roommate's leaving. any chance of negotiationg a way to keep the place myself but with a lower rent for single occupancy?
February 6, 2009 2:56 PM Subscribe
Longtime roommate is moving out, and I'm not so hot on getting a new one. Any tips on the possibility of negotiating a rent decrease based on single-occupancy vs. double?
posted by bartleby to Home & Garden (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I've had the same roommate for many years. But she's moving out to live with her boyfriend (not a temporary thing).
We had each other pretty well "trained", and so I'm not that enthusiastic about getting another roommate.
But I'm also not that enthusiastic about doubling my rent either. As much as I really like our current place, it's a bit too pricey to carry all by myself for more than a few months while I decide what to do.
So I'm thinking, if anyone has ever negotiated with a landlord (amicably, he's a nice fellow ans has treated us right) and had any success on a "there were two people in the unit paying X dollars a month, now that there's only one tenant, any chance of knocking a couple hundred dollars off the rent?" type deal, could you give me any hints?
I'd like to stay put, but not at the current price. A couple hundred dollars a month either way is the difference between keeping the place or moving elsewhere that's cheaper but not so nice.
I'm in San Francisco, which has a notoriously tight (read: insane) rental market, but I figure it couldn't hurt to ask. But I also figure it couldn't help to get any pointers that the hive mind might be able to give me first.