Should I ask my landlord to lower my rent?

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  • Posted by chipmunk4 on April 13, 2020.
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  • Members 1 post
    April 13, 2020, 6:11 p.m.

    I moved to my upstate house summer house due to coronavirus and basically we're not using my rental apartment for over a month. Should I ask for a lower rent? It's a very expensive storage now. Also, I'm considering getting out of the lease. What are my options? Should I hire a lawyer?

  • April 13, 2020, 6:28 p.m.

    It's always worth a try to speak with your landlord, but in most cases, you won't be successful unless you can explain/prove a financial hardship such as loss of income. It also really depends on your landlord's personal empathy and their own financial obligations. If your landlord has maintenance workers, utilities, etc to pay then they might not able to bend the rules as much.

    If you want to break your lease, read over your lease. You might not only lose your deposit but also be obligated to pay the rest of the rent that you own according to your lease. You might have an easier time breaking your lease if there is something your landlord has not fulfilled, such as your apartment is not habitable due to damage, mold, heating issues, no running water, etc.

  • Members 10 posts
    April 14, 2020, 3:19 p.m.

    You can talk to your landlord, but it's not guaranteed anything will happen in your favor.