Sunday, April 19, 2009

Rent stress!

We pay $1500 a month for our 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment.  We got a copy of our lease for renewal, and the rent will go up to $1550 for the next year.  Normally, I would be okay with this, because I had been worried that the rent would go up $100.  

But instead, I am feeling pretty aggravated about the rent because a few weeks ago we saw a sign on the main door of our apartment building advertising an open house where 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartments were going for $1375-$1425 and 2 bedroom/1.5 bathroom apartments were going for $1500.  Meaning our apartment would be $125-175 cheaper a month!

My husband wrote an email to the management company, but he hasn't sent it yet.  Basically he questions why our rent is so high, when the same apartments are being advertised (ON OUR DOOR) for so much cheaper.  He also pointed out that doing this wasn't very tactful on their part.  He doesn't act for anything specifically, just for more of an explanation.  He also points out that it seems that we would easily be able to save this money if we were to move to another apartment in the same building.  Also, we checked craigslist and found a bunch of listings for these apartments.  We wouldn't have even bothered to check online though, if it wasn't for the sign on the front door.

So here's my question: Do you think it is worth it to send the email?  Should we ask for something in particular, or just express our general dissatisfaction?

3 comments: said...

That seems so unfair! I would ask the question.

Candie @ broke and not so fabulous said...

I think its completely worth it to send the email/letter. Sometimes landlords think that we aren't paying attention, and profit off of that.

Fabulously Broke said...

Send it and ask for them to match that price.

*shrug* Some people did that and got their rent lowered as a result because they made a mistake

It's recession pricing - take advantage of it, or else they're just going to try and make any extra dollars any way they can to pad their profits.

Either you take the money, or they do.