12 Unexpected Perks You Can Negotiate When You Sign an Apartment Lease

The summer rental “season” has just ended and there is more inventory of available rental apartments this September than in any other year for the past 21 years.

Now is the time to negotiate some perks of your own. Don’t be afraid to ask for some free rent, or a lower rent, or new appliances, or a new air conditioner, or whatever you think the apartment lacks. If your credit is good and you are a desirable possible tenant, find a landlord who will work with you.

While you’re negotiating your perks or lower rent, why pay a broker’s fee? With nearly 6,000 of the city’s best No Fee apartments in all neighborhoods, all sizes, and all price ranges, RDNY.com will pass on all renter incentives that landlord’s are currently offering directly to you.

Maybe you found the perfect apartment after weeks of fruitless searching, but the rent is just a wee bit out of your budget. Or maybe you just received the renewal notice for your current apartment from your landlord, and your rent is getting bumped up a lot more than you’d like for next year. Your first step, in either case, is to negotiate a lower rate.

But what do you do when the landlord won’t budge?

If you’re a good tenant (paying on time, even early), you might find that they’re willing to give you a break with some free or discounted perks instead. It’s like negotiating a new job—when the salary isn’t flexible, you go after improved benefits and extra vacation days. While the perks aren’t exactly the same as a reduced rental rate, they can mean money in your pocket.

When the rental rate is fixed, here are 12 other concessions you can ask for instead:

Source: 12 Unexpected Perks You Can Negotiate When You Sign an Apartment Lease | Apartment Therapy

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Written by Lorenzo

Lorenzo has been hanging around the RDNY.com office for the past 20 years, and, in the process, has become the president of RDNY.com, Rent-Direct.com, and Acmelistings.com. His mission is to build RDNY.com into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before RDNY.com, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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