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California G…, Renter in San Ramon, CA

Can landlords give a reduction on the original rent increase to one renter but not to the others?

Asked by California Girl, San Ramon, CA Fri Jul 8, 2011

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O. K. We are in total agreement that a landlord can give different terms to different tenants as long as there is no legally prohibited discrimination against any tenant. Now that you have your answer, what are you going to do? If you believe that you have a valid reason for your landlord to reduce your rent, talk to him/her about the issue. The answer may be “no” but you will know where your stand. Perhaps you can make a good enough case to get your landlord to cut you some slack.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 12, 2011
In addition to what Bernard says, there are other factors for consideration....a lower rate may be given to a renter who has favored status with the landlord, like perhaps a relative or a friend.

Regular renters could also have a different rent from those who are Section 8 renters, too.

Long-term renters could have a lower rate than new renters. Someone with a one-year lease may pay less per month than someone who is only there for 6-months, or month-to-month.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
Sure, why not? A rental agreement is just a contract between two parties, renter and landlord. A landlord could have a 4-plex with four different tenants all paying different rents. Rent is primarily a function of supply and demand.

Bernard Gibbons

Bernard Gibbons, J. Rockcliff Realtors
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
Hello California Girl,

A rental agreement is subject to terms and conditions agreed upon by the two parties. Rents can go up and rents can go down. Next time, negotiate and be prepared to move if needed. It may make a difference.

Vickie Nagy
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
Yes, depending on the terms both parties agree to.

Possibly higher rental rate for occupants with animals, extra roommates,etc. or even higher rents with people with bad credit with higher deposits.

Lower rents would entail renting to someone that they have a relationship with, or they received a really strong referral from someone that they trust highly.

However, there's no means of controlling rent expect the renter's and their price they want to pay for the area, which is similar to buyers of real estate. They dictate the prices in areas.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
HI California Girl, Yes, there are many different reasons a landlord will reduce 1 tenant's rent and not others.
the list is long.

hope that helps
All the Best
Dave & Lisa
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