When you are considering renting a furnished apartment, it is important to understand exactly what will be included. This may vary from property to property, so you’ll want to view the property if possible and also read the lease terms very carefully before agreeing to rent the space. If you want additional items to be included in your furnished apartment, then you’ll need to ask ahead of time to see if this is possible. Here are are some tips to help you negotiate with your potential landlord or property manager:
Read the lease terms carefully
Before you try to approach your new potential landlord or property manager, carefully read the lease terms so that you understand everything about the agreement that is being offered and all of the details of the furnished apartment. Write down any questions that you may come up with when reviewing the lease terms. It might help to print out a copy of the lease and mark it up with a highlighter to help you reference any parts that might not be clear to you, so that you can more easily request clarification and details in an efficient and thorough manner. Doing your research ahead of time will help you avoid wasting your potential landlord or property manager’s time, which will help you make a good impression on them if you do decide to become their tenant.
Talk to your landlord or property manager
Be upfront about your questions and the additional items you would like to be included in your furnished apartment. It will be best to know on the front end whether your requests can be fulfilled or not, so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you should rent this specific furnished apartment.
Be flexible and willing to compromise
If you really like a particular furnished apartment, then it might help you get some of the additional items you request to be included if you are willing to shave off some items on the list. Being willing to compromise will help you negotiate the agreement to get at least some of the accommodations you are requesting, if possible. Having a hard and firm list of requirements might not get you very far if you find that some landlords or property managers aren’t willing to budge on the items included in a furnished apartment. However, most landlords may be more willing to negotiate if you are flexible when making your requests.
Understand that when renting a furnished apartment out, a landlord or a property manager has likely already made a significant investment in outfitting the apartment with furnishings. When making a request for extra items to be included in your furnished apartment, it may help you to be realistic and able to accept that your request may not be able to be fulfilled.
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