How far in advance should I look for an apartment?
November 3, 2005 1:40 PM Subscribe
How far in advance should one look for an apartment to rent, if seeking both leverage to negotiate and a good selection?
posted by meeeeeep to home & garden (6 answers total)
I am moving back to Vancouver in December. I want to start a lease December 15. Some time between now and then, I need to find a place, and to negotiate a lease for it. Since my wife and I are a professional, responsible, non-smoking, no pets, no kids couple with excellent references, I like to bargain hard on rent.
I negotiated the lease for our last apartment about three weeks before the start of the lease. I got a great discount. I negotiated the lease for our apartment before that about 10 days before the start of the lease, and did not get a particularly good discount.
My sense is that, usually, the closer you get to your desired start date, the more negotiating power you have - landlords don't like empty apartments. But inventory dwindles. Is there any optimal time for apartment hunting/negotiating?