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Rent Negotiation - Manchester City Centre

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Hi all,

I'm looking to rent an apartment in the centre of Manchester which is totally awash with empty, new apartments at the moment.

Have figured that there must be scope for rent negotiation as some of these apartments have clearly been on the market for months.

Was just wondering what we could realistically get away with offering on a property of around £750 per month?

Any ideas or anecdotal evidence would be greatly appreciated.


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When negotiating, remember that you are both trying to gain something from the relationship. Put yourselves in the landlord's position and figure out what risks/expenses they have and provide means to take these on or remove them. I have once paid 6 months rent in advance for a reduction in the monthly rent. This removed any risk of me not paying rent on time.

If there are plenty of rents on the market, try looking at several on the same day with the same letting agent. This at least demostrates you are serious about finding something right for you. Maybe say something along the lines "I like house x, but can not justify the extra cost over house y. Would the landlord accept a rent of ***"

In negotiations, have a "Best alternative to a negotiated outcome". If your negotiations fail, what is your fall back. Only agree to something which is better than this.


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