Ever since I started college, the springtime brings up a host of housing questions. Will I stay in my apartment? Will I move? Do I look for a cheaper place? Who will I live with? My current roommate is my best friend who is getting married in the summer (bittersweet) so I will need to find a new roommate or move somewhere cheaper. I started in my current full-time position in June ’08 and want to give the company at least one more year. Plus, I have a lot of furniture and the price for the location is pretty good.
My apartment lease runs out on July 31st. I live in a six-apartment duplex and I know that my landlord has three vacant apartments in my building and many others on my street that he owns.
I am wondering if I can bargain with my landlord for a rent decrease. It’s not really my style because I hate confrontation, but I also hate to waste opportunities to save a little cash. I know that he wouldn’t want to lose a perfectly good tenant (me) and I don’t really want to move either, but given the right spin in this tight economy, I wonder if a rent-decrease would be possible. Or some kind of bargain, like instead of a 12-month contract, a six-month with no rent increase.
Has anyone asked for a rent decrease or bargained with their landlord before?