(Closed) Did you haggle to lower your rent?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 3
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We haven’t done this but we rent our condo out and applicants do ask us to lower the price with frequency. They apply, we review the application, and through their real estate agent, during the acceptance process they ask for concessions in rent. Mostly by $50 or so a month. We usually accept as long as they look like promising renters.

Post # 4
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Not haggling per say, but I’ve gotten upgrades? For instance, I liked the apt we are in now, but the price was higher by just a little. I got them to throw in a covered parking space (goes for $25) and accent walls painted. 

Post # 7
12614 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In my area, you don’t negotiate for apartment rents.  They are more than happy to rent to the next persn who comes in the door if you aren’t willing to pay what they’re asking.

Post # 8
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It’s standard around here, but usually has a fee attached. Just like with anything, I think places are more inclined to throw in extras versus lowering the price. Like when we booked our wedding venue, they couldn’t come down on price but they comped our rooms for the night before and after!

Post # 11
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@ToTheRiot:  also if you offer to sign a two-year lease, they may work with you, since you’re saving them from having to find another renter in a year.  I did that with one place, not to lower the rent but to get upgrades, and my landlord was happy to accommodate me. Can’t hurt to try!

Post # 12
1800 posts
Buzzing bee

We couldn’t really haggle because the only apartment that we found that we actually liked is in a very popular complex that has people applying everyday. Luckily the rent is something that we can afford! Have you considered just renting the two bedroom from them right away, but getting a roommate for the second room until you can afford the rent yourself? That’s what we did, and our roommate will be moving out once our lease is up in August. I think private owners would be more willing to negotiate than an actual complex because they know what they can get for that money, and they also have the funds to carry an empty property a bit longer.

Post # 13
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@abbie017:  haha yep. Sometimes it felt like we had to put on a circus act to impress the landlords. The perfect tenant can be crossing every finger and toe hoping they get picked for a crappy expensive basement suite with a funky smell. The market here is insanely tight. 

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