(Closed) Ever haggled over rent prices?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Absolutely! My landlady was asking for $1200/month and we got it down to $1050/month on a 14 month lease. So glad we did it- it’s by far my favorite place we’ve lived 🙂

Post # 18
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@nber0815:  Yeah, Boston renting is pretty insane. Even in SERIOUSLY bad areas, it’s STILL ultra-expensive! I have a co-worker that has a $1,600/mo apartment in Dorchester. She’s had FOUR shootings (two fatal) on her block in the last 6 months!

We’ve haggled rent increases (Woo, $30 off $1900/mo in rent!).

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@BrandNewBride:  WHAT! For how many bedrooms!? I don’t even pay much more than that & Fiance and I live in the North End! Granted, in Dorchester, the apartment is probably a palace compared to mine, but still. I think I’d rather lose a few square feet and not risk getting shot at.

Boston is nuts. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

The only time I have haggled is this year but that is because the unit they showed us ended up not being available when we went to sign the papers (an incoming superintendent couple wanted that unit instead of the one that was originally held for them).

We asked for a reduction based on having to take another unit and they dropped it to match what the previous tenant payed, was about $80 a month difference.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@tmsing:  Absolutely you can negotiate rent prices! When I was in college I found this beautiful 3 bedroom, 1 bath apartment that I haggled down from $800 to $625 (for reference I lived in CT at the time) in exchange for mowing the lawn every two weeks and shoveling the stairs/walkway in the winter. I think it was an excellent deal 🙂

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I got two months’ rent off for paying a whole year in advance on my college apartment senior year.  I knew I was only staying a year and that I’d definitlely be there the whole year so it was a safe bet.  The place was only $450/mo so $4500 wasn’t too hard to swing (for my Grandpa who wrote the check, haha).

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I offered my current landlord $50 less per month than what he was asking if we signed a 2 year lease instead of just one year. We did end up signing for 2 years instead of one, but I didn’t get the rent decrease.  The landlord did agree to replace the carpeting, a cracked bathroom window, and 3 older wndows upstairs though. He also offered to take the rent towards the purchase price of the house (as in rent to own) if we decide to make an offer to purchase the house at the end of our lease.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Yep, we’ve done it multiple times. It’s worked all but once… and at least we tried! 

We normally partner it with an extended lease– we do 18 month leases and ask for about $50 off the rent. I actually got the tip a while ago from HGTV 🙂 

Post # 25
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@nber0815:  I know it’s 2 BR, since she has two kids… But that could still mean 600sqft! I know she’s Secion 8, so that really narrows down where she can live!

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 It’s regional.  If you’re in an area with very limited inventory, you’ll get laughed out the door, because there are plenty of people waiting to pay full price. If you’re in an area with lots of inventory, it’s a bit more negotiable. 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I literally just did it this weekend haha!  We negotiated it down to $50 off what they were asking if we extended the lease to 18 months rather than the six they were asking.  It was a great compromise for both parties!  Soooo turns out we’re renting a 2bd 1.5 ba house with a HUGE yard that the owner pays to have taken care of for $725.  Oh yeah.

We started by lowballing, though.  We offered $100 less knowing they wouldn’t take that and would meet us in the middle.  So now they feel like they win, but really we did! lol.

They also are holding the house for us until December – and it’s been empty for half of October.  They are literally just willing to throw away a month and a half of rent.  That’s how non-competitive the renting market is here, and that’s also the power of being responsible people who make good first impressions.  It’s worth their wait!

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee

We’re currently renting month to month as of now for the same price as a 12 month lease. We’re thinking about offering to sign a 12 month lease with our landlord if she 1) replaces the carpet (its GROSS!) or 2) knocks off $100 from the montly rent. 

We rented our place through craigslist without seeing it in person and we got really lucky.. except for the carpeting situation. Our landlord said her previous tenants were horrible so I think she was expecting us to be terrible too, therefore, not going through the trouble to replace the carpet. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I live in one of the most expensive areas of the country which has a corresponding lack of property so if you tried to haggle the rent you’d be laughed out of the door and the next person in the long queue behind you would get the property. However, you might well be able to negotiate rent increases.

Having said this, when we rented a shared student house years ago we got quite a big discount on the rent by taking responsibility for delivering the total house rental to the landlord rather than him having to collect it room by room. It did mean that we had to be very careful who we shared with because we were responsible for any shortfall but the rent reduction was worth taking the risk for.

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