How can i fight a rent increase?
February 11, 2009 10:09 PM Subscribe
My 1 year NYC apartment lease is up, and I just receive a lease extension offer with a $100 increase. How can I cite the economic downtown and renew the lease without paying the increase?
posted by avex to Work & Money (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a 6th floor walkup in Manhattan and pay $2400 a month, and my one year lease expires at the end of March. The landlord/management company sent me a letter offering a 1 year renewal, but with a $100 rent increase!! I hope to stay here, but since the economy is in tatters, and I am a freelancer, I want to argue a strong case to keep the rent at $2400.
Does anyone have any advice on how I can convince the landlord that it is a poor time for a rent increase? Do I have any grounds to push back, or am I at their mercy?
I also got nervous today since my original broker called asking if I intended to renew, which made me think she was keen to put the apartment back on the market and was hoping I would leave. I was surprising to get her call because she never took any of my calls once the lease was signed even though I had some issues with the apartment.
The apartment is not rent controlled (but it was with the previous tenant who paid something like $400 a month!). I know the landlord can raise the rent to whatever they like, but a rent increases just doesn't feel like a good idea at the moment.
Thanks for your words of wisdom!