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ASKING A LANDLORD FOR DISCOUNTS ON RENT

The keys to any aspect of negotiation regarding your hunt for a right-fit rental property are knowledge and confidence. Fortunately, your confidence in your own negotiation skills will often increase as your understanding of rental properties and standard leases and practices grows. If are you fairly unfamiliar with common rental stipulations, you will find it worth your while to learn everything that you can in hopes of obtaining the very best overall deal for yourself. When you are acquainted with what most landlords look for in a tenant, you will be more able to present yourself in the right light to your own potential landlord. When you know specific details of other rental establishments' protocols, you will feel more confident requesting a change to a lease agreement. This same idea applies to asking for discounts on rent.

Presenting a Compelling Argument

While you certainly would not want to technically argue it out with a prospective landlord over your rent, you will need to draft and present a very compelling argument for why rent should be lowered, such as damages not taken care of in the final rental walk through. Your demeanor in making a request such as this one should be calm and collected. It will help to go in having a full strategy well mapped out, including how important the lowered rent is to you and if you are willing to turn down the lease and move along to other properties if the answer is no. By pondering various scenarios that could arise and deciding on your own reaction in advance, you can avoid feeling uncomfortable or pressured when in the course of speaking with your (hopefully) landlord-to-be.

As you can imagine, a request that the monthly rent be lowered without a reason that appeals to your landlord's logical will not go far. You will need to ask yourself honestly if there is a special characteristic of you, perhaps based on a stellar rental history, that you can essentially exchange with the landlord for a better rate. If you have little rental history and hardly any credit history, you will probably not have a great deal of power within negotiations of this sort. When you do come equipped with an outstanding credit rating and glowing residential references, you are a potential tenant that property managers want to stay. Experienced, financially stable tenants are treasured by landlords for the fact that they present a lower risk than many others.

There are measures you can take to lower your rent in lieu of cutting the penultimate profile of a renter based on past references. Some efforts will probably result in minimal savings, if any, while others can result in much more impressive savings for you. For instance, you could offer to pay your rent ahead of schedule. If rent is typically due within the first week of the month and you volunteer to always pay on the first day, or even on the last day of the preceding month, you may be able to shave a small amount off of your total. When you establish circumstances such as these, however, you should be fastidious in sticking to them.

Asking a landlord for discounts on rent may have more successful results if you volunteer to pay rent as a lump sum. Normally, of course, tenants pay on a monthly basis, committing to have their payment to the landlord by a certain day of the month. If you are able to pay for several months up front, particularly if you can pay for six months or more, you will probably meet with a willingness to reduce the total you pay.

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