Can I ask for a rent reduction?
January 29, 2012 6:17 PM Subscribe
I want a reduction in rent, but landlord hasn't renewed the lease yet. I have rented an apartment located in Virginia for the past year; the location is wonderful and the unit is spacious, but the management company is less than ideal. I'm willing to put up with that if I can get a reduction in my rent. Do I have a chance? What do I say?
posted by anonymous to home & garden (6 answers total)
Currently I am off lease, it expired in mid-December. I had sent an email in early January reminding them about renewing, and it was forwarded to the head of the management company but I haven't heard anything since. I genuinely feel that the apartment is not worth the amount I am currently paying - it's old and it shows. Other units have newer fixtures and better amenities and they are paying the same amount I am, and to boot, the company isn't maintaining the surrounding property very well. Add in the fact that I called maintenance in early December about a window pane that was painted in place having come out of the frame. I called maintenance and made an appointment to have it fixed - I ended up taking a day off of work as he kept pushing the time back further and further only to never show up. I had to tape the window into place because an open window gets really cold really fast in December (and haven't been able to make another appointment because I can't afford to take another day off for someone that might not show up!)
However, I can put up with all that, I just don't want to move or pay as much in rent (please note I will actually move if the rent doesn't get lowered OR their practices don't get better). I want to email to ask for a reduction in rent, but with no longer having a lease, I'm worried. FWIW, I am a good tenant, I pay on time and have no complaints against me. There are at least two other units, possibly more, in the building that have been empty for months. (I also don't want to move at this point because I have heard stories from previous tenants about them not giving or taking forever to get their security deposits back, and I can't afford that kind of a gaping hole in my bank account right now).
So do I have a shot at this? I'd like to start low and ask for a $150 reduction, but I'm not sure if I'm asking too much. What should I say? Since I am off-lease and they say no, how much notice do I have to give them that I am moving? If they say no and ask me to vacate, how much time do they have to give me?