Ever haggled over rent prices?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve done it when I was renting but for consecutive year increases not the original rental fee

Post # 4
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11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@tmsing:  Haggled to lower the rent, no. Haggled to delay or cancel an increase in rent, yes. My DH and I have successfully negotiated our rent from being raised a total of three years in a row. This year we agreed to a very minor rent increase on the condition that several large scale improvements were made….we got exactly what we wanted.

If you are a good tenant landlords will do what they can to keep you there.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes.  We did this when we rented from a large management company and lived in a larger building with some vacancies.  Now we rent from a couple a few years older than us, so it didn’t seem appropriate to negotiate. 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We lived in a building owned by a large corporation, who didn’t care if you didn’t like the rent.  They attitude was, rent at our price, or move out.  They own thousands of apartments in the area, though and had no shortage of people trying to move in.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

HA. In Boston, that would get you laughed out the door! The rental market here is crazy competitive, so there’s always someone right behind you who will take the apartment if you don’t.

The only times I’ve heard of this happening are when certain people offer to pay MORE than the asked rent, simply because nice, affordable apartments are so hard to come by. My sister is a real estate agent and generally works in the rental market – she’s had some prospective tenants offer to pay $300 or more per month over the asking price.

It probably depends on where you live, though.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@abbie017:  Same here, large management company. We tried but it was useless.

Our rent increased by almost $200 one year. We were good tenants. No problems, one service call over 3 years when our furnace went out (quick fix, pilot light went out). We tried to negotiate with them and nope, no way. We told them we’d be leaving if they raised the prices that much and they’d be losing good tenants. They didn’t give a crap so we left.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I managed to haggle £25  off my rent.  If you don’t ask you don’t get

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@tmsing:  I did this year. They wanted my rent to go up from 825 to 865. I called my property manager and said LOL no. He wanted to only go down to 850. I pay 845 a month now. I have lived in my apartment since 2010 and back then, my rent was 795.00

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@tmsing:  In Boston (because there are so many students and young professionals who can’t afford to buy), a lot of the apartments that are available are really crappy. And disgusting. So, often times, if a nice apartment is available in a really great neighborhood, people will offer more than the asking price, because tons and tons of people fill out applications for the same apartment. If 20 people fill out applications for 1 apartment, and 1 of those people is willing to offer the landlord an extra $100 or something every month, who do you think the landlord will choose?

Again, Boston is a really competitive rental market, so I can’t say if this is common anywhere else.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I didn’t even know it is possible to negotiate rent prices…

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Everything is negotiable!!  The worst they can say is no.  I definitely negotiated the rent in my last apartment and I got one heck of a deal.  I’d been living in a 1bd/1ba for years and always paid on time, no complaints and i used that to my advantage.  I ended up getting a 2bd/2ba for about $400 less than my friend who had the same type of apartment in the same complex!!!  I accidentilly told her one night after drinking too much.. i felt terrible about that part…. Of course it will depend on supply/demand in your area… I knew that there were a lot of apartments sitting empty.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@tmsing:  I haggled a resign on one of my old apartments. I had been in the same apt for 2 years and was resigning for a third, but I honestly couldn’t afford the rent anymore so I basically just told them that I needed 250 off to stay there. With a bit of back and forth, they decreased it $200 a month.  When I moved out, they raised the rent $700 so I guess I got a good deal ya

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