I have just received a letter from our Real Estate Agents saying that they would like to increase out rent by about 6% which equates to $30 a week. I get the feeling that they are just trying to sucker us for more money because we rang them early to renew our lease.
Although it is not much, I don't really feel like paying the extra. We are good tenants, have paid our rent on time, everytime and have not had any problems with any of the neighbours (maybe one, but that story another time).
Does anyone have any evidence or any strategies to negotiate the price downwards. I keep reading that in Manhattan you can negotiate three free months on a year long leave and get a discount of 10% off what you were paying for renewing your lease!
I have so much equipment that it would be such a hassle to move, and if push comes to shove, we will pay the extra - but ideally would like to be paying the same or less rent.