Negotiating apartment rent

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  1. TFW10

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    Has anyone tried to negotiate their rent on their apartment?

    If so how did it work out?
     
  2. Aernaroth

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    Are you in an area where renters are uncommon? No? Then they'll likely just tell you to pound sand because there's other people who are also looking at the same place.

    Other than that, it depends on how you negotiate and over what.
     
  3. Macross7

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    I've never heard of negotiating over an apartment. Unless you know the owner or it is a privately owned apartment, I can't think why they would even think of negotiating. An apartment complex or building will be 'pay us what we ask or bye-bye'.
     
  4. TFW10

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    Thanks guys for your input but I found a couple of tenants that did negotiate their one bedroom apartment and told me how to go about it.
     
  5. jestermon

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    Unless it's an individual that is renting an apartment those company places won't let you negotiate the set rents.
     
  6. grimlock1972

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    Good luck with the negotiations.
     
  7. spikex

    spikex Nightbird is my bitch

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    As a landlord and investor, this is exactly what I do. Where I live there are plenty of other people who will rent it if someone has an issue with the price. That being said, i do run my business with morals and I don't gouge like others do. As long as the property pays for itself and makes $100-$200/month Cashflow then I'm good. I'd rather have a long term, reliable renter to build a relationship with than gouging and finding new renters at the end of every lease.

    It can be tough for renters where I live as the by-laws heavily favor the property owners. You may only raise the rent once per year but there is no limit to how high you can raise it. During the boom in '07, the average rent in my area rose by $500/month almost over night
     
  8. TFXProtector

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    ...negotiating rent? I have never heard of such a thing. Where I come from, the landlord sets the price and you either take it or you take a hike.

    What a crazy notion.
     
  9. Gort

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    I live in an apartment complex in a popular area of Atlanta and I always negotiate the rent. I don't always get what I want, but you never get anything if you don't try. It's not like you're going to offend them by asking. Last time I asked for a storage unit to be thrown in for free because I had my locked bike vandalized and then stolen (after it was fixed) from the parking garage.

    My advice is to be friendly and treat the landlord/complex manager with respect. You don't really have much leverage, but if you're friendly, follow the rules and pay your rent on time, you have a good chance of getting a little discount or, like me, a freebie.
     
  10. Rev

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    I negotiated rent when I was in a small apartment. Had there been a lot more interest I would have been out of luck, but I got it down $50/mo.
     
  11. Biotoakid

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    Easiest to negotiate with longer leases, also depends on the demand of that apartment
     
  12. Macross7

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    $50 a month? Where is rent that low? My first thought is you have many more years on all of us and this was just after you came back after liberating France.
     
  13. Omega Supreme V

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    I lol'd but seriously, did you live in a closet or something? sheesh, that's cheap.

    Never heard of negotiating rent, but I have been able to bargain with some complexes to drop the price a bit for longer length of stay. not much, maybe $50 less, but still. So what did they tell you, origin starting poster?
    I'm interested because my curent place has concrete flooring and it's absolutely killing my feet since I like to (& it's too damn hot otherwise) go bare foot. and a few other things that I could talk about to the landlord if he considers raising it more than the current amount I'm paying.
     
  14. Biotoakid

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    haha ha hahah $50 a month ha ha

    I'm looking at $700 a mmonth and that's cheap for where I'm moving wow apartments fucking blow
     
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    Sing him a song, LandLords love songs!
     
  16. spikex

    spikex Nightbird is my bitch

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    Out of curiosity, how does rent compare across the different locations represented here? I am in Edmonton, Canada and a typical one bedroom apartment goes for about $1200-$1500/month. Anyone care to post comparisons?
     
  17. Biotoakid

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    2 bedroom in Nashville Tennessee goes on average $850 a month (not in the city)
     
  18. Macross7

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    A townhouse near Rochester NY is $900/month. Gas & electric extra.
     
  19. spikex

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    Wow! Waaaay cheaper!
     
  20. MetalicGrunt

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    Manchester NH ( Still considered Boston Area) I'm in a top floor 1 BR w/Heat, hot water, trash, etc my rent just went up on a lease extension from $735 to $760.