AH-HA! I knew it. I knew this apartment was too expensive. I saw online that my two-bedroom $1350/month apartment was going for $1295 online. I don’t think so, Landlord.
I saw that PF pal Saving Cents in the City recently negotiated her monthly rate down and I’m thinking I can do the same. Perhaps I could even get a lower rate than what’s advertised by threatening to leave. Dare I?! He doesn’t want to go through all the mess of having to find a new tenant. Believe me, I have been an angel: Rent paid on time. Minimal utility use. Immaculately clean. Adorable decorations. I even lined the outdoor porch with flowers. (<–See? Angelic.)
There’s no doubt I will contact him about this. The only thing I am curious about is when. And how. My apartment lease runs out at the end of July. Old roommate A will be leaving in June (*tears*) and new roommate D will move out of the former spacious living room and into the big bedroom for the next year. Should I contact him now, three months before I resign? Next month? Wait to hear from him about possibly renewing the lease? Do I contact him by email or by phone? Should I go ahead and grab the apartment across the hall advertised online?!? (Nah, wouldn’t do that).
But seriously–any thoughts would be appreciated!