


MMMMM seems good

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(C) What the current limit for number of tenants in an apartment in Gotham is


hold it

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(D) What proportion of city tenants currently live in apartments that already have an extra wall that converts a large living room into an extra converted shared room


I'm not quite sure what that means but is too convoluted: extra wall but we care about to find an apartment where to live........OUT

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(E) Whether in the past a number of apartments in Gotham have had tenant-apartment ratios well in excess of the new limit


The past is over...who cares of the past

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(C) What the current limit for number of tenants in an apartment in Gotham is


mmmmmmm what is the current level maybe is good maybe not. However, we are talking about something that will happen who came into town wants to find a flat. The current do not affect if we can or not find a lodging. Is really tricky this one, think anbout that: we are 10 people that we are just arrived in NEW York City we do not know the number of the current number of tenants. Rather, we have to care about if we are alone OR another million people are searching for something similar to what we are looking for. So the latter scenario will be OUR scenario.

In other words, if could be or not competition for a flat. This kind of reasoning leads us straight to answer choice B

B wins

In fact our conclusion talks about: even though the vacancies tend to rises during a period of recession....and this could be even true but if the rises is more than who search we reinforce the argument BUT if the flats will be fewer than the people we weaken the argument.

Hope this helps you. It was a really good question
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Re: Gotham City has just introduced a legal requirement that [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 13:18
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Hi Dhairya275

I'm happy to help.

This question id difficult because it’s hard to connect ideas in the stimulus.

ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:

Fact: Legal requirement that the number of tenants living in an apartment not exceed 3 persons.
Fact: Recession occurs and average incomes fall, the number of apartments putting up walls to make room for converted shared rooms goes up.
Fact: Converted shared apartments reduce rent paid by each tenant.
Conclusion: Finding apartment accommodations in Gotham City will not be made more difficult by a recession.

We have two things in mind:
(1) Supply: the number of apartments putting up walls increases.
(2) Demand: the number of tenants want to rent shared rooms also increases.
Conclusion: It’s not difficult to find a shared room.
Assumption: Supply is always greater than demand. If NOT, it will be difficult to find a shared room. Let attack this point.

ANALYZE EACH ANSWER:
Which of the following would be most important to determine in order to evaluate the argument?

(A) Whether in Gotham there are any apartments that charge leaseholders additional rent for each additional tenant in an apartment
Wrong. Even though there is additional charge, it’s still NOT difficult to FIND a shared room if the additional charge is not too much high).

(B) Whether the number of apartment hunters increases significantly during economic recessions
Correct. We need the relationship between demand and supply. If we don’t have that info, it’s hard to say finding a shared room is not difficult. B correctly states the that. Thus, B attacks the main point and is correct.

(C) What the current limit for number of tenants in an apartment in Gotham is
Wrong. Because there is nothing indicating the change of limit for number of tenants in an apartment in Gotham. We should assume that the current limit is 3. Thus, C does not help anything.

(D) What proportion of city tenants currently live in apartments that already have an extra wall that converts a large living room into an extra converted shared room
Wrong. TEMPTING but wrong. We only know the proportion of tenants who live in apartments putting up with walls. But we do NOT know this proportion is HIGH or LOW. We can’t say anything about the relationship between demand and supply.

(E) Whether in the past a number of apartments in Gotham have had tenant-apartment ratios well in excess of the new limit
Wrong. We are talking about the current situation, not the past. Thus, E does not help.

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