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How to negotiate a better deal on an appartment.

Asked by cherget (1points) November 19th, 2007

i live in boson and am looking to move out from the dorms of lasell college. I know its rather expenive in this area. Im just wondering if there is a way to save some cash.

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cwilbur's avatar

You can always try to negotiate a lower rent, but apartment rentals in the greater Boston area are a seller’s market, so it’s unlikely to get you anywhere.

Your best bet is probably to find roommates you can live with to rent the apartment together.

figbash's avatar

Unfortunately, supply and demand will prevail on this one, as it does in all of the high rent cities. If you don’t rent it at that price, someone else will.

A landlord may be even willing to hold out for a month or two with it not rented, because annually, they’ll lose more money if they rent it to you for less. I’m speaking from some experience. I thought I was slick enough to negotiate in the Seattle area, and was very quickly put in my place.

Someone else may have had a different experience in a different city, but I think you should give up hope on negotiating in Boston. Check Craig’s List for other renting options.

nyabinghidrums's avatar

Both the above responses are correct, but you could try for an apartment a little ways outside the city and let the landlord know you’re a college student and would like to know if there’s any way you could work something out as far as possibly lowering the rent.

Hope this was at least a little bit of help.

mikeyC's avatar

Yes once I got reduce rent for helping a lady( she had MS) she became my best friend as well so It might help both of you, if you willingness to do or help with domestic things is an option.

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