Are you wondering how to successfully negotiate for a lower rent? Knowing the right techniques will determine the success of the transaction. Here are ten ways for you to effectively negotiate for a lower rent.
Tip # 1 Let your landlord know you are the ideal tenant
In making a deal it is important that you have something the other party will be interested in. When it comes to taking a lease what every landlord wants is a tenant who will not give them any headache in every aspect. These aspects among others include paying rent on time all the time and someone who will not cause any problem at all. Make sure your landlord knows you are a good tenant. If he is a prospective landlord show some proof that you have been an ideal tenant in the former unit you were renting.
Tip # 2 Do some research
Search for any rental specials online. If the place you are renting has a website check out what they are offering to new tenants. Then see what other complexes have to offer and make the comparison. You will certainly see some newer units that are offering comparable rent to your older apartment. You can use this comparison to determine a reasonable deal with your landlord.
Tip # 3 Use positives when negotiating
Emphasize your best characteristics as a tenant but make sure these positive aspects are true. Moreover apart from not telling even as much as a “white” lie, avoid telling your landlord that you would rather move to another complex if you can’t get a lower rent unless of course this is real and that you are ready to move out. Landlords know the cost and hassle of moving so most likely they will take you on that challenge. From then on negotiations not only went down the drain your relationship with your landlord has also become strained. Be confident when striking a deal but keep the atmosphere friendly.
Tip # 4 Offer to pay several months in advance
When you pay in advance you are in a better position to ask for a discount because landlords find it very attractive to receive cash in bulk rather than wait for the rent’s due since there are several things he can use the money on. Landlords will always prefer to have someone renting out their apartment than having it vacant.
Tip # 5 Sign up for the long term
You can ask for a reasonable discount if you are going to stay for more than a year. What makes a longer contact better is that it saves you from rent increase after the first year and if within the two years the manager finds you to be a valuable tenant you are also in a better position to make a deal for a lower rent. Just be prepared for a counter bargain from the landlord.
Tip #6 Let them know you can take on the small repairs
Promise that you can take care of the minor stuff. If you are negotiating for an extension of the contract give them a list of the minor repairs you did yourself and did not bother them about even if the contract states it is their responsibility. Assure them you will continue to take care of the small stuff.
Tip #7 Time your deal right
If you are a new tenant check for how long the unit has been empty. You will be in a better bargaining position if the unit has been empty for a month or more. If you are a current tenant whose contract is almost over you have more likely received a letter from your landlord already. You really do not have to jump the gun. Just stay calm. In fact you can wait for the follow up letter to arrive. Landlords are more open to negotiations when your contract is almost over.
Tip #8 Check the competition
This means more research. See if the complex where you are renting have more vacant rooms than occupied ones. Make your landlord realize it is better business to keep you because it will be additional cost on his part to have another unit vacant while you also cannot afford a rent increase. When he knows you are a good tenant he would want to keep you for as long as possible.
Tip #9 Tell the truth
When your current financial condition just cannot afford any additional expenses tell your landlord. The fact is they know the economic conditions too and they know they will be spending more if the unit is vacant. This way you can reach an agreement where the end is beneficial to both of you.
Tip #10 Write a letter
Either your landlord is the owner or he answers to a higher authority a deal is best put into writing. Make your letter clear and factual so that what your landlord needs to do is just affirm and confirm. Your landlord already knows you are a valued renter and of course as in any business they want to keep a good customer with them for a long time.