What Owners like to see is a minimum of a two-year lease, excellent credit, proof of funds in case of emergency, excellent references and you might be able to negotiate better terms.
I would say if the price was really high, and the unit has been on the market for over a week, offer the Landlord a longer lease (2 years), provide him with copies of rent canceled checks showing that you pay on time. A letter of recommendation from past Landlords. You may get lucky by doing so.
Landlord prefer long term tenants, since they don't have to deal with unit turn over and loss of rent while renting their vacancies.
I hope this information is helpful.
Millennium Real Estate Development Inc.
Yeprem P. Davoodian
It will also help if you have been a good tenant to begin with.
Keep your credit in order, some landlords will re run your credit at the lease renewal.
Kawain Payne, Realtor