I'm an ex-property manager, and this article is spot-on, dead in the black right on all counts. If I had a sharp-looking on-time prospective tenant come to me with a pre-prepared rental resume, written recommendations, saved me the trouble of pulling their credit report, and a clear list of their needs and wants, I'd bend over backwards for them.
Tell me you'll set up an automatic rent payment from your bank, and I would happily give a discount, just on the basis of my not having one more thing to stress about on the first of the month. I loved my auto-pay tenants. For every renter family that had me on auto-pay, I sent them grocery store gift certificates for their Thanksgiving turkeys. Honey, I *cherished* those folks and treated them like the gold they were to me.
Posted: 14 Oct 2009 05:00 AM PDT
This article is by GRS staff writer Adam Baker. Currently, Baker is fat and in debt.
We all know how to rent a typical, cookie-cutter apartment or house. Find a contact number. Set-up a walk through. Fill out the application. Pay your fee and wait for a response.
But sometimes typical just doesn't cut it.
Maybe you're looking to secure a unique apartment in an irresistible location. Or you might be seeking the only house for rent in a certain school district. Heck, you may even find yourself in New Zealand needing a short-term (3-month) lease when everyone wants a 6-month minimum. *raises hand*
Whatever your motivation, here are nine ways you can knock the socks off your next landlord or property manager:
Once you've established yourself as a strong candidate…leverage it! Knocking the socks off your landlord is not just for fun! After positioning yourself as an ideal applicant, don't be afraid to start negotiating.
Here in Auckland, Courtney and I had luck negotiating ourselves into a three-month lease even though it ended in the middle of December (bad timing when trying to re-rent). At our last apartment in the States, the complex ended up waiving both the application fee and our required deposit.
Try asking for a 10% rent discount. Many apartment complexes run unadvertised specials, and the individual landlord will often discount if he believes you'll be a quality tenant.
I've seen people have luck requesting upgrades on appliances or requiring that an owner furnish a washer/dryer when previously it wasn't included. If your condo or apartment charges extra for amenities (gym, pool, parking), try asking for access to be included in your rent.
Most people are scared because they think it's uncommon to ask for more. I've been on both sides of the rental equation and this sort of negotiation happens all the time. If you don't ask, the answer will always be "no". So get out there, impress some people, and take your apartment or house hunting to the next level!
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