How to Best Approach Your Landlord
The best way to approach your landlord is in writing, although Mistry advises that setting up a meeting and discussing the matter in person would better, as it allows you to set the tone of your request as well as your intentions. He adds that doing so will make it easier for you to keep your future communication with your landlord in context.
"Prepare a strong and convincing case for yourself," says Mistry. If you're looking for a rent reduction, you have to have an objective reason. This can either be the fact that rents are reducing in general or that you have found a cheaper deal elsewhere. Make sure, however, that you have proof to back this up. Mistry reveals that this will make your argument more credible when you approach your landlord for a rent reduction.
Once You Have All of Your Facts
Once you have gathered all of your facts, Mistry explains that you need to have a reasonable solution to possible questions, which could include; how much of a reduction do you need and for how long. Knowing these answers before your meeting or written request will help you build a strong, credible request.
After Your Request
"Be prepared to haggle, so start in a position more favorable to what you are ultimately willing to accept. Try to present a win-win scenario to the landlord rather than trying to 'defeat' the landlord," Mistry explains. Who adds that being a good tenant and reminding the landlord of how good of a tenant you have been will help build a strong case for your rent reduction request.